Dental diseases can affect your teeth, gums, tissues and other parts of the mouth. You may experience, lot of pain and discomfort and can sometimes lead to severe damage. Proper dental care helps in the prevention of most of the oral problems. You should be able to identify the signs and symptoms of dental diseases, to detect the problems early and treat them.

Signs and Symptoms of Dental Diseases


Buildup of germs on teeth and gums leads to cavities that wear out the enamel on teeth surfaces. Formation of white spots is an early symptom of tooth cavity. The color becomes light brown and then turns darker, as the tooth decay worsens.

Gum Disease symptoms

  • Persistent bad odor, called as halitosis, or bad taste in the mouth.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • A change in the fitting of teeth, when you bite into food.
  • Teeth become loose or shift position.
  • Formation of pus in between gums and teeth.
  • Red, swollen gums.
  • Pain or tenderness in gums.
  • Teeth appear longer, because the gums recede.
  • Gums or teeth become sensitive to cold and heat.

Abscessed Tooth

Toothache, heat and cold sensitivity, fever and swollen neck glands can be an indication of abscessed tooth. Rinsing mouth with lukewarm, saline water and taking pain relievers like aspirin help in treating the symptoms. However, it is required to visit the dentist for the treatment of tooth infection. Early treatment can save the abscessed teeth.

Dry Mouth

Frequent sore throat, problem in speaking, burning sensation, difficulty in swallowing, dry nasal breath or hoarseness can be symptoms of dry mouth. If this condition is not treated, it can promote bacterial growth and harm your teeth.

Canker Sores

Before the occurrence of canker sores, a burning or tingling sensation can be felt in your mouth, in areas such as the cheeks, tongue and the soft palate. The actual sore follows these symptoms, which is a whitish, circular spot, having red edges. Painful canker sores will cause discomfort in eating or chewing.