Here at Lake Villa Dental, we encourage everyone to seek regular dental checkups. Many oral health issues develop slowly enough to be caught and addressed before they become big problems for patients. However, there are a few issues that might warrant coming in for a more pressing examination. Below, we have listed five conditions that should cause concern for those experiencing them, as they may be an indicator of a more severe health problem. If you are experiencing any of the problems below, don’t spend time Googling “dentist near me.” You know you can always call us for an unexpected issue and we will do everything we can to get you in to see Dr. Nallasamy as soon as possible! You can call our dentist office in Lake Villa at (847) 241-4980.
Call Your Dentist If You Are Experiencing These 5 Symptoms
- Bleeding Or Tender Gums: Most people have experienced bleeding or swollen gums at some point. While not particularly uncommon, it is still something to be concerned about, especially if it persists for more than a day or two. Bleeding gums can be a sign of failing gum health caused by gum disease. If gum disease goes untreated, it can advance to periodontitis, a severe form of gum decay that can lead to tooth loss, bone loss in the jaw, and other severe health problems. The sooner you receive an examination by your Lake Villa dentist the better!
- Loose Teeth: Teeth are held in place by roots that plant themselves in the jaw bone. If one or more of your teeth are suddenly loose or falling out, it could be a sign of advanced gum disease or osteoporosis — weak, brittle bones. Osteoporosis usually affects older individuals and often goes undiagnosed until something severe happens, such as a broken bone. However, loose teeth can be an early sign of bone deterioration in the jaw.
- Chronic Bad Breath: Also called halitosis, bad breath can result from a variety of factors. However, if you brush and floss regularly and still experience bad breath it could be another sign of gum disease or tooth decay. However, it can also be a sign of anything from a lung or sinus infection to kidney disease, so it best to meet with your dentist and general physician to rule out certain conditions.
- Mouth Sores: People can experience mouth sores for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have a harmless canker sore or cold sore that will go away in a few days. Or maybe you cut the roof of your mouth eating chips or burned it drinking hot coffee. These are frequent occurrences and usually not much to be concerned about. However, if you have multiple sores that do not heal easily, have rough or hard spots, lumps, discolored patches, or numbness, be aware that these could be signs of oral cancer. People who smoke cigarettes or consume alcohol frequently are at a higher risk for developing oral cancer, but anyone experiencing these signs should see their dentist right away who can further examine them and refer them to the proper specialists if necessary.
- Hot/Cold Sensitivity: While some people naturally have less sensitivity to hot and cold — like those who bite into ice cream without flinching — sudden changes in your sensitivity levels should be something of concern. This can be a sign of an infection near the root of the tooth, thinning enamel, or a cavity. A dentist is the best expert to address all of these conditions. However, if you are experiencing hot and cold sensitivity along with facial swelling or fever, you may need more immediate medical attention to treat a possible infection if your dentist is not available. It is possible that what starts as a tooth infection can spread throughout your body and be life-threatening.
Call Lake Villa Dental Today!
We care about your oral health and overall well being. Sometimes the above symptoms are nothing to be concerned about, but the only way to know for sure is to be examined by your local dentist. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Lake Villa for any dental concerns.