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Watch Out for These Signs of Potential Oral Health Issues

July 13, 2011 | Posted in Education | Be the first one to comment

We never like to dwell on the negative when considering your oral health. As the great Louis Armstrong once sang, we prefer to “accentuate the positive” and “eliminate the negative”!

But we do not suggest eliminating those negatives by ignoring them and hoping they go away! Rather, when some of the negative signs of poor oral health appear, we believe in being proactive and eliminate them through healthy dental care.

So what are some of the common signs of potential oral health issues?

Let’s start with consistent bad breath. This is not the type that you can have after certain meals. Rather, it is the type of bad breath that seems to be there no matter what you eat or drink. If regular brushing and flossing cannot alleviate the condition, you should consult your dentist.

The culprit behind your bad breath could be the bacteria associated with gum disease. This could be improved simply with better oral care procedures at home combined with more regular visits with your dentist. Your dentist can advise you as to whether more aggressive intervention might be required.

Bad breath may also be the sign of a more serious, underlying health condition. Your dentist may recommend that you see your doctor is s/he is suspicious you may have such a condition.

If you notice that your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, you should mention this to your dentist. This again may indicate a problem with gum disease. However, bleeding can also be a sign of much more serious problems. For instance, if you also notice numbness in your mouth, red or white patches, or sores that do not heal; you may be looking at oral cancer.

As part of your regular check up, your dentist should be looking for the early signs of oral cancer. Like any other form of cancer, early detection is the key to successful treatment. So regular dental check-ups can help ensure such a condition is caught early.

Mouth soreness can be caused by any of a number of situations. It may be a poor bite that can be corrected with a night guard or bite splint. Perhaps it is the result of some form of trauma that may not have caused any serious damage at first glance. Either of these situations is worth looking into.

The bottom line is that these are warning signs of potential oral health issues that your dentist can usually correct. However, your dentist can only help you if you take the time to visit your dentist!

So take that time! Life is too short to put up with painful or unpleasant oral health issues! Correcting these situations is a healthy habit…and healthy habits lead to healthy lives.

Dr. Wayne Perron

Dental Surgeon

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