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It’s important to practice good oral hygiene to avoid developing mild to severe dental problems. Cleaning your teeth twice a day, flossing, and the use of mouthwash are all considered to be the basics of maintaining good oral health. It is also recommended that you visit a dentist twice a year for them to inspect your mouth properly and give it a deep clean if required. 

Many things can cause issues with your oral health, such as plaque build-up, eating sugary, and highly acidic foods too often, and smoking. If you are experiencing any of the following, these could be an indication of a dental problem and you should visit your dentist for further advice. 

Tenderness

Jaw pain or tender gums towards the back of your mouth could be an indication that you have impacted wisdom teeth, or that they can partially erupt. This is a problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, as it can lead to persistent infections and even damage your other teeth or jaw bone. 

If you do have impacted wisdom teeth, the standard procedure is to have them removed. Although this can be an expensive procedure, some clinics offer affordable fees or financial options. Some even offer no insurance wisdom teeth removal services for those who are in desperate need and have yet to organize dental insurance. 

Swollen or Bleeding Gums

If your gums appear to be red in color and swollen, or they bleed after brushing, this could be a symptom of gingivitis. It’s a common condition and is usually a result of plaque build-up and harmful bacteria in your mouth. However, if gingivitis isn’t treated early on, it can develop into periodontal (gum) disease which causes greater damage and can result in the loss of teeth. Your gums might bleed occasionally due to flossing or brushing too hard, but if these problems persist, you should seek the advice of your dentist immediately. A receding gum line can also be an indicator of gingivitis, too. 

Loose Teeth

As an adult, if you are experiencing a loose tooth, it is likely to be caused by gum disease and you should make an appointment to see your dentist. There may be other reasons as to why this is happening, but it’s better to see a professional as soon as you can to resolve the issue or stop it from spreading to the rest of your teeth.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is usually a result of poor oral hygiene and sometimes your diet can be a contributing factor to this as well. However, bad breath is considered to be yet another symptom of gingivitis and shouldn’t be ignored. It may also be a sign of infection in your mouth, especially if you’re experiencing a foul taste, too. 

Brown/Black Teeth

Most people have mild staining on their teeth, usually yellowish and this is very normal. It’s often simply surface stains from tea, coffee, and other food and drink sources you consume. But if your teeth are beginning to look browner or even black, this could be a sign of rot. Don’t let it develop and spread to the rest of your teeth where it can cause serious damage. 

Make sure your smile stays healthy and don’t ignore these signs of dental problems! 

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