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What your mouth can tell you

Your mouth can tell your dental professional a lot about your health. Often, conditions in your mouth reflect other health problems you may be experiencing. This is especially true for older adults.

What does it mean if I have sensitive teeth?

Teeth are sometimes sensitive to hot, cold, sweetness or pressure. This can appear suddenly or sometimes happens gradually. Sensitive teeth may be a result of tooth decay (cavities).

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What does it mean if my gums bleed?

Healthy gums should not bleed when brushing or flossing. Bleeding with brushing or flossing may be the first sign of gum disease .

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What does it mean if I have loose teeth?

Loose teeth may be another sign of gum disease. If you experience this symptom, visit your dental professional. It may not be too late to save the tooth.

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Why do I have a dry mouth?

Many medications can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth can be uncomfortable and can aggravate existing dental problems.

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What should I do if my dentures are loose and uncomfortable?

When you do not have your natural teeth, your gums and bone will gradually change shape. Dentures occasionally need relining or adjusting to make them fit more comfortably.

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What does it mean if I have inflammation of the mouth?

Dentures that don’t fit properly or leaving dentures in at night may be causes of this problem. Other causes are infections, medications, dry mouth, poor nutrition, a weakened immune system and post cancer treatment.

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What does it mean if I have white or red patches, swelling or sores in the mouth or on the lips?

  • These may indicate a serious problem such as Candida or may be completely harmless.
  • Health professional should be consulted for any of these symptoms.
  • Never put aspirin-type products on a sore spot as they can irritate the tissue.

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