What Your Mouth is Trying to Tell You about Your Oral Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, oral hygiene and dental visits drop significantly among Americans as they get older. Despite aches and pains, many adults largely ignore the state of their mouth aside from daily brushing and the occasional flossing session. But what you may be ignoring in your dental health could be indicative of something more serious. Here are some of the most common oral and dental complaints from U.S. adults and why you may want to pay attention.

Sensitivity to Temperatures – You may notice a sudden stinging sensation in your gums when you take a sip of a hot drink or simply breathe in icy air. The pain could be an indication that your gums have receded in certain spots, exposing the roots of a tooth, or that you need to not push so hard when brushing. Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures could also mean that a cavity has developed; if the ache lasts for a week or more, have your dental hygienist check it out.

Soreness – Perhaps you ate one too many sour candies or went in for a bite of pizza a little too soon after it came out of the oven, but while distracting and painful, soreness typically heals within a few days. However, if the pain lingers beyond three days or more it may be a sign of Vitamin A deficiency, which is used to regenerate connective tissue and collagen.

Bad Breath – You follow your dentist’s orders carefully and never forget to brush and floss your teeth at least once a day – and yet your stinky breath makes you more than a little self-conscious. Certain foods, such as garlic or onions, can cause a lingering funk, but if the smell occurs regardless of your diet, you might want to investigate further. Smell breath can be a sign of advanced gum disease.

Traveling Teeth – If you feel your teeth or even a single tooth has become loose or crooked, do more than pay attention. See your periodontist right away to conduct a thorough examination. Bone loss can occur around the teeth as a result of poor dental hygiene and periodontal disease. The sooner you can get expert treatment, the better chances you’ll have at protecting your teeth.

A Persistent Sour Taste – You gargle mouth wash and brush your teeth diligently, but everything you taste has a tinge of sourness. You could be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease, which causes the acids in your stomach to come up in your esophagus on a regular basis, causing heartburn and dental erosion.

Contact the Certified Periodontists in Brentwood!

If you experience the symptoms listed above or other dental pains or discomfort, get in touch with the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy to receive a proper diagnosis.  Dr. Alexandre Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky are expert periodontists and can create an effective treatment plan for you based on your specific situation and health needs.  To book an appointment at our Brentwood periodontal facility or to discuss any concerns you have about your oral care, please call at (310) 299-8329.