Recognizing Oral Health Problems in Your Teeth

Some oral health problems are obvious, like a painful toothache or blood in the sink every time you brush your teeth. But there are other signs and symptoms of oral health problems that can be much more subtle and easy to miss.

You may not associate the more subtle symptoms with your teeth and gums, or you don't necessarily experience any symptoms at all until you’re scrambling to get an emergency appointment with the dentist.

Like many health issues, oral health problems are preventable and easiest to treat when caught early. Our dental team offers a range of preventive, general, and cosmetic dentistry services at Arden Dental Group in the greater Asheville, North Carolina, area.

Signs and symptoms of oral health problems

Even if you don’t have any visible symptoms, you need preventive dental care for good oral health. If you haven’t been to the dentist for a routine dental exam and cleaning in the last six months to a year, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. 

Routine dental care is necessary to maintain your oral health and to catch and treat issues as quickly as possible. Plaque and tartar buildup are very difficult (if not impossible) to spot with the naked eye, so if you wait until you have symptoms to make an appointment, you could be looking at more invasive and expensive treatment. 

That’s especially true if you don’t have a good oral hygiene routine.

In addition to bleeding gums and tooth pain, some others signs and symptoms of oral health problems include:

  • Bad breath
  • Tooth sensitivity (hot or cold)
  • Mouth blisters or sores that are slow to heal or don’t heal
  • Visibly receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Dry mouth
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Swelling

Even if you keep up with your routine visits, you should schedule an appointment if you notice new symptoms, especially pain or signs of an infection.

Everything from underlying health problems and medication to your diet and lifestyle can affect your oral health, but many people ignore their oral health until something is wrong. 

If you’re one of these people, it’s never too late to take control of your oral health. At Arden Dental Group, we can help.

While tooth decay and gum disease are the most common causes of oral health issues, oral cancer is also a growing health concern. Early detection and treatment is essential in successfully treating oral cancer.

Whether you’re experiencing oral health problems or have perfect teeth and gums, the key to keeping them healthy is to keep up with your dental care at home and with regular dental exams and cleanings every six months.

For more information about our preventive dentistry services and how you can protect your teeth and gums from common oral health problems, contact us today to schedule an appointment.