Four oral health warnings

Look out for symptoms that could indicate a dental problem.


You may have heard that you should see your dentist twice a year, but the reality is that many people choose to ignore this guideline. In order to maintain your overall oral health, as well as the appearance of your smile, regular oral care is essential. This includes proper oral hygiene habits, along with routine dental check-ups and cleanings. Without this level of care, it is possible for a number of issues to occur and for underlying problems to go untreated until they become more severe. If you want to enjoy a healthy smile for life, your best bet is to take preventative measures and address any potential problems as early as possible. Read on to learn what oral health warnings are worth looking out for, and what you should do if you are concerned…

1.  Sores that don’t heal

Mouth sores, such as ulcers, can sometimes be an indication of an underlying problem, especially if they recur often or don’t heal within a week or two. Some mouth sores, for example, are a sign of uncontrolled diabetes — this is because individuals with diabetes tend to experience slow wound healing.

Sores or unexplained white or red spots in the mouth could be caused by a number of factors, but in some cases, they are a sign of oral cancer. If you notice oral sores along with symptoms like difficulty swallowing or jaw pain, it is advisable that you consult with your dentist.

2.  Swollen, tender or bleeding gums

If you have noticed that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth or have experienced some swelling and sensitivity, it could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease causes inflammation of the gums, if left untreated, can lead to some serious issues, including tooth loss. Caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth, the early stage of gum disease can often be resolved with improved oral hygiene and professional cleanings. It is a good idea to see your dentist if you notice any possible symptoms of the condition.  

3.  Bad breath

Bad breath is a common issue, and is not always a cause of concern. In fact, you may experience foul-smelling breath after eating certain foods — garlic and onions, for example, are among the most common culprits. But if you are struggling with chronic bad breath that does not go away even when you brush and floss, it could be a sign of a more serious issue. In some cases, persistent bad breath could signify tooth decay and/or gum disease. It is why it is so vital that you see your dentist. Your dentist will be able to determine the cause of your issue and let you know what can be done to keep your mouth feeling and smelling fresh.

4.  Tooth sensitivity

Some instances of tooth sensitivity, such as when you are recovering from a dental procedure, are completely normal. But, if you experience sudden sensitivity for no apparent reason, it could be an indication of tooth decay or even a dental abscess. You may notice that your discomfort is triggered or exacerbated by hot or cold foods and drinks. If this sensitivity is accompanied by other symptoms, such as severe toothache, fever, or jaw pain, it is advisable that you see your dentist as soon as possible as you may have an infection that requires urgent treatment.

How can we help?

At City Smiles, we take your oral health seriously. If you have noticed any possible warning signs, we urge you to come in and see us as soon as possible. Even if you have not experienced any symptoms, we encourage you to schedule regular check-ups so that we can help to maintain your smile in the long term. To make an appointment at City Smiles in Melbourne, give us a call at 03 9654 6979 or  contact us here.