We are more aware of our teeth than any other area of our bodies. When we have a problem with our teeth, we notice right away, and we will try to do everything in our power to figure out why it is happening. Even with all the dental care in the world, some dental problems are a regular part of life.
Dental problems are difficult to determine on their own and usually merit further investigation with a visit to the dentist. Here are a few common ailments and some reasons they happen.
This is probably the most common ailment that annoys people. We love to smile, and you can’t show off your pearly whites if you have stained teeth.
Most of the time, yellowing is caused by the things we drink, like dark sodas, coffee, or wine. However, it is also a common side effect of aging. Staining is a more concerning problem that could come from something within the structure of your teeth, especially if accompanied by pain, sensitivity, or numbness.
A toothache is a common trope of old films where they wrap a cloth around the patient’s head to prevent them from moving their jaw. Today, we know that provides no relief from tooth pain, and we head for the ibuprofen instead.
In any case, a toothache can be caused by temporary trauma, such as eating hard foods or biting down too hard. In any case, there is also a chance that the tooth pain has a deeper cause within the tooth, and it is usually a sign of advanced decay. If the pain is chronic or comes up relatively often, you should go get your teeth checked to see if there is a more advanced issue.
Our teeth are naturally slightly loose. If you pinch the tooth with your fingers, you should be able to wiggle it around a little. However, if it seems particularly loose to the point that your tooth is easily moveable within the gums, there might be an issue.
If there is tooth decay or another related problem associated with looseness, moving the tooth will be either painful or numb. The amount of feeling in the tooth is representative of how advanced the infection is.
Most people have inflamed gums and don’t even know it. This is demonstrated by how easily they bleed when you brush your teeth. Gum pain is usually associated with improper or neglectful dental care.
Flossing and brushing with proper techniques should reduce inflammation, which therefore reduces pain as well. However, if the gums recede too much, it could be a sign of another dental problem that would need to be checked by the dentist.
Dental care is the key to living a healthy lifestyle. When we neglect the condition of our teeth, we are actually exposing our bodies to additional health problems further down the line.