We’ve all heard the expression “if these walls could talk.” Usually, it’s said because walls clearly have no ability to tell you what’s been going on. Fortunately, the same cannot be said for our teeth! There are many things your teeth can tell you – or at least tell your dentist!
“Help! Bacteria’s Bugging Me!”
Periodontal disease is an infection in the structure supporting your teeth. This problem is caused by bacteria becoming sticky plaque, then forming into tartar. This can cause swollen or red gums that bleed easily. If things progress further, your gums can begin to pull away from your teeth and form infected pockets that destroy your teeth’s supporting structures.
So, if your gums seem swollen or really red – or they bleed, it’s time to get your teeth checked out! If it’s been awhile since you last came into Gladstone Family Dentistry, your teeth may even feel a little loose, start to look crooked or fall out for no clear reason. These are all signs that bacteria has settled into your mouth – and it’s there to stay unless you get on a periodontal cleaning schedule.
“Phew, What Did You Eat?”
Bad breath or halitosis can mean any number of problems. If you have persistent bad breath – and you aren’t on an exclusive diet of stinky cheese and garlic – it’s time to come on in and find out what we can do to help alleviate the problem.
Bad breath can be caused by:
- Oral infections
- Poor dental hygiene
- Poorly fitted dentures
- Chronic dry mouth
- Mouth, nose, and throat conditions
- Certain medications
- Some diseases
The only way to find out the cause of your chronic bad breath is to visit the dentist. Part of the process will be updating your dental practitioner on any new medications you’re taking, additional symptoms or unexplained pains, and anything else you feel is relevant. Halitosis can be caused by periodontal disease – or it could be that you aren’t creating enough saliva and bacteria lives in your mouth for longer periods of time. So, don’t be embarrassed! Your dentist is here to help you fight bad breath.
“Ouch, This Jaw Pain is a Killer!”
Toothaches and jaw pain can come from different sources – both of which can be diagnosed and fixed by your dentist. Jaw pain coupled with achy tooth pain and headaches may be a sign of nighttime tooth grinding. Your best solution: a custom fitted night guard.
Sometimes though, jaw or tooth pain comes from another source. You could have an abscessed tooth, have damaged a tooth during an accident, or be suffering from TMJ. No matter the issue, we can diagnose the problem and treat it effectively here at Gladstone Family Dentistry.
Are you wondering what your mouth is trying to tell you? Find out! Make an appointment with Gladstone Family Dentistry and we will work with you to bring your mouth back to health.