Feeling sudden discomfort within your mouth can be uncomfortable and alarming; dental pain seldom goes away on its own, which is why you should always contact your dentist if you experience symptoms out of the ordinary. For help pinpointing possible causes of oral pain before attending your dental appointment, read on. If you align your symptoms with one of the following conditions, mention the possibility to your dentist.
Canker sores and cold sores commonly affect the mouth. Canker sores aren’t contagious and don’t have a specific cause, which makes them difficult to prevent; fortunately, they will gradually disappear without treatment. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are extremely contagious. Canker sores exist inside the mouth, while cold sores often develop on or around the lips.
If you ingest lots of sugar from soda, candy, and other treats, you’re allowing plaque to form on the teeth and create acids that destroy enamel. If you don’t adhere to proper oral hygiene and neglect to visit your general dentist regularly, these acids can cause tooth decay.
Abscesses are infections that occur between the gums and teeth or inside the pulp of a tooth. These infections are caused by poor oral hygiene or impaction and commonly develop around partially erupted wisdom teeth. Abscesses often leak pus and cause painful swelling and throbbing. If you suspect you have an abscess, call your dentist immediately.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, which can worsen into periodontitis. Unfortunately, gum disease is extremely common and is most often caused by a lack of brushing and flossing. Gums affected by gingivitis will be swollen and bleed easily.
For more help diagnosing the cause of your oral pain, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821 or visit our website for more information. We believe that with the right care, your teeth can last a lifetime, and we are happy to help our patients enjoy maximum oral health, comfort, function, and aesthetics.