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Signs of Unhealthy Teeth: What To Look Out For

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We often tend to take our teeth for granted. It’s important to look after your smile for your overall oral health and well-being. It will also help you avoid the unnecessary stress of dealing with painful or complicated dental issues that may arise in the future. 

So, how can we be more mindful about our teeth? Let’s take a look at the signs you should not ignore!

Stained Teeth

Stained or discoloured teeth can be caused by various factors such as smoking, consuming dark-coloured foods and drinks, or poor oral hygiene. Stained teeth not only affect the appearance of your smile but can also indicate hidden dental issues. 

At Purity Dental, we understand the value of a bright and confident smile. If you notice your teeth are looking dull and discoloured, we can help! Our teeth whitening services are designed to bring back that radiant smile and restore your self-confidence.

Pain while biting

Experiencing pain or discomfort while biting or chewing can be a sign of tooth decay, cracks, or an infection. If you feel a sharp or lingering pain when biting down, it’s best to schedule a consult ASAP to diagnose and address the cause to prevent further damage.

Sensitivity to hot/cold

If you experience sensitivity or pain when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks, it could be a sign of tooth sensitivity or enamel erosion. This sensitivity may be due to exposed dentin or weakened enamel, which allow the nerves to be easily affected by temperature changes. 

Depending on your condition, we may recommend a root canal, tooth extraction, dental crowns and several other dental solutions depending on your unique case needs. Our goal is to save your natural tooth and restore its function so that you can continue enjoying your favourite foods and drinks!

Dry mouth

A dry mouth is when there is not enough saliva being produced, and this could be happening due to various factors. Saliva plays a main role in maintaining oral health by neutralising acids, washing away food particles, and preventing bacteria from growing.  Persistent dry mouth can cause tooth decay and other oral health problems. 

Tip: Sometimes, keeping hydrated over the course of the day helps fight dry mouth. Come in for your consult and we’ll help identify what exactly is causing this condition.

Bad breath

Bad breath (halitosis) can be a sign of poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or other dental issues. It is often caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth, which can produce foul odours. Regular brushing, flossing and visiting our dentist for professional cleanings and checkups can help address bad breath.

At Purity Dental, our experienced dental team is skilled in diagnosing and treating the underlying causes of bad breath. We’ve been helping our patients achieve optimal dental health for years so rest assured you’re in good hands.

Bleeding or swollen gums

Bleeding or swollen gums can indicate gum disease, which is a common oral health issue. If left untreated, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss. Regular dental cleanings, proper oral hygiene and professional treatment are needed to manage this condition. 

At Purity Dental, we offer gum disease treatments that will help restore the health of your gums and ensure further complications are avoided. Talk to one of our experienced dentists and we will develop a personalised treatment plan to treat your smile.

Being aware of the signs of unhealthy teeth is vital for maintaining optimal oral health. If any of these signs feel familiar, consult with one of our experienced dentists at Purity Dental and we will help determine the best treatment for you.

By taking proactive steps, you can keep your teeth healthy and maintain a confident, beautiful smile!