6 Important Teeth Issues You Shouldn’t Ignore

teeth issues tooth health quoteHere is a guide of the some of the most important and common teeth issues you must watch out for – written by a bestselling wellness author.

It’s hard to imagine life without teeth. From chewing food properly to giving the jaw its shape, your teeth are one of the most important body parts. They need proper care, something many people fail to do. 

This leads to various teeth issues, such as cavities and tooth decay. 

If you have ever noticed that your teeth feel loose or hurt, it pays to know whether it is a serious condition or something which can be treated easily.

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Here are some of the most common teeth issues you must watch out for. 

6 Important and Common Teeth Issues

1. Gum Disease

Seeing blood in the sink when you brush could signal gum disease. It is caused by plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, which can irritate the gums and cause them to become inflamed. 

This inflammation can lead to bleeding during brushing, flossing, and overall soreness in your mouth.

Other symptoms of gum disease include

  • Swelling in your mouth or around your teeth 
  • Pain or tenderness when you eat or chew on foods
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures (this can indicate inflammation)
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away after brushing and flossing.

Regular teeth cleaning can help eliminate many teeth issues, including gum bleeding. But if the condition persists, you may need to visit a dentist for further diagnosis and treatment.

teeth Issues You Shouldn't Ignore2. Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can cause your gums to bleed. It is also known as bruxism and may be caused by stress, anxiety, or frustration. Some people grind their teeth when they sleep, too.

If you notice blood in your mouth after you wake up, then it’s likely that you were grinding your teeth during the night.

Here’s how you can deal with teeth grinding:

  • Cut down on stress and try to relax. 
  • Try a mouth guard if you grind your teeth frequently. This can help protect your teeth from further damage.
  • See your dentist for further information about managing teeth grinding problems.

3. Dry Mouth

A dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva and can lead to various teeth issues, such as cavities and gum disease. It is often caused by medications, smoking, and even dehydration.

To maintain proper oral hygiene with a dry mouth, try the following:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks.
  • Suck on sugar-free candy or chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production.
  • Use an alcohol-free mouthwash.
  • See your dentist for more advice and treatment options.

4. Toothache

Toothaches are usually caused by a cavity, a cracked or an abscessed tooth (a pocket of pus inside your jawbone). Eating or drinking without spilling food or liquid into your mouth is difficult if you have a toothache. This can irritate your gums further and cause them to bleed.

These tips will help manage your toothache:

  • Drink warm water or tea to soothe your mouth.
  • You can also use an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve pain and inflammation. See a dentist immediately for treatment if a cavity or abscessed tooth causes toothaches.

5. Receding Gums

Gum recession is when your gums pull away from the teeth, exposing more of their surface. It can make your teeth look longer and cause them to become sensitive. It is usually caused by gum disease (gingivitis), tooth grinding, or trauma from an accident.

6. Sores in Your Mouth

A mouth sore is an open wound on the soft tissues of your lips, cheeks, or tongue. It may be painful and sensitive to the touch. Sores can be caused by injuries or infections such as cold sores (herpes simplex virus) and oral cancer.

Here’s how to deal with mouth sores:

  • Use a soft toothbrush and warm water to clean your mouth gently.
  • Only use abrasive materials like brushes with rough edges or sponges that don’t bend easily.
  • Brush twice daily for two minutes each time.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and rinse with water after brushing.

Wrapping Up Teeth Issues

Teeth issues can arise if you fail to care for your teeth properly. If you have these symptoms, you must see a dentist immediately. Starting treatment at the first sign of issues can help prevent more severe problems from developing.

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