Most of us like to think that we’re doing a good job of looking after our teeth, taking measures such as brushing at least twice a day and avoiding too many acidic foods. However the truth is they require more care and attention than most realise.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), “Adults aged 20 to 64 have an average of 3.28 decayed or missing permanent teeth and 13.65 decayed and missing permanent surfaces.” Many people come to us requiring dental implants as a solution for individual or multiple tooth loss. Here we will look at ten signs of unhealthy teeth, which could lead to tooth loss and dental implant treatment.
Getting toothache when biting or eating could mean you’ve either sustained a temporary problem, or that you have a more pressing issue. Sometimes toothache could just be due to a ‘bruised tooth’, but in other instances it could be caused by gum disease, an abscess or a cracked tooth. Get in touch with us if your toothache doesn’t go away within a couple of days, to avoid further damage to the surrounding area.
One of the first indicators of potential tooth loss is bleeding or sore gums. This can occur by simply brushing too hard but, it is important to know, that this can also be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. As you may have seen on TV adverts for industry leading products, the first signs of gum disease can be bleeding when you brush your teeth.
No one wants to feel like they’re stepping on eggshells every time they take a sip of coffee or ice cold water. If you experience pain or even discomfort when drinking hot or cold drinks, you’re likely to have sensitive teeth. This can be caused by fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, tooth decay or an exposed root.
Regular sensitivity can be extremely irritating but, more importantly, it is usually a sign that something is wrong. You can try to address the issue by switching to a specialist toothpaste but if the sensitivity persists, you should contact us to book an appointment.
Your mouth may not be as healthy as you think If your tongue usually has a white coating. Make sure you brush your tongue regularly to fight off bacteria – there are an array of specially designed tongue scrapers out there. Flossing is also a good way to reduce the level of bacteria in your mouth. A light pink tongue indicates good oral hygiene.
Your eating habits, not cleaning your mouth properly and smoking are all common causes of bad breath. Of course, it is natural for all of us to have bad breath on occasions. However regular bad breath or halitosis, to give it its medical name, could be a sign of plaque and bacteria buildup. Bad breath can also be caused by sinus problems or stomach issues.
The cause of jaw pain can be quite obscure as there are several factors that can contribute, sinus problems, arthritis or injury for example. If you regularly wake up with jaw pain, you could be grinding your teeth through the night, and on your way to tooth loss.
A tooth beginning to look darker than those surrounding it might suggest a nerve problem. This can be caused by a tooth being knocked and the nerve inside not being able to sustain the contact. Typically, your front teeth are the ones to be affected.
Saliva washes away food, neutralises acids caused by bacteria and produces disease-fighting substances. It is the mouth’s primary defence against tooth decay and maintains the health of hard and soft tissues in the mouth. A simple solution for those who lack saliva is to make use of oral rinses and sugar-free sweets or chewing gum.
This could be one of the first signs of an impending cavity. Tooth decay often occurs at the back of teeth or in between them, therefore these patches are difficult to detect. Regular trips to the dentist will help you identify and deal with this problem, before your enamel is weakened further.
Do you find yourself picking out bits of food from your teeth on the regular? This could be a symptom of a growing, hidden cavity that could become much larger without regular flossing or a trip to your dentist.
If you are suffering from tooth loss, book a dental implant consultation with one of our experts today. Professionals at our dedicated Banbury dental implants practice ensure a pain-free process that will leave you with a glistening smile.
Speak to us about your needs today and see how our friendly team can be of assistance. Take your first step to a functional, healthy smile with us.