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Don’t Ignore these Major Dental Warning Signs

July 4, 2023

If you suspect a dental issue, you must do everything possible to seek treatment promptly.

Pretty lady holding a toothbrush but sniffing her breath - bad breath is one of the Major Dental Warning Signs

If you don’t, then you may find that things only get worse and that you get landed with a major bill.

One way to avoid this would be to take care of your oral health as much as possible by looking out for these top warning signs.

Jaw Pain

If you experience any pain in your jaw, this is a warning sign that you may have arthritis, sinus issues, or even bruxism (excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching).

It’s also possible that you could have a temporomandibular disorder or TMD. If this is the case, then it is so important that you seek treatment.

Failing to do this may mean lasting damage to your jaw, which is the last thing you need.

Bleeding Gums

Experiencing bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease.

It’s very normal for your gums to bleed if you brush your teeth too hard, but if you have consistent bleeding, then you could have gingivitis.

This can, over time, worsen to periodontitis. Gum disease usually happens when bacteria, plaque or tartar build-up in the mouth.

Afterwards, build-up causes inflammation in the gums that hold your teeth.

black lady with a wide smile smiling with sparkling white teeth - pain can be one of the Major Dental Warning Signs

Bad Breath

Persistent bad breath that doesn’t go away after brushing is a huge warning sign.

It can also indicate that you have a tooth infection. That’s not all, though, because if you have bad breath, then you could also be struggling with liver or kidney disease.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity indicates that you have worn enamel, meaning your teeth aren’t well protected.

Acidic drinks and aggressive brushing can lead to sensitivity – a major dental warning sign.

That being said, you may also be struggling with fractured teeth, gum recession, or teeth grinding.

If you are brushing your teeth aggressively because you want them to be white, it could be worthwhile to seek a cosmetic dental spa.

White woman trying to drink from a cup of cold water but sensitive teeth which is one of Major Dental Warning Signs


Toothache can vary from being a dull ache to a very sharp pain. It can also be highly uncomfortable.

If you have pain in the tooth, it may be due to several dental problems. Often, these indicate an issue with either a dental abscess, cracked tooth, infection or even nerve damage.

Regardless of which issue you think you have, it is important to seek the help of a professional immediately to get the most suitable and effective advice.


Sores in the mouth can range from canker sores to ulcers and even candidiasis. Some of them are caused by irritation, others by bacteria and, in some instances, viruses.

Only your dentist can advise you on what to do if you feel like you are being affected by something like this, so make sure that you seek out their help and support if you feel as though you are dealing with sores that cannot be explained.

Ignoring dental problems can lead to serious oral health issues.

Learning about the major dental warning signs will keep you free from painful and potentially expensive experiences.

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Editing by AskAwayHealth Team


All AskAwayHealth articles are written by practising Medical Practitioners on various healthcare conditions to promote quality healthcare. 

The advice in our material is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare practitioner’s management of your specific condition.
Don’t hesitate to contact a health practitioner to discuss your condition or reach us directly 

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