Glenview Dental Symptom Checker
1) Tooth Ache
If your mouth, jaw, and sometimes ears and head hurts, it could be from
a toothache. Toothaches usually indicate a cavity but can also signal
gum disease. In some cases, it can also be a sign of an abscess or impacted
tooth. A toothache should be evaluated right away to determine the cause
of the problem and prevent any further damage or infection.
2) Sensitive Teeth
If your teeth hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive
teeth. This can be the result of tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings,
gum disease, worn tooth enamel or an exposed tooth root due to gum recession.
Treatment will depend on the source of sensitivity but there are over
the counter products and in office treatments available to help you.
3) Bleeding Gums
Bleeding or sore gums can be a sign of gingivitis, an early and reversible
stage of periodontal / gum disease, or simply the result of scar from
brushing too hard or starting a new flossing routine. If your gums bleed
regularly, or enough to worry you, make an appointment !!!
4) Mouth Sores
Types of mouth sores include canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and
candidiasis. They vary in their severity and causes. Mouth sores could
be the symptom of a disease or disorder; infection from bacteria, viruses
or fungus or result from irritation caused by braces, dentures or the
sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling. Your dentist should examine any
mouth sore that lasts a week or longer.
5) Bad Breath
Bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by bacteria and can stem from 3 main
sources. 1) teeth, 2) gums and tongue, and 3) stomach. Bad breath can
be caused by what you eat, not cleaning your mouth, dry mouth, smoking
or other medical conditions. Persistent bad breath can also be one of
the warning signs of gum disease and/or dry mouth. Brushing twice a day
and flossing daily are essential to reducing bad breath and preventing
gum disease. Brushing your tongue can help too. If you're concerned
about what's causing your bad breath, make your appointment today.
6) Jaw Pain, or Clicking / Popping of Jaw
Many things can cause these symptoms. Possible causes include sinus problems,
toothache, arthritis, injury, teeth grinding, gingivitis or problems with
your jaw like TMJ. TMJ is one of the most complex joints in your body.
we will conduct a thorough exam to determine the source of the pain. There
are therapies available to help manage your level of discomfort
7) Dry Mouth
If you have dry mouth it may be the symptom of a medical disorder or a
side effect of certain medications. Saliva is the mouth's primary
and best defense against odor and tooth decay. It washes away food and
other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and
provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth.
8) Problems from Oral Piercings
Oral piercings can create a wide range of problems for your health, oral
and otherwise. Your mouth is home to huge amounts of bacteria, creating
an ideal place for infection to start. If you have any signs of infection—swelling,
pain, fever, chills, shaking or a red-streaked appearance around the site
of the piercing—contact us or your physician immediately. In addition,
oral piercings often contribute to a chipped or fractured tooth in case
of an accident such as falling, and as harmless as chewing.
9) Cracked or Broken Tooth
A cracked or broken tooth can happen for a variety of reasons—brittle
teeth, teeth grinding, cavity, injury. The crack may be invisible to the
naked eye and even X-ray, but they can be incredibly painful and create
bigger problems if left untreated. If you experience pain when chewing
see us. We will diagnose and develop a plan for treatment.
10) Stained or Discolored Teeth
Over time your teeth can become stained and change color. This is often
the result of eating certain foods, such as coffee or tea, smoking, aging,
genetics, injury, or certain medications. We recommend a nice thorough
cleaning followed by either or combination of the ZOOM in office and take
home whitening treatments as available.