Common dental symptoms explained

Common dental symptoms explained

Maintaining good dental health is important to your body’s overall health. Often times, the body displays warning signs that could signal more serious problems are emerging beneath the surface. If you experience symptoms like bleeding of the gums when you brush your teeth, or you experience pain when you drink a cold beverage, it could mean a larger problem exists.

Why do my teeth hurt when I drink a cold beverage?

Some people have sensitive teeth, meaning the nerves of the teeth become irritated when they come in contact with certain stimuli like cold or acidic foods. Though you may be able to ignore the irritation for a while, the sensitivity is usually an indicator that something is wrong. Most likely, there is an exposed nerve caused by an abscess or gum loss. You may be able to deal with the issue by using special toothpaste designed to reduce sensitivity, but a visit to the dentist is advisable if the problem persists.

Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?

According to the American Dental Association, bleeding gums usually are a sign of gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. The bleeding can be caused by the bacteria living in the plaque buildup of your teeth. The ADA recommends brushing a minimum of twice daily and flossing between teeth to avoid plaque buildup and to ward off gum disease.

Why am I grinding my teeth at night?

Teeth grinding, which is known in the medical field as bruxism, often is considered a result of stress and anxiety. However, according to the ADA, it may be the result of an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. Though it’s often relatively harmless, excessive grinding can cause teeth to deteriorate, and even damage hearing. Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth but experience tell-tale signs like morning headaches or jaw pain. A dentist can make a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep.

Fortunately for Chicago residents, there’s no shortage of dental professionals in the Windy City. Besides the ADA, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Prosthodontics and the American Academy of Periodontology are all based in Chicago. Visit Angie’s List for patient reviews on highly rated dentists in the Chicago area.


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