Top Dental Symptoms and What To Do About Them

Treating common dental symptoms West Orange, NJ

Even with good at-home oral hygiene and routine dental checkups, dental problems can still arise, putting your oral health at risk. It is important to know how to identify symptoms of these problems so that they can be quickly addressed.

Here, the West Orange dentists at Northfield Dental Group discuss common symptoms of dental issues and how they can be treated.


Toothaches are a common symptom of cavities, but they can also be a sign of gum disease, abscess or impacted teeth. If left untreated, a toothache can lead to the tooth dying or another serious issue. A toothache should be evaluated by your dentist immediately, regardless of whether the pain is chronic or not.

Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity when drinking hot or cold beverages could be a sign of many dental issues, including worn out tooth enamel, cavities, fractured teeth and gum disease. Treatment depends on what is causing the tooth sensitivity.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums is a common dental issue that can be a result of brushing too hard, flossing, or gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease is treatable and even reversible. If your gums are bleeding consistently, schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine the cause and possible treatment options.

Bad Breath

Everyone has a bout of bad breath from time to time, usually due to something we ate or drank. While occasional bad breath is normal, persistent bad breath is not. If you have bad breath that just doesn’t seem to go away by drinking water and properly brushing and flossing, you may have gum disease or another dental issue. Schedule an appointment with your dentist so that he or she can determine the cause and come up with a treatment plan.

Jaw Pain

Do you experience pain, or hear a clicking/popping sound when opening your jaw or eating? These may be caused by any number of dental problems, including sinus problems, stress, a toothache, teeth grinding or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD). Your dentist can recommend a treatment plan upon evaluating your symptoms and diagnosing the problem.

Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth can be a result of injury, teeth grinding or brittle teeth. No matter what the cause is, a crack can expose your tooth to a number of dental problems, including decay and infection. Your dentist can examine the cracked tooth to determine the proper course of treatment.

Contact Northfield Dental Group

To discuss your oral health concerns with one of our trusted West Orange dentists, schedule a consultation. Contact us by calling (973) 736-0111 today.