How to Spot Dental Problems

Unexplained Bleeding

If your teeth or gums start bleeding for no apparent reason, this may be a sign of some underlying dental ailment. Gingivitis could be the problem, and in a worst case scenario it could be oral cancer. Definitely see your dentist if unexplained bleeding occurs.


Bad Breath

Some medicines, drinks, certain foods, and smoking can cause bad breath. However, bad breath that never goes away is likely related to a dental issue and should be checked by a dentist.


Extreme Sensitivity

If you experience extreme hot or cold sensitivity in your teeth, and have not had this issue in the past, you may need to visit your dentist. Sensitivity is normal after several dental procedures, but the occurrence of sensitivity for no apparent reason should be a concern.


Loose Tooth

If one or more teeth become loose in your mouth without being injured or forced loose, this could be a sign of gum disease. Instead of waiting for the tooth to fall out on its own, visit your dental office right away to make sure there is nothing more serious going on.


Mouth Sores

Sores in the mouth are not uncommon, and most of them are temporary and harmless. However, a mouth sore that lasts more than a week could be the sign of a serious dental problem.


Painful False Teeth

While there is always an adjustment period after receiving new false teeth, implants, or dentures, that pain should not be prolonged. If you experience severe discomfort from your false teeth, they made need adjustments or alterations from a dental professional.


Pressure Sensitive

Your teeth should be able to withstand a certain amount of pressure with no discomfort whatsoever. If you have teeth which cause you pain when pushed on with the tip of your finger, there may be a cavity, infection or other issue.


Dry Mouth

Unfortunately, a lot of Americans experience dry mouth as a symptom to a medication they are taking, or other health issue they have. However, having a dry mouth can lead to many dental problems, so be sure your dentist is informed of the problem.


Uncomfortable Flossing

If you do not floss regularly, a little bleeding and discomfort is normal. However, sudden bleeding or discomfort in your teeth or gums when you floss is not a good sign.


Painful Sweets

Everybody gets a sweet tooth every now and then, but if eating that piece of chocolate causes you tooth pain you most likely have a cavity or other dental problem. Lay off the sweets and floss and brush regularly until you can get in to see you dentist.

We know going to the dentist isn’t your favorite thing, but at Caring Dentistry of San Rafael we make visiting a more pleasant experience than you’ve ever imagined!