Oral Health Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

According to one World Health Organization report, oral health neglect affects about half of the world's population. Although this report may paint quite a grim picture, the good news is that most oral health problems can be easily prevented and treated. 

More often than not, minor issues can be a sign of a more significant problem, and seeing your dentist regularly for preventive care can help you maintain good oral health. 

So, here are some of the oral health symptoms that you should not ignore.


A toothache is a common dental problem that can be caused by various factors such as decay or gum disease. 

If you experience a toothache that lasts for more than a day or is so intense that it can't be managed with OTC pain medication, it is important to see a dentist immediately. Delaying treatment can lead to more significant problems like infections, abscesses, or tooth loss.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are often a sign of gum disease. While it may seem like a minor issue, not addressing this problem in time may lead to periodontitis. 

The first stage of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can be reversed with proper oral care. Periodontitis, on the other hand, is permanent and all you can do is try to keep it under control with periodontal care

Persistent Bad Breath

In most cases, persistent bad breath can be a sign of poor oral hygiene but it can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition like gum disease or tooth infection. 

If your bad breath doesn't go away even after brushing or using mouthwash, it's crucial to see a dentist. They can determine the root cause of your bad breath and provide the right treatment.

Loose Teeth

You may think that loose teeth are a natural consequence of aging, but that's not true. Loose teeth are usually caused by periodontal disease, which erodes the supporting bone and tissue in your mouth. 

Delaying treatment can lead to further complications and even tooth loss.

Sores or Lesions in the Mouth

If you experience sores or lesions in your mouth that do not heal within a week or two, it's essential to see a dentist. They can be a sign of oral cancer or other medical conditions that require treatment. 

Sensitivity to Hot or Cold Foods

While it may seem like a minor issue, sensitivity to hot or cold foods can be a sign of a more significant problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease. 

Schedule Regular Appointments with Dr. Kim 

Prevention is key when it comes to your oral health. If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, make sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim. Neglecting the problem and failing to get treatment can lead to more significant problems and even tooth loss. 

Get in touch with Candelas Dentistry to book your appointment. 

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