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Do You Know Your Teeth Can Talk?

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Well, maybe "communicate" would be a better word, but there is no doubt that your teeth have a lot to say about how they are feeling and when they need help. For instance, if you notice that when you bite down you experience a sudden pain in one or more teeth it could mean you have tooth decay (AKA a cavity). If the pain is consistent, and always in the same spot, it is definitely time to visit your dentist to see what's going on.

But if you experience achy or throbbing tooth pain that lasts for more than a week you could be grinding or clenching your teeth and a night guard, instead of the dentist's drill, may be in your future. If swollen gums or swollen glands accompany the persistent pain you may have an abscessed tooth. It's complicated, which is why your dentist is your best friend in this situation.

And don't even get us started on loose or suddenly crooked teeth and swollen, red, bleeding gums, they could mean you're pregnant or have periodontal disease, among other things. Do you need to buy dental floss or a bassinet? I think we can all agree it is of the utmost importance to know which of these conditions is responsible.

If your teeth are talking to you and you are not sure exactly what they are trying to tell you, make an appointment to see your dentist. Dentists "speak teeth" fluently and will be able to tell you what's going on and what your options are for treatment or maintenance.