Going to see your local dentist is rarely a top priority, but there are many symptoms that should never be ignored. We briefly noted three oral health concerns that should be immediately addressed by your dentist, and in today’s post, we’ll review two more symptoms that should never be ignored. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Gentle Care Dentists today at 703-650-0850 to schedule an appointment! Our Arlington dental office offers a variety of services, including cosmetic dentistry, family dental care, and more!

Jaw Pain

Do you wake up with a sore or stiff jaw, or do you find it difficult to chew tough foods? The most common cause of jaw pain and soreness is stress, and finding ways to reduce the stress in your life may completely eliminate your jaw pain. Many of us unconsciously carry tension in our jaws, and this can lead to the muscles in the face becoming stiff and sore from constant use. If you’re stressed about an upcoming presentation or a large workload, you may also be grinding and clenching your teeth in your sleep.

It’s difficult to discern if you’re grinding and clenching your teeth in your sleep without the help of others, but a dentist will be able to check your mouth for signs of grinding and clenching. Your dentist may also recommend that you wear a bite guard each night, and this will protect your teeth and your mouth from being damaged. Stress has a variety of negative effects on your body, and you should try to find ways to relax and destress each day for the sake of your long-term health.

Persistent and Regular Bleeding

It’s normal for your gums to bleed a bit when you’re brushing and flossing your teeth, especially if you don’t regularly floss your teeth. However, you should contact our dental office immediately if you find that your mouth is bleeding frequently throughout the day. The most common cause of bleeding gums is gum disease, which progressively weakens gum tissue and makes it more susceptible to bleeding.

Swollen Areas

Swollen lumps and patches in your mouth are an alarming condition that should immediately be addressed by your dentist, especially if they last for more than two weeks. Oral cancer is difficult to notice in its early stages, but many oral cancer patients report that their cancer began as small white and red bumps on the inside of their mouths. While canker sores and cold sores are the most common explanation of these symptoms, oral cancer is a serious disease, and these symptoms should never be taken lightly. It’s always better to be cautious when it comes to your health, so be sure to schedule an appointment with our dentists as soon as you notice lumps or sores in your mouth.

We hope that these tips will help you determine if you should make an appointment with our dental office. Call our office at 703-650-0850 if you have questions about your symptoms, and our friendly dentists will provide you with the information you need in order to make an informed decision. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment!