What Are Early Signs of Dental Trouble?

Proper dental hygiene together with regular dentist appointments can help you maintain your oral health. However, our teeth go through a lot - we use them for chewing, biting, talking, and so on, and in time certain issues may arise. 

It is essential to be able to recognize the signs of a dental problem as soon as possible so that you can take early action on it.

With this in mind, here are some of the most common signs of dental trouble that you should pay attention to. 


If you feel soreness in your mouth or jaw, you are likely to suffer from a toothache.

The main cause of a toothache is usually a cavity, but gum disease may also cause it. In some cases, the pain can be caused by an abscess or an impacted tooth.

Don't wait and let the pain progress, as this can only lead to more problems.

Sensitive Teeth

A clear sign that you suffer from sensitive teeth is the fact that you feel pain when you drink hot or cold drinks.

Dental sensitivity can eventually lead to:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum diseases
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Fractured teeth

Bad Breath

Bad breath has many causes, such as:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • A dry mouth
  • Smoking

If you still have bad breath even after brushing your teeth twice a day, then you may suffer from gum disease, in which case you should schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible. 

Bleeding or Sore Gums

Bleeding or sore gums may be caused if you are brushing your teeth excessively or if you are applying too much force. But they can also be a sign of dental problems, such as gum diseases. 

If you experience this symptom daily, it is recommended that you visit your dentist's office soon. 

Stained or Discolored Teeth

Teeth can gradually lose their white color and become stained for several reasons, such as:

  • Coffee and tea consumption
  • Smoking
  • Genetic predisposition 
  • Old age

However, your dentist can help reverse this process and give your teeth their original color.

Cracked or Broken Tooth

Many conditions can cause cracked or broken teeth, such as teeth grinding or injuries to the mouth. When it comes to cracked teeth, your dentist can't always tell what is lying beneath the surface, so x-rays may be required to see the full extent of the damage. 

That's why it's important to tell your dentist as soon as you feel any pain in your teeth when you chew. A cracked tooth can lead to an infection or other serious problems if not treated in time.

Dr. Jonathan Siverson Can Help You Maintain Your Oral Health 

Dental problems can progress negatively if they are not treated properly and at the right time. At Forest Lake Smiles, we have made it our goal and passion to offer the best care to our patients. 

Get in touch now to book your appointment with Dr. Jonathan Siverson

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