Oral Health Warnings 101: Sores, Symptoms and Warning Signs

by on February 17, 2014 in Oral Health and Oral Hygiene
Oral Health Warnings 101: Sores, Symptoms and Warning Signs

There are many different ways your body can tell you something is wrong. One way is through the health of your teeth and gums. It’s important to know the oral health warnings to watch out for, so you can catch a problem during the beginning stages. This is sometimes easy to do, while others are best found by dental professionals, like those at All Dental Center in Watertown. Here is a look into the symptoms and warning signs to look out for.

Sensitivity to Hot or Cold Foods and Drinks

It’s not normal to wince in pain when you eat foods or drink beverages that are hot or cold. When there’s pain associated with these everyday tasks, it could mean that your oral health is deteriorating. This is a condition related to gum disease or gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal disease. In order to combat this problem, it’s best to set an appointment at our Watertown dental office to have a checkup performed, and a follow-up procedure scheduled. 

Bleeding, Swollen and Tender Gums

This is one of the early warning signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease. If you notice that your gums are tender or bleeding while brushing your teeth, then it’s a good idea to have a Watertown dentist take a look. When caught early enough, you have a better chance of stopping it before it progresses into something worse. Brushing your teeth three times a day and flossing after meals is a great way to halt the onset of gingivitis and can help prevent its progression into periodontal disease. 

Receding Gum Line

Gingival recession, or receding gum line, is when your gums start to recede due to gum tissue loss. This then exposes the roots of your teeth. It’s common for this to happen to adults who are 40 and older, but it can also occur in teenagers. Some cases are minor, which means that the crown-to-root exposure isn’t always prevalent. This can be caused by bruxism  (grinding of the teeth), heredity, not brushing and flossing frequently enough, self-induced vomiting associated with eating disorders, dipping tobacco and sensitivity to toothpastes that have SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). 

In order to maintain good oral health, it’s important to adopt a healthy regimen at home. This should include brushing three times daily, flossing and seeing your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. To schedule a visit, contact All Dental Center in Watertown today. 

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