Oral Health: 3 Red Flags To Consider While Chewing

New sensations, changes, weird little issues, and more can happen at any moment. However, when you’re chewing and placing pressure on your teeth, this happens to be an instance in which your mouth is in motion and you’re more likely to pick up on oral health red flags! Should any arise, our Southlake, TX team reminds you that you should take them seriously, rather than overlook them. Though they might not mean anything at all, of course, it’s always best to check in with our team by setting up a dental checkup just to be on the safe side. Now, for some warning signs you definitely don’t want to overlook!

#1: Pain

When you’re chewing your food, it shouldn’t hurt. If the food itself is scratching or stabbing you, then it’s time to choose some other type of food. However, what we’re really talking about here is the way your teeth and gums feel. When you notice that the act of breaking down your food between your teeth causes some sort of discomfort, it’s time to contact our team to let us know you need a visit. This may point to an underlying oral health concern, for which you could really use some restorative care!

#2: Sensitivity

Of course, you may have a hard time telling pain and sensitivity apart. However, if you’re someone who has dealt with sensitivity before, then you know that “zinging!” feeling that shows up when teeth are in this mode. Don’t ignore it. Instead, recognize that your teeth shouldn’t been feeling this way, whether you’re chewing or at rest. By bringing this to our attention during a checkup, we can talk with you about whether it’s caused by anything that needs our attention or whether you simply need to implement some lifestyle changes!

#3: New Jaw Sensations

When you chew, you’re using your jaw joints (called your TMJs), which provide your jaws with motion. If something isn’t exactly on track with the health of these joints, then you may experience a change in sensations as you chew. You may hear new noises, feel pain, feel a popping sensation, or otherwise. If so, come in. Let us know! We can help protect your oral health.

See Us When You Experience Chewing Concerns

Let us know if you detect a change during your chewing, so we may be of help! Contact us to schedule a dental checkup, during which we will diagnose any issues and offer beneficial treatment for improvement! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.