Bleeding gums are always a cause for concern. Healthy gums do not bleed, even when brushed or flossed. Bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis or even more advanced gum disease. The first signs of gingivitis are red, puffy, bleeding gums and this is a response to bacteria accumulation on and slightly underneath the gum line, usually from improper/ infrequent brushing and flossing. If you see blood when you are brushing or flossing, it is important to see your dentist and dental hygienist to assess the health of your gums and make sure there are no signs of advanced gum disease.
Chips and fractures can occur from a traumatic injury but may show up seemingly out of nowhere. It is essential to see your dentist if you notice a piece of your tooth is missing, especially if there is sensitivity or pain associated with it. If left untreated, chips and fractures can turn into more significant problems such as infections. It is also essential to get to the root cause of the chip or fracture if it did not occur from trauma. Sometimes if a cavity has grown more substantial or a filling needs replacing a chip or fracture can occur.
It is essential to see your dentist if you have any pain, and especially if you have a tooth that has lingering sensitivity to heat. These symptoms indicate that there is usually an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. Lingering sensitivity to temperature can mean that there is an infection occurring within the nerve of a tooth. Pain can be an indication of any number of things such as a cavity, an infection, a symptom of grinding/clenching or sensitivity from an exposed root.
Tooth mobility is an indication to visit your dentist. Tooth mobility may be a result of gum disease, trauma, tooth movement from orthodontic work, short roots or a bite that’s off. Tooth mobility from gum disease indicates that there has been bone loss from around the root of the tooth and not enough support left to hold the tooth in position. Tooth mobility from trauma may be that the bite is off, and too much force is being applied to just a couple of teeth. Tooth mobility can also occur from shortened tooth roots, which need to be diagnosed with an x-ray.