Oral Symptoms which should not be ignored

Oral Symptoms which should not be ignored

Oral Symptoms which should not be ignored

Each one of us experiences some kind of abnormal sensation in our mouth. Some of these occur momentarily, or go away soon, the ones which persist for more time like hours or days should be thoroughly checked by your dentist.

 Oral Symptoms which should not be ignored are:

Bad Breath

Everyone experiences stinky breath, but brushing and flossing (including brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper) should nip bad breath in the bud. What about when it doesn’t? It could be a sign of advanced gum disease, so it’s important to talk to your dentist before this oral condition ruins perfectly healthy teeth.

Most of the time, however, the biggest bad-breath culprit is your diet. Onion, garlic, and pungent spices will produce mouth odor for hours after consumption.. In addition, people who have uncontrolled diabetes, eat a high-protein diet, or suffer from alcoholism tend to have breath with a sweet or fruity odor, from a metabolic condition called ketoacidosis.


  • Swollen Gums

Swollen gums:Oral Symptoms which should not be ignored

Swollen gums is another sign of gum disease. Even if you believe you have healthy teeth, swollen gums absolutely require a visit to the dentist. If left untreated, this oral health problem can damage more than your gums. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and other health problems.


  • Eroded Teeth


Brown stains at the neck of the teeth or front teeth feeling more transparent are signs of eroded teeth.

Any source of acid can erode the tooth enamel of healthy teeth, including acid from citrus fruits and soda. But one of the most common sources of acid in the mouth is due to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or  GERD, a condition in which acid from the stomach comes up the esophagus, causes heartburn, and reaches the mouth.Eroded Teeth

Another cause of this dental health problem may be  bulimia, the eating disorder in which people frequently binge on a large meal and then purge by vomiting.
  • Sore Taste


If you frequently have a sour taste in your mouth (which is often mistaken for bad breath), it could be another sign of GERD, especially if it’s accompanied by a sore throat, chest pain, and a hoarse voice.A persistent bad taste in the mouth, whether bitter, metallic or foul, is called dysgeusia.Common causes of a bitter taste in the mouth include vomiting and acid reflux, although these conditions do not generally cause a permanent bitter taste. Pregnancy or taking certain medications, such as antibiotics, may result in a temporary bitter taste in the mouth as well. Your sense of taste can also be impaired or distorted permanently from long-term smoking or injuries to the mouth, nose or head.
  • Dry Mouth


Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a very common oral condition, especially as you age.There are also more than 425 medications that include dry mouth as a side effect. But dry mouth can be related to issues beyond dental health. It’s also a common symptom of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, and Sjogren’s syndrome. If you have chronic dry mouth, you should be concerned and talk to your dentist.dry mouth
  • Loose Teeth

Loose teeth are another oral symptoms which should not be ignored because this may be a sign that you have gum disease, a potentially serious oral condition. Bacteria that grow below the gum line can cause tissues and bones to break down, leading to the separation of the teeth from the gums. As more tissue and bone is destroyed, the more likely you are to lose healthy teeth as they become loose and need to be pulled.Loose teeth may also be a sign of infection or scleroderma, a disease of the connective tissue that causes changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and organs.loose teeth

  • Burning Mouth 



If you’re experiencing a moderate to severe scalding sensation in your mouth, lips, or tongue, it could be an oral condition called burning mouth syndrome.  it can be caused by a number of   medications , certain specific oral conditions (sub mucous fibrosis, leukoplakia ), or other health issues, including nutritional deficiencies ( Vitamin B12, Vitamin D deficiency), fungal infections in the mouth, and hormone changes in women.Burning Mouth


  • Mouth Ulcers


White or Red ulcer on the tongue or lining of the mouth is the most common sign of oral cancer?  But don’t be alarmed: Mouth sores are completely common and the chance your sore signals cancer is low. To be safe, show your dentist any sores in your mouth that don’t heal after two weeks.

Stress can cause Canker sores

Canker Sores

  • White or Brown Lines on Kids’ Teeth 

Children who have been exposed to too much fluoride can have white or brown lines across the face of their teeth.

Other signs of too much fluoride are nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. While safe in very small amounts, if you think your child has consumed a large quantity of fluoride toothpaste, call your doctor immediately.

To protect healthy teeth, limit fluoride exposure, keep fluoride toothpaste in a safe place, and only supplement fluoride if your dentist recommends it.

White or Brown lines on teeth