Dental hygiene is very important no matter your age. Too much sugar and sweets with minimal dental health care can lead to major issues.  Early detection of dental issues is great for better and more effective treatment.

Below are major symptoms of poor dental health


You can detect a toothache from pain in your jaw and mouth. A toothache is an indication that you have cavity. It could also be that you have major gum disease. In most cases, toothache is usually a sign of impacted or abscess tooth. You should go to the dentist for evaluation even when you have the slightest toothache.  They will be able to determine the causes if the issues and prevent further decay.

Having sensitive teeth

This is an obvious sign of poor dental health. You teeth will hurt when you have cold and hot beverages.  Sensitive teeth can be a result of a fractured tooth, gum disease, tooth decay, worn fillings or enamel and exposed tooth root brought by gum recession.

Bleeding and sore gums

This is a major sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease and can be reversed.  You can get this by brushing too hard on your teeth and when you start a new flossing routine. When the bleeding is persistent, you should make an appointment to see a dentist of physician.

Mouth sores

Common types of mouth sores are caused by leukoplakia, cold sores, candidiasis and canker sores.  The sores vary depending on the causes. They could be a symptom of disorder and disease, virus or fungi, infection from a bacteria and dentures or broken tooth and fillings. You should visit a dentist if the sores last for more than 5 days.

Broken teeth

Cracked or broken teeth are caused by several reasons.  If you have brittle teeth or your teeth are grinding, it can cause a crack. Cracks can be visible while others are seen under an x ray.  They create major problems when left untreated like pain.

Bad breath

You can get bad breath from not cleaning your mouth, having a dry mouth, smoking and other medical condition. If you have persistent bad breath, you should visit your dentist.  To reduce bad breath, you should brush and floss at least twice a day.

Clicking of the jaw/jaw pain

Just like the others, multiple factors can lead to jaw pain and clicking. This makes it difficult to diagnose the issue. Common causes include injury, arthritis, sinus, gingivitis, teeth grinding and other issues. a dentist can conduct a thorough check up and should be able to determine the issue and come up with a solution.

A dry mouth

Dry mouth is a symptom of medical disorder and infections from medications. Saliva acts as a defence against tooth decay; washing away food and neutralising the acid in the mouth.  A great dentist should be able to recommend moisture restoration for your mouth.

Finally, Stained teeth

Over time, teeth tend to become stained and change in color. Discoloration is caused by aging, genetics, medication and certain foods. Your dentist can whiten your teeth or you can go for the over-counter treatments.