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As a quality family dentist in South Jordan, Utah, we at the offices of John D. Stark, DDS are proud to handle a wide variety of dental issues for our clients. From short-term braces to implants, cleanings and everything in between, we’re here to help with any oral care needs you have.

We’re also here to help you address any of the temporary issues that may arise in or around the mouth during daily life. Some of these might be the kinds of things you can handle at home without any need for a trip to the dentist, while others might require more involved or even emergency care. Let’s break down a few of the most common areas of dental pain and what they might be telling you.

Bleeding

Bleeding in the mouth generally takes place at the gum level, or at the gum line itself. It’s generally seen in or around brushing or flossing periods – in many cases, it’s due to people simply brushing or flossing too energetically and causing the bleeding due to this pressure.

However, it’s important to note that bleeding could signal other issues. Particularly if you’ve made efforts to brush and floss more lightly but are still dealing with bleeding gums, you could be showing the signs of gingivitis or gum disease, for which you should seek dental assistance.

Swelling

Swelling will also take place in or around the gums, but unlike bleeding, it can happen virtually anytime. It’s often due to an infection that’s spread to the mouth and is causing inflammation, and the cause of this infection could be gingivitis, gum disease or one of several other issues. Random gum swelling should be examined by a dentist, particularly if there’s pus coming from the area, as failure to do so could lead to tooth loss.

Toothache

Affecting the interior or root of the tooth, toothaches are common aches for both children and adults. It may take place due to contact between teeth, such as tapping, but it also might not be caused by any specific trigger.

In many cases, toothaches that persist are a sign of infection or decay. These problems will often require a root canal and you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

Sensitivity

There are two kinds of oral sensitivity:

  • Chewing sensitivity: Pain when eating hard or soft foods – could be a sign of tooth trauma, gum disease, or even a cracked or chipped tooth that requires a crown.
  • Temperature sensitivity: Pain in the teeth when eating or drinking extremely hot or cold items. This is a very general area that could mean a variety of things, so check with a dentist if it persists.

For more on what common mouth pain symptoms mean, or to learn about any of our family dental services, speak to the staff at the offices of John D. Stark, DDS today.