Oral health is an important aspect of your body’s overall health. You cannot be perfectly healthy if you have dental issues like cavities, tooth decay, and mouth sores.
The condition of your teeth and gums can hold certain clues as to where you stand health-wise, which is why it is so important to see your dentist regularly. Having dental cleanings and checkups will ensure that any dental trouble is caught early and treated promptly.
Many people choose to wait until oral problems become dental emergencies. Because a mouth infection can spread to other organs of the body if not treated, it is best to have a trusted dentist who knows you and your medical history, and who can treat you quickly if necessary.
Here are some early signs of dental trouble that you should be aware of since early detection often results in less damage to your dental tissues and therefore requires less-extensive treatment:
Bad breath (halitosis) is often a symptom of gum disease – so despite frequent brushing and using mouthwash, the odor still remains. If it is not addressed by a dentist, the bacteria could spread to your dental bones and cause an infection, possibly causing you to lose one or more teeth. The earlier you address it, the better.
A painful tooth is often due to a serious underlying dental issue. It could be a fracture, an impacted tooth, a cavity, tooth decay, or an abscess.
Tooth pain is also an early sign of gum disease. If you have a toothache that is not going away, make an appointment with a skilled dentist as soon as possible. The pain will not dissipate until you see a dentist for treatment.
If your teeth hurt more than usual after drinking something hot or cold, or after eating something sweet or sour, then your enamel may have worn down. Many factors can influence the thinning of the enamel, which is the protective top layer of your teeth. If it continues to thin, you will become susceptible to tooth fractures, decay, and gum disease.
Bleeding in the mouth or red gums is often caused by gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease – also called periodontal disease. If your gums bleed easily, have it checked by a dentist.
Mouth sores or ulcers are often the first sign of oral cancer. Sores also may be due to your braces or dentures. If you notice sores forming on your tongue or the inside of your mouth, have it checked as soon as possible.
If you are looking for a compassionate and experienced dentist who can help you stay healthy for a lifetime, schedule a visit with Dr. Ernie Soto. Our team provides emergency dental care for patients who have dental emergencies such as mouth pain, sudden bleeding gums, a cracked tooth, sores, and more.
If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at (954) 368-6264. You can also request an appointment now via our online form. We look forward to being your dental partner!