Archive for 'Common Symptoms' Category

The Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Common Symptoms, periodontal (gum) disease

02/05/2010
As any dentist or medical professional will tell you, Benjamin Franklin gave great advice that is still true today when he said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The first tell tale sign of periodontal disease is bleeding gums when brushing your teeth or flossing. Unfortunately, more...

Is Chipping a Tooth Really that Big of a Deal?

Common Symptoms, Dental Injuries

02/05/2010
Dentists are frequently asked questions about chipping a tooth—“Is it that big a deal? Doesn't it depend on how big the chip is? I mean if it is just a little chip, it can't be that bad...can it?” The answers to these questions are variations of the same theme. Yes, more...

Understanding the Causes of Dry Mouth

Common Symptoms, Oral Health

02/05/2010
Xerostomia (“xero” = dry, “stomia” = mouth) is a common condition that affects millions of people each year. And even though so many people deal with this issue, many don't understand why or what to do about it. Causes can range from the usual morning dry mouth to the effects more...

Are Canker Sores Contagious?

Common Symptoms, Oral Health

02/05/2010
Though often confused with cold sores or fever blisters that are contagious, canker sores are not and are a problem that nearly everyone will deal with at some point in life. Here's the difference between these medical conditions. Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by the herpes virus (HSV1) more...

Recurring Swollen Gums? Here’s What to Do

Common Symptoms, periodontal (gum) disease

02/05/2010
Periodontal (gum) infections can be quite painful, but more importantly, they can be signs of larger problems to come. If you are experiencing recurring swellings on your gums, then you have the hallmark signs of an acute periodontal (gum) abscess and need to make an immediate appointment with your dentist. more...

Jaw Pain after a Fall…What You Should Do

Common Symptoms, Dental Injuries

02/05/2010
Are you experiencing persistent pain in your jaw after a fall that won't go away or is getting worse? The first and most important tip is to see your dentist or oral surgeon now! There are many reasons for jaw pain; however, you need a professional to understand what happened more...

Tetracycline Staining—What Can I Do about It?

Common Symptoms, Medication

02/05/2010
Many adults today suffer from the embarrassment of discolored or stained teeth due to the fact they were given the antibiotic, Tetracycline, as a child. While the damage from Tetracycline is not reversible as the staining becomes part of the structure of the teeth, the good news is that your more...

What Do You Do About a Severe Toothache

Common Symptoms, Oral Health

02/05/2010
Anytime you have a toothache, the first thing most people do is reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever. While this may provide some temporary relief, to discover the cause of your toothache and the right treatment, you will need to see a dentist. Your dentist will determine the exact more...

Canker Sores Are Not Contagious

Common Symptoms, Oral Health

02/04/2010
At some point, many of us have suffered from canker sores, which should not be confused with cold sores or fever blisters. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus (HSV1) and usually occur on or around the lips, but can occur inside the mouth on the gums, tongue and more...

Warning signs of Gum Disease

Common Symptoms, periodontal (gum) disease

02/04/2010
If you are experiencing any of these signs you should be evaluated by your dentist or periodontist. Gums that bleed during brushing or eating Gums that feel swollen or tender Persistent bad breath Pus between your gums and teeth Gums that are receding or pulling back from your teeth Changes more...