Is that pain in your mouth due to a little extra sensitivity, or is it somethingmore?
Are you gums bleeding because you switched to a new toothbrush with stiffer bristles, or should you be concerned?
The health of your mouth is directly related to your overall health, so if you begin to notice certain signs, take them seriously.
So, how do you know when your mouth isn’t as healthy as it could be?
Keep an eye out for some of these signs and symptoms:
Tooth or jaw pain – This is probably the most obvious sign that something isn’t quite right in your mouth. Unfortunately, too many people tell themselves that the pain will “just go away,” or try to take care of it with some over-the-counter painkillers. Pain is your body’s way of saying that something is wrong, so make sure you come and get it checked out.
Bleeding gums – If your gums bleed whenever you brush them, it is usually caused by inflammation. Your gums have a huge impact on the health of your mouth, and if they’re inflamed, it could be a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis.
Dry mouth – If your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, it could lead to sores, tooth decay, cracked lips, and more. This could be caused by disease, medications, or the inevitable aging process. If you can’t determine the cause, then it might be a sign of bacteria or other problems.
Sores – Canker sores are not exactly a rare occurrence for some people. They show up and then disappear in a few days. However, if they don’t seem to go away, or other lesions or other unusual patches show up, it’s time to come in for a consultation.
Constant bad breath – Are people backing away from you while you speak, even when you didn’t have a spicy meal for lunch? Unexplained bad breath could be the first sign of gingivitis, so get it checked out before this condition has a chance to get worse.
Sensitivity – If you feel increased sensitivity to hot and cold, it might be an indication of tooth decay. If you are experiencing this situation, it’s usually because the dental decay has started to reach the nerves and blood vessels.
When These Signs Mean Something More
We’ve covered the mouth-body connection before, but it’s worth pointing out how the symptoms we find in your mouth may indicate potential concerns throughout the rest of your body.
We have even produced a tooth meridian chart that shows exactly how the mouth and body are connected. Take a look at this interactive chart and discover whether or not some of the aches and pains you may be feeling in your teeth could actually be related to some other problems.
This connection goes both ways. If your mouth has unchecked bacteria or inflammation from periodontitis, it can contribute to some diseases and other problems. At the same time, certain diseases, like diabetes, can lower a person’s ability to fight of infections, making oral problems a more serious risk.
Holistic Dental Solutions
If you begin to see signs of an unhealthy mouth, be sure to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Every patient is different, so while your symptoms may be similar, our approach to restoring your health will be unique to your body and your situation. Here, we treat the whole patient, not just the symptoms.
Whether you’re experiencing severe pain or a little bleeding when you brush your teeth, talk to us about your concerns and we’ll recommend the best course of action.