4 Warning Signs You’re About to Lose a Tooth
If you’re about to lose a tooth, you’ll no doubt know it: the tooth will be loose within its gum socket.
But there are other, more subtle signs of probable tooth loss. Take a look below for four of them.
- Your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, or even when you don’t!
Seeing blood in your mouth or on your toothbrush after brushing your teeth lightly or noticing that your gums bleed even when you’re not brushing your teeth could be a sign of advanced gingivitis or even periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is relatively easy to fix – take better care of your teeth! Periodontal disease is more problematic when it comes to treating it.
Tooth loss in children is expected and part of growing up. It’s neither for adults.
If left unchecked gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, which eventually could result in one or more of your teeth loosening and falling out. The reason is that your gums (also known as gingiva) are responsible for holding your teeth in your mouth. They also forge a barrier between your tooth nerves, roots, blood vessels, and the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. Without healthy gum tissue – and bleeding gums is a sign of unhealthy gum tissue – your teeth may well fall out.
- You have a sudden reaction – usually a sharp pain – to hot and cold. And you have this reaction regularly.
An increase in your sensitivity to the temperature of foods and drinks could be a sign of a dental abscess. This is a bacterial infection of the gum near a tooth’s root or in the tooth. If left untreated, you could experience a bad toothache, fever and notice your lymph nodes under your jaw or on your neck have become tender. Unless taken care of this infection could spread throughout your body and has the possibility of being life threatening. On a less-life-in-danger note, an infection on your gums could cause the gums to deteriorate, possibly leading to tooth loss.
- Receding gums.
Do you notice that you get a twinge of pain when your brush your teeth near the gums? This could be a sign that your gums are receding. Many people believe that gum recession (in dentist-speak) is a natural part of aging. It isn’t. It’s a sign that your gums aren’t as healthy as they should be and – as mentioned above – poor gum health can lead to tooth loss.
- Persistent bad breath. And I mean really bad breath!
Bad breath that persists no matter how much you gargle or rinse your mouth with a mouth wash, is a sign of poor oral health, and probably is an indication of either gingivitis or periodontal disease.
As you now know (from reading No. 1, above), gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss.
If you’re experiencing any of these four conditions, it’s important that you visit a Plano dentist as soon as possible.
Contact Dr. Darren Dickson for an appointment by calling our office. We look forward to helping you keep all of your adult teeth for your entire life!
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