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How to Self-Diagnosis Your Dental Problems?

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a dentist to spot your own dental problems; in fact, there are some distinguishable warning signs which might help you in self-diagnosis for any oral diseases. Usually, each dental disease gives a clue or symptom to be easily diagnosed and the following table is mini-guide for most popular dental diseases.

Here are some of the Dental Problems and their causes, symptoms, treatment options and prevention.

Bad Breath
TMJ
Cavities
Tooth Erosion
Dry Mouth
Tooth Sensitivity
Gum Disease
Toothaches & Emergencies
Mouth Sores
Research and Studie
Oral Cancer
Special Conditions
Overall Health
Other Dental Problem

Before you read the article, we also suggest you read 7 Worst Dental Emergencies You Need to Know.

This is one of our compiled list, but there are a lot more that you can find on About.Com and other health related websites.

Oral Sign
Oral Problem
Persistent halitosis (bad breath) -Chronic or acute gingivitis(inflammation of gingiva)

-Alcohol drinking

-Heavy smoking

-A drug you are taken

-Some serious medical condition can cause halitosis like ketosis or hepatic diseases…etc.

Your dentist will recommend you to see a doctor if this condition doesn’t go away after tooth brushing and flossing.

Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing

Normally, when you start brushing and flossing after quitting for some time, bleeding from gingiva can occur.

But if the gingival bleeding occur each and every time you brush without stopping, this is an indication for more serious oral diseases, such as periodontitis, acute ulcerative gingivitis, or oral carcinomas.

Some systemic diseases increase the bleeding tendency, like liver diseases, anemia and other blood diseases.

Many medications, such as aspirin or anti-coagulant drugs e.g. Heparin, can also increase bleeding.

If this bleeding is continuous, consult your dentist

Xerostomia or Dry Mouth Menopause in women is one of the most common causes of dry mouth.

Furthermore, some medications can cause it.

Systemic diseases, like hypoglycemia, dehydration…etc. are other common causes.

Loose or mobile tooth Tooth mobility usually occurs due to gingivitis, periodontics, or a sudden severe blow to the jaw, like car accidents.


Tooth mobility may accompany some serious conditions like jaw fracture or teeth with dead pulps.

See your dentist at once.

Oral soreness

Mouth sores is due to mal fitted dental prosthesis either fixed (crown and bridge) or removable (partial or complete denture), this is a condition called burning mouth syndrome.

Type of foods you eat can cause mouth sores.

Some kinds of oral sores, like aphthous ulcers, occurs due to stress, auto-immune diseases, constipation, common cold, or mal-nutrition.

*Bleeding from gingiva

*Chronic oral ulcers(persistent for 7-10 days)

*White or red batches on buccal, lingual, palatal mucosa

*Numbness of the mout

These warning signs are related to oral cancers.

Don’t hesitate to visit your dentist at once.

Sensitivity of teeth If you are starting to have sudden sharp pain when eating cold, or sweet foods, then might be suffering from new tooth caries or deep pockets in your gingiva.

If you feel pain when you consume hot foods, most probably your gingiva is inflamed and parts of your roots are getting exposed; usually gingivitis causes dull aching pain. You might be also suffering from deep caries.

If pain occurs when eating extremely cold or hot foods, besides having same pain when you press over your tooth, your tooth might be cracked.

If the pulp of your tooth is exposed, you will experience very sharp pain, see your dentist immediately,

When sharp lancinating pain starts and radiates to both of your upper and lower jaws at the same time, the nerves supplying your upper and lower jaws might be inflamed.

This is a serious dental condition which urges you to visit your dentist.

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