These Are The Top 10 Dental Symptoms For North Texas Residents


Pain in the jaw or mouth could be caused by a toothache.  A toothache many times is an indication that you may have tooth decay that has caused a cavity or could be a symptom also of gum disease.  In other cases, it could be an abscess or a tooth that is impacted.  If you have tooth or jaw pain you should come into see us right away to first see what the problem is and then to get you out of pain.

Many people will wait till the last minute to come in and get a toothache checked out, but the longer you wait you risk the tooth getting worse and even dying.  Don’t stay in pain.  Come into the office and let’s get you fixed up and out pain.

Sensitive Teeth

You may have sensitive teeth if your teeth begin to hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages or eat hot or cold foods.  There are several factors that can cause sensitive teeth issues such as tooth decay, fractured or slightly cracked teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel or an exposed  tooth root due to receding gums.  How sensitive teeth are treated depends on what is causing the problem.  There are several over the counter products that claim to treat sensitive teeth but some times only end up masking the real problem.  That is why you should have us look at your teeth in order to determine the underlying problem.

Sore and Bleeding Gums

There are few causes of sore and bleeding gums that you need to be aware of.  One is that it can be a sign of gingivitis which is an early and reversible stage of gum disease.  Other things that can cause this are brushing to hard or starting a new flossing routine.  If you have persistent bleeding and pain, it is a good idea that you call and come into the office for a checkup and let’s see if there is something more to the problem.

Sores In The Mouth
There are several types of sores that can form in the mouth and their causes vary.  The most common are canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis.  They each vary on how serious they can be.  They could be the symptom of a disease or disorder, and infection from bacteria, viruses or funguses.  Some may be the result of irritation caused by braces, dentures, partials or the sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling.  If you are experiencing mouth sores, then come into the office and let us check you out to determine the source so we can correct and treat the problem.

Bad Breath

A common problem people complain about but really don’t like to talk about is bad breath.  It can be caused by a variety of things like the foods you eat, not cleaning your mouth, chronic dry mouth, smoking or other medical conditions.  Constant bad breath can also be a warning sign of gum disease.  Regular brushing twice a day and even brushing the tongue can help prevent bad breath.  Another great tool for this is a water pick.  Getting all the food and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, between your teeth and off your tongue can go a long way in treating bad breath.  If it persist though, come and see us and let us see if something else could be wrong.

Popping or Clicking Jaw

There are a variety of things that can cause these symptoms and it makes it hard to diagnose at times.  Some of the possible causes include sinus problems, toothache, arthritis, injuries, teeth clenching and grinding, gingivitis or TMJ.  It really takes a thorough exam to determine the cause of jaw popping and clicking.  We can help with that and have treatment options that are very successful.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can be symptom of a medical disorder or a side effect of certain medications.  The saliva in your mouth is a defense mechanism against tooth decay.  It helps to wash away food and acts as a neutralizer against acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and fights disease substances through out the mouth.  If you are having chronic dry mouth, then come and see us so we can help determine the cause and provide a treatment option that will help keep your mouth healthy.

Infection From Oral Piercings

A growing number of the population are getting piercings and many get them in the oral areas of the mouth such as the cheek, the lips and even the tongue.  The problem is that this can cause a wide variety of health issues and problems.  The mouth is home to huge amounts of bacteria which creates the ideal place for infections to start.  If you have piercings and you begin to experience swelling, pain, fever, chills, shaking or red streaks around your piercing, you need to contact us immediately so we can prevent much greater problems from occurring.

Broken or Cracked Teeth

Broken, cracked and chipped teeth are common for a variety of reasons.  We think sometime our teeth can take anything but the fact is there are several things that can contribute to this problem.  Some of the reasons that teeth break or crack are brittle teeth, grinding, clenching or traumatic injuries.  Cracks may be invisible to the naked eye and sometimes even certain X-rays cannot see them.  They can be painful and if untreated lead to more serious issues.  If you are experiencing pain while chewing or just chronic tooth pain that is on going, call us today and we will be happy to help get you out of pain today.

Stained or Discolored Teeth

Everyone likes to have beautiful smile.  Many times we are embarrassed we don’t have that pearly white smile.  Discolored teeth can be caused by a variety of reasons also.  It could be caused by foods, teas, coffees, smoking, aging, genetics, injuries or even medications.  There are several whitening options available as well as other cosmetic treatments such as veneers to help give you that beautiful smile you have always wanted.

These ten things are some of the most common symptoms that people complain about when it comes to their oral health.  Here at the, we have a long and successful track record of providing solutions to these problems and helping our patients achieve optimum oral health.  Call us today if we can help.