20 Problems that are Reasons to see a Dentist

Tooth Pain/Mouth Pain

Tooth pain is a very strong sign that you need to see a dentist. Different kinds of tooth pain can mean different things.  Below are different types of tooth pain explained followed by other problems that will require you to see a dentist.

   Jabbing Pain

This type of pain can be in one or more teeth giving a pulsing type feeling that may be irregular in pulses. Abscess, cracks in teeth and cavities can all contribute to this type of pain.

   Sharp Pain Sensitivity known as hot and Cold Sensitivity

Symptoms of sharp pain are felt when the tooth is exposed to hot or cold. Changes in weather can trigger the pain and so can drinking warm drinks like coffee. Cracks in the tooth enamel can cause this pain.

   Dull Tooth Pain

With dull tooth pain, it stays and will not quit. It is not as painful but persistent. The pain could be caused by the nerves or cavities. This is a very common type of toothache and people who grind their teeth are heavily affected by it.

   Strong Throbbing pain

A very strong pain in a tooth needs attention quickly. It can cause you to feel poorly, an emergency dental visit maybe needed as this type of pain needs to be seen by a dentist right away.


Irritated or Swollen Gums

Irritated gums that are swollen and bleeding are signs of gum disease. Everyday brushing and flossing can help reduce symptoms but a good dental cleaning and diagnosis from a dentist are needed to help fix this one.

Metal Taste inside the Mouth

The rarest cause is major medical problems. Certain medications can cause the metal taste. Drinking plenty of water and brushing your teeth after eating are two of many ways to reduce the metal taste.

Teeth have White Spots

White spots on teeth can be a sign of tooth decay. The break down in the enamel can cause visual signs of white spots. Regular brushing and flossing can minimize the dangers of white spots forming. If they are already present you will need to see your dentist.

Have Problems Eating

Pain while eating, such as when biting down can signal major damage that could require a root canal. Most of the time it is a cracked tooth. Most commonly cracked teeth happen to be the molars. It can be quite uncomfortable while chewing.

Mouth is Dry

Dry mouth can be caused by various things such as medications. People with dry mouth are at higher risk of tooth decay. Seeing a dentist regularly is important for early decay detection. Dehydration can cause dry mouth, staying hydrated can reduce the symptoms.

Tooth is Loose

A definite sign you need to see a dentist a loose tooth needs to be left alone until a professional can look at it. One of the most common reason for a loose tooth is gum disease. Pockets form between the teeth containing infection and as the gum recedes the tooth becomes loose.


Of course, sinus problems can cause headaches but the joint where the jaw connects to the skull can too. This joint is called the TMJ and a TMD is a Disorder associated with the TMJ joint and can be a cause for headaches. Grinding teeth is one prominent cause for TMJ pain.

You’re a Tobacco User

Smoking tobacco increases chances of gum disease and tooth loss. Smokers are also more prone to needing root canals. Chewing tobacco creates an abrasive paste, tiny particles in the tobacco mixed with saliva creates a paste that will wear down teeth over time.

Mouth has Changed Colors

Color change can happen naturally as we grow older but smoking can cause your gums to change colors and that is anything but normal color change. Plaque buildup can as well and your dental provider can help remove the plaque.

Jaw is Painful

Pain in the jaw is from that TMJ joint we talked about earlier. Without headaches TMD symptoms can occur. Along with teeth grinding, arthritis and stress can both contribute to TMJ pain.

You are Pregnant

Seeing a dentist during pregnancy is important. Pregnant women are at higher risk for gingivitis as hormones change. Pregnancy also increases the risk of tooth decay for many reasons. One reason can be associated with morning sickness. The acid in vomit can eat away tooth enamel which is your tooth’s natural cover.

Spots and sores inside mouth

Mouth sores can be irritations in the mouth, on the tongue or around the lips and if you have a sore that is not healing you will want to have your dentist look at it. The most common type of sore is canker sores. These white sores which swell and cause redness often reoccur. They are often confused with cold sores but the main difference is canker sores are inside the mouth and cold sores happen outside the mouth.

You have had dental work done

No one expects to have problems with dental work but if it does happen, you will need to see the dentist. Simple things such as fillings can have complications if the bite is not quite right. Often this results in pain from the pressure of the tooth on the other teeth above or below it. A bite adjustment is simple and quick. Do not wait call your dentist and get it fixed.

Wisdom Teeth are acting up

Wisdom teeth can be painful. Especially if they are coming in crooked or are misaligned. As the teeth continue to come in they can press against nerves, bone and even crowd other teeth. If you are experiencing pain see your dentist. Your dentist can determine if they need to be removed.

Your due for a checkup

If you have not been to your dentist for your regular checkup now is a good time to schedule an appointment. Regular checkups are an important part of oral health and early detection of problems. Regular cleanings help to remove hard to reach plaque buildup and will leave your mouth feeling refreshed and clean.