Dentist explains seven mouth symptoms you should never ignore including bad breath

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Dentists have warned that there are some symptoms you should never ignore as they could be a sign of something more serious. Here are seven signs you should always act on

When it comes to your health the body can often give early warnings of problems.

But some of these can appear minor and it is tempting to ignore them as just an irritation to live with. But according to dentists there are some things you should never just leave as they could be a sign of something more serious. The Bright and White dental team has come up with seven signs you should always act on if you spot them in your mouth.

The London-based team say: “Don’t ignore these oral health warning signs and symptoms. From bleeding gums to bad breath to tooth sensitivity to toothache to sores in the mouth, these warning signs can indicate serious dental health issues and can worsen into larger problems if left untreated.

“Regular dental check-ups and sufficient dental hygiene can prevent these warning signs and symptoms and stop them leading to even more severe conditions.” The team recommends you should speak to your dentist today if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

Jaw pain

If you are experiencing pain in your jaw, this could be a warning sign of sinus problems, arthritis, teeth grinding and clenching, gingivitis and gum disease, jaw dislocation, or a temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums are a symptom of gum disease. It is normal to bleed occasionally if brushing too hard, but consistent bleeding when brushing your teeth is a sign of gingivitis, which can worsen to periodontitis. Gum disease is caused when bacteria, plaque and tartar build up in the mouth due to poor dental hygiene, causing inflammation in the gums until the gums that hold the teeth in place deteriorate, resulting in tooth loss.

Bad breath

Chronic and persistent bad breath (also called halitosis) that doesn’t disappear after brushing is a warning sign of dental cavities and gum disease. It can also be a result of tooth infection, a dental abscess, and tooth decay. It may also be a symptom of a more serious underlying health condition like kidney and liver disease.

Tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is indicative of thinning, worn dental enamel and receding gums which reduces protection by the enamel and gum, exposing the tooth and root, and leading to sensitivity. This is caused by aggressive brushing, acidic foods and drinks, and even GERD and bulimia.

Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures may also be a sign of dental issues such as cavities, tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease, gum recession, or tooth grinding.

Toothache/tooth pain

Toothache can range from a dull throb to a sharp, intense pain and it’s often extremely uncomfortable. The cause of tooth pain can be various dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, dental abscesses, tooth decay, a cracked tooth, tooth infection, or nerve damage. All these conditions require immediate attention from a dentist.


Mouth sores can differ in their severity, ranging from ulcers to canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia, and candidiasis. These can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, or irritation from braces or dentures. Some sores may indicate more serious health problems – for instance, wounds that don’t heal could be a sign of diabetes, while white or red lesions might be an early warning of oral cancer. A dentist will be able to identify the cause of any sores and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Loose teeth

In adults, loose or wobbly teeth could lead to tooth loss and the need for tooth replacement treatment. A loose tooth could indicate advanced gum disease or periodontal disease, where the bone supporting the tooth weakens and pulls away.

It could also be a symptom of osteoporosis, where the bone holding the teeth in place becomes weakened. Trauma or a knock to the tooth can also result in a loose tooth.

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