Are your teeth trying to tell you something? Maybe your gums are sore, your smile is a bit yellow, or a tooth is looking a little crooked. These could be small problems, or signs that you need to see a professional.
An achy tooth
Do you have throbbing or achy tooth pain? If it just lasts for a day or two, it may be nothing. But if the pain continues for more than a week, you may be clenching or grinding your teeth, either when you are awake, or at night while you are sleeping. If so, your dentist may recommend a night guard to protect your teeth.
A persistent ache, when accompanied by swollen glands and/or gums, may also be a sign of an infected tooth. In either case, you should schedule a visit to get the ache checked out if the pain persists.
A sharp tooth pain
If you bite down on something and experience a sudden pain, you may have tooth decay, or a cavity. The bacteria in your mouth uses sugar from your diet to create an acid, which can cause holes in your teeth – cavities. A pain that continues to bother you should be checked out before the cavity can worsen.
Red, swollen, bleeding gums
If you notice your gums are irritated for just a day or two, they probably were irritated by something you ate, or even hormonal changes such as pregnancy. However, if the symptoms continue, they could be caused by bacterial build up in your gums, leading to periodontal disease. In that case, you should schedule an evaluation with a periodontist to assess the problems.
Crooked or loose teeth
If you notice your teeth changing positions or becoming loose, you probably already know there is a serious issue. This is typically a result of periodontal disease, and should be addressed as soon as possible. Periodontal disease can affect the bones that support the teeth, and eventually lead to those teeth falling out.
Stained, yellowing teeth
Relax, this one is not that big of a deal. Stained teeth are rarely a sign of serious dental disease, but instead can usually be attributed to the foods and drinks you are consuming. Coffee, tea, wine, and other dark liquids, are the most obvious culprits.
While there are plenty of options to whiten teeth, such as whitening strips and toothpastes, you should consult with your dentist or periodontist on the safest and most effective methods for whitening your teeth.