Tysons Dentistry

Signs of Severe Oral Health Issues

August 2, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Shohreh Shahram
Oral Health in Vienna VA

If it’s been a while since your last trip to the dentist, you are not alone. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are plenty of people who do not go to the dentist each year—let alone twice each year, which is what the ADA recommends. Going to the dentist regularly, as well as taking good care of oral health at home, can prevent most several oral health issues. When it comes to dentistry, prevention is always key.

If you have not been to the dentist in a while, you might be experiencing warning signs of a more serious problem. Here are a some signs that could indicate a problem and should mean a visit to your dentist in Vienna, VA.

Warning Signs of Several Oral Health Issues

Mouth Sores

If you have a sore in your mouth that isn’t getting better, it might be time to see your dentist, or possibly your primary care physician. Sometimes mouth wounds that don’t heal could be an indicator of diabetes. Stubborn spots or sores in the mouth might be linked to oral cancers.

If you are having other symptoms as well, such as ear pain, a hoarse voice, jaw swelling, numbness, or trouble swallowing, you should make an appointment to see your dentist.

Bleeding or Swollen Gums

Gum tissue that is healthy shouldn’t bleed unless you are brushing way too hard. If you see blood after brushing, this could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease will not go away on its own, and it can lead to other problems both in our mouth and with your overall health.

Persistent Bad Breath

If you are experiencing bad breath that won’t go away no matter how frequently you brush, it could be a symptom of something else, such as cavities, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, or infection in the mouth, nose or throat.

Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

Increased temperature sensitivity can also mean you have a cavity or that your dental enamel is thinning. Additional dental abscess symptoms include a severe toothache, fever, or tender lymph nodes under your jawline or in your neck. If you have facial swelling too, seek emergency care. If it’s left untreated, the infection can spread throughout your body and become life-threatening.


Any kind of dental pain is not normal. Even if the pain goes a way for a while, it will probably return.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Protect your mouth and your overall good health by practicing good home care and by visiting your dentist in Vienna, VA, twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Call Tysons Dentistry today! 

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