Mouth Pain and discomfort
- Cavities: We’re all familiar with this one. Cavities normally occur as an effect of poor oral hygiene, a poor diet, or even as a result of a dry mouth due to certain medications. When cavities go undetected or untreated, they cause pain because the hole created by the cavity exposes sensitive nerve endings in the tooth.
- Fillings: Unfortunately, fillings don’t last forever. If they become worn or damaged, they can leave your tooth susceptible to tooth aches.
- Teeth grinding: Many people unknowingly grind their teeth while sleeping, and some do it when they’re stressed or frustrated. All that grinding causes excess wear on teeth, which makes them more likely to ache.
- Repetitive motion: Chewing gum or gnawing on your favorite beef jerky forces your jaw to work harder than it would if you were eating a normal meal. In turn, that can cause discomfort in your teeth and jaw.
- Tooth sensitivity: Teeth can be sensitive to heat, cold, and even things like sugar. Exposing sensitive teeth to any of these factors can cause a sharp pain that makes it difficult to eat or drink.
Why your gums bleed
- Brushing technique: You may notice that your gums bleed occasionally while you brush your teeth. This may be a sign that you’re brushing your teeth too vigorously. Your gums are a very sensitive tissue, so try to slow down and be gentle. You may also want to look at switching to a toothbrush with softer bristles.
- Gum disease: There are two forms of gum disease – gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue, which can lead to sore and bleeding gums. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease moves below the gum line and can cause the gums to recede, breakdown of the bone supporting the teeth, and eventually tooth loss.
Your mouth can affect your overall health