What are the Signs of Dental Diseases?
Posted on 4/25/2022 by Dr. John Abajian
|Dental health is crucial, and you need to maintain healthy gums and teeth throughout your life. Poor oral hygiene causes gum diseases and cavities, which are mainly associated with mouth cancer, heart diseases, and diabetes. Practicing good oral hygiene will help prevent long-term oral problems and expensive dental procedures.
Causes of Dental Diseases
Dental diseases range from cavities, gum diseases, sensitive teeth to oral cancer. There are numerous causes of dental ailments. The primary cause is failure to brush and floss your teeth daily, leading to tooth decay. If food particles accumulate on your teeth for a while, they form a plaque, which eventually affects the gums.
Another cause of dental diseases is eating and drinking sugary foods and beverages. If not properly cleaned, they promote bacteria growth. The acid-producing bacteria damage your tooth enamel, causing cavities. Smoking, certain infections, acid reflux, diabetes, and family genetics can also lead to gum diseases.
Signs of Dental Diseases
Dental diseases have numerous symptoms. Scheduling appointments regularly for check-ups will enable your dentist to identify the problem early before you see any sign. Swollen or bleeding gums after flossing or brushing are signs of dental diseases. You may also experience sores, ulcers, and tender areas in your mouth that don't heal. Besides, you can have a toothache, receding gums, chronic bad breath, frequent dry mouth, and broken or cracked teeth.
Other symptoms of dental diseases are a pain when biting or chewing, jaw clicking, cheek and face swelling, and sudden tooth sensitivity to cold or hot beverages. You may also have loose teeth, and gums pulled away from your teeth. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your dentist as soon as possible. If you have neck or facial swelling and high fever accompanied by any of these signs, ensure you seek emergency medical treatment.