Taking care of your personal hygiene is crucial to overall health. Even though most people tend to take care of their hygiene, they tend to overlook the importance of oral health. If you haven’t been taking care of your oral hygiene as much as you should be, check for these warning signs that may indicate that your mouth is in trouble!
Chronic bad breath
The cause might be gum disease, food, drinking, smoking, medicine you are taking, or a health condition. The food you eat and poor eating habits both can cause bad breath. When it comes to the food we eat, they can cause a foul odor to emanate because of being absorbed into the bloodstream and being carried to your lungs. Strong odor foods like garlic and onions can have the most impact on bad breath, and the bad news is, brushing, flossing, and mouthwash only cover up the bad odor. The only way to get rid of it is to wait it out until it passes through your system.
Furthermore, you may need to modify your dental habits. If you don’t brush and floss daily (let alone the recommended twice a day), food particles can remain in your mouth, which cause bacteria to grow around the gums and on the tongue, which produces bad breath. Smoking and chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath and stain your teeth.
Bleeding gums during brushing/flossing
Bleeding gums can be the result of various factors, such as brushing too hard, hormonal changes during pregnancy, improper flossing, gum or tooth-related infections, and vitamin K deficiency. It can also be because of inadequate plaque removal from the teeth and gum line – meaning you’re not brushing and cleaning your teeth properly. If severity increases, bleeding gums can eventually lead to more serious issues like gingivitis and periodontitis. You should consider consulting your health care provider if the bleeding is chronic and you have other unexplained symptoms along with bleeding.
Dry mouth can result from a number of factors including side effects of medications and medical treatment, infections, nerve damage, dehydration, and smoking. Having a dry mouth should be considered a serious symptom, because if it remains untreated, it can further lead to problems like gingivitis, tooth decay, and mouth infections. Menopause may be a cause of dry mouth in women.
Loose teeth can be caused because of gum disease, trauma, or a tumor. The indication is redness and swelling of gums around your teeth, leading to experiences of pain and discomfort during mastication. Treatments for loose teeth can include gum cleaning, splinting, and treating abscesses.
A sore mouth might be caused by false teeth that don’t fit well. It could also be from leaving false teeth in overnight. “Burning mouth syndrome” is a problem that affects some older women. Not eating the right kind of food may also be the cause.
Bleeding that you can’t explain/ Mouth sores that don’t heal in 7 to 10 days / White or red patches in your mouth/ Feeling numb or sore inside your mouth – These symptoms may be signs of oral cancer and you should set up an appointment with your dentist right away!
There are just some of the signs of having poor oral hygiene and heading towards a serious mouth-related infection, or even cancer. Other signs can include sensitivity to hot and cold foods, lumps or bumps in the mouth, and toothaches. It’s important to address any discomfort in your mouth right away, because as they say, prevention is better than treatment!