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Which Oral Health Symptoms Shouldn’t Be Ignored? Your Dentist Explains

October 22, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_steele @ 6:46 pm

A man with a toothache.Your teeth feel fine besides a little sensitivity in your molar when you drink cold water. If the sensitivity goes away, there’s no need to see the dentist, right? Wrong! This is actually the early sign of a deeper problem, and your dentist explains why your symptoms and other early signs shouldn’t be ignored.

Sensitivity or Pain

If you have a tooth that gives you a zing when you drink a hot or cold beverage, you may not think twice about it if the sensitivity dissipates quickly. However, this is actually the perfect time to contact your dentist and have it checked out.

Sensitivity is often the indicator of decay in your tooth. If you have a cavity, it can easily be repaired with a dental filling if you are proactive about seeking treatment. Decay that is left untreated can progress and eventually get to the nerve, or pulp of your tooth where it will cause severe pain and require root canal therapy to preserve your tooth.


You should definitely contact your dentist if you experience bleeding in your mouth. If you notice bleeding during brushing, this also means it’s time for a checkup. This can be indicating the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis, and this is the best time to treat it, as you can often successfully manage gingivitis with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine.

Lesions or Discolored Tissue

A lesion in your mouth is often the result of a canker sore. This should heal itself within 10 days to 2 weeks. If it doesn’t clear up within that time frame, have your dentist take a look at it.

Discolored tissue or patches that feel different should be examined right away, as these are sometimes the early indicators of oral cancer. You have the best chance of successfully treating oral cancer if you detect it early on.


Any lumps, bumps, swelling, or other changes in your gums or soft tissue is cause for concern and should be diagnosed by your dentist right away. Swelling may be the start of a dental infection, so be sure not to wait to contact your dentist.

If you are experiencing any sensitivity, pain, or other changes in your oral health, it’s best not to wait to contact your dentist. Give them a call right away and determine how soon you need to be seen.

About Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry

Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry is comprised of a highly skilled team of dentists who work together to bring an exceptional experience to every patient who visits us. Patients will enjoy the modern, state-of-the-art, and friendly environment they find at Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry, and we look forward to serving you for many years to come.

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