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Oral Health Red Flags

July 26, 2016
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Posted By: Dr. David Donatelli
woman with tooth pain | Dentist in Doylestown PA

Oral Health Problems to Look For

Your oral health affects your overall health, so it's important to stay on top of your at-home care, as well as your regular professional cleanings and visits to the dentist. Studies have linked poor oral health to higher risks for heart and respiratory conditions. Even if you do keep up with your dental exams, issues can still come up. Here're some oral health red flags to look out for: 

  • Pain: Of course if you're experiencing pain in your teeth or gums, you should contact a dentist right away. Whether you've experienced a specific injury, or if the pain seems to come out of nowhere, it's important to have a professional examine your mouth to ensure that no further damage occurs. 
  • Sensitivity: If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold items in your mouth, this could be a sign of serious issues like severe tooth decay, or nerve exposure. If you notice that the sensitivity is in one specific area, or on one tooth, try to take note of this so you can let your dentist know. If this problem persists, be sure to schedule an appointment with a dentist. 
  • Bleeding: Regular flossing and brushing should not cause your gums to bleed. If you are experiencing bleeding during your at-home care routine, this could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to sensitivity, increased risk of tooth decay, and it has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Your dentist will be able to help you form a treatment plan to address the severity of your condition. 
  • Loose teeth: If your teeth become loose, or actually fall out, this is a sign of severe tooth decay. See your dentist immediately to evaluate what treatments are needed for your situation, including replacement options. 

The key to any of these issues is catching them and treating them quickly. When dental problems are left untreated, they only become more severe, which often leads to tooth loss, pain, and a higher cost at the dentist. If you are unsure about any issues that you might be experiencing, the best bet is to visit your dentist to make sure everything is okay, and to prevent worsening of any symptoms. 

Contact Our Doylestown, PA Dental Office

If you have noticed a change in your oral health, it may be time to visit a dentist. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office today for more information, or to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist. We look forward to helping you achieve a happy, healthy smile!

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