You already know the basics of keeping your mouth happy: brushing your teeth twice a day. But despite your consistent efforts, you might be experiencing tooth, gum, or jaw pain. Not sure what could be making your mouth feel so crumby? Take a look at these five common things that could be causing an issue with your oral health.
Swollen or Receding Gums
Even though you’re brushing your teeth consistently, you may be going a little astray with the way you’re brushing them. No one wants to leave a trace of that fuzzy plaque on the surface of their teeth, yet this can sometimes lead to brushing at an incorrect angle, which gets the gums and can cause them to recede.
Take a step back from your brushing routine and readjust to a 45-degree angle. If you still find you’re brushing your gums or not removing all the plaque from your teeth, replace your toothbrush with one that will clean without causing problems.
Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth
If you’re experiencing a steady, tight pain in your teeth or jaw, you might be grinding or clenching your teeth without even knowing it. And if you let it continue, it could result in facial pain, headaches, and the eventual wearing down of your teeth.
A person typically grinds or clenches their teeth if they’ve been experiencing anxiety or stress, so while you can do your best to be more conscious of when you’re grinding, it’s most important to figure out what’s causing you so much worry, then taking steps to find more peace and calm.
You’re not the first person to wonder if flossing actually does anything. The effects of flossing are much subtler, but over time, you, your dentist, and your dental hygienist will definitely be able to see a difference in your tooth and overall oral health.
When you floss, you’re able to get to spaces in between your teeth that your toothbrush really can’t get to, especially those surfaces near your gums. You should floss once a day, and as you do, you’ll notice your gums are less swollen and less likely to bleed with brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups.
Eating Abrasive Foods
A person who has got to have their smoothie in the morning, right? However, if you’re consuming too many abrasive or acidic foods, you can cause the enamel of your teeth to wear down. This can expose your teeth, leading to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
So maybe you still want your smoothie but try switching up your ingredients and limiting other acidic foods in your other meals.
Sometimes the state of your oral health comes down to your age and the habits that come with it. Children who are still learning to take care of their teeth may not do the best job with flossing, or as adults get older, their tooth enamel may lose some of its strength.
You may experience a chipped tooth or your wisdom teeth growing in as well, so be sure to tell your dentist what’s going on in your mouth when you have checkups. You can also find a specialty dentist to help you address and prevent more complex issues with your particular age bracket and set of genetics.