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Symptoms of Common Dental Problems – Part I

Make Time for Your Oral Health

Everyone has a million and one things on their to-do lists, especially these days when you might be working from home, playing tutor to your kids, and trying to keep all the balls in the air, so to speak. While you may drop one of those balls now and again, most of them will be no worse for wear.

However, when it comes to your oral health, it is a ball you do not want to drop. No matter how busy your day has become, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes each day to do this.

In addition to brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush for at least two minutes – at least twice each day, flossing daily, and using an American Dental Association approved mouthwash, it is equally important to schedule an appointment with your dentist every six-months for a checkup and a professional teeth cleaning in Mundelein or Highland Park.

Lastly, no matter how conscientious you are regarding your oral health, you may occasionally experience symptoms that may point to a larger oral health issue. Below are several of the most common symptoms of dental problems and what your dentist in Mundelein can do to help.

A Toothache

A toothache can be a symptom of severe periodontitis, a damaged dental filling, a cracked, broken, or impacted tooth, a cavity that has reached the nerve of a tooth, or an abscess. If you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep (which you may not realize), this can also cause your teeth to ache.

Any consistent tooth pain is an indication of a larger issue, and should be addressed promptly. If you are suffering from a toothache, contact us to schedule tooth care services in Highland Park or Mundelein before the problem becomes an emergency.

Toothache - North Suburban Dental

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums is a common dental problem and is often indicative of gum disease. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease when oral bacteria begin to attach your gums. At this stage, it can usually be resolved at home simply by following a meticulous oral hygiene routine.

However, if the problem is not resolved, it can progress to periodontitis, which is when the bacteria penetrate beneath the gumline and begin to destroy the supporting structures of your teeth. This can lead to severe infection, tooth loss, and destruction of bone if it is allowed to progress without treatment.

Other potential causes of bleeding gums are ill-fitting dentures, brushing your teeth too aggressively, or systemic health issues. Autoimmune diseases, vitamin C or K deficiencies, hormonal fluctuations, diabetes, and medications like blood thinners are all possible culprits. If you have been following a thorough oral hygiene routine for at least a couple of weeks, and the bleeding persists, schedule an appointment with your dentist at North Suburban Dental for a thorough oral exam.

Bleeding Gums - North Suburban Dental

More from your Dental Clinic in Mundelein and Highland Park

For more symptoms of common dental issues and how we can help, check back for Part II of this series or give us a call today. We are always available to answer your questions and help you achieve excellent dental health.

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