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October 28, 2016

5 things your teeth are trying to tell you about your oral health

Whether you realise it or not, your teeth are probably trying to tell you important information about your oral hygiene. Being able to read the signs of poor oral health could make the difference between losing or saving a tooth. Whilst regularly visiting your dentist can help to ensure your teeth remain healthy, there are also lots of things you can look out for when it comes to detecting problems with your teeth.

1. Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth usually mean that the enamel on the tooth’s surface has begun to wear thin, exposing a more sensitive layer of the tooth underneath. Once the enamel has eroded, the process cannot be reversed, however, a dentist can advise you on how to prevent further erosion and prescribe you with sensitive toothpaste to manage the pain. We recommend avoiding harsh food and drink such as citrus fruits, vinegar and sugary drinks, as they are likely to cause further erosion.

2. Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums when you brush could mean several things, but is usually caused by plaque build-up on the gum line. Without maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, it could lead to gingivitis and eventually gum disease. We suggest sticking to a strict teeth-cleaning routine using toothpaste, mouthwash and floss twice a day and visiting your dentist to have your teeth professionally cleaned.

3. Sharp tooth pain

If you are experiencing sharp tooth pain as you bite down on your food, it is usually your teeth trying to tell you that you have cavities or tooth decay. In which case, you should book a visit your dentist so that they can assess the problem and provide you with further treatment or advice. We would also recommend that in the meantime, you try to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet and pay extra attention to that area of your mouth when brushing.

4. Worn teeth

If your teeth are starting to look or feel worn-down, it could be a sign of stress. Lots of people tend to clench or grind their teeth when they are under pressure, which often causes damage to the teeth. Dealing with the causes of your stress could help to prevent you from grinding your teeth, or alternatively, your dentist can provide you with a protective gumshield to wear at night. You might even consider cosmetic dentistry to rebuild your worn-down teeth and bring them back to full-size.

5. Bad breath

Bad breath is not always down to your morning coffee, but is often caused by bacteria build-up in the mouth. Thoroughly and regularly brushing your teeth, tongue and gums can help to disrupt the bacteria and remove it, however, if the problem continues, we suggest that you make an appointment with your dentist, as persistent bad breath could be a sign of gum disease.

If you would like any more information or advice about oral health, please get in touch.

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