Common Dental Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

You may overlook some problems that you think are no big deal, but some of those minor issues could be a sign of a major dental disaster. Neglecting certain conditions means you are neglecting your overall oral and body health. You should report any changes or chronic discomforts to Dr. Burds so he can assess your health, determine the cause of your problem, and treat your issue appropriately. Here are some of the top problems that are often overlooked, but that you should be concerned about.

Bleeding Gums

Many people ignore a little blood and think they’re just brushing too hard. Bleeding, tender, or swollen gums are the first and main signs of gum disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. It can also infect your other body cells and contribute to blood clots, heart disease, stroke, and complications with pregnancy and diabetes. When your gums bleed, call Dr. Burds immediately.

Tooth Pain

You may think that your tooth pain is just a result of biting too hard or eating something too cold. However, a cavity is the number one cause of a toothache. You often can’t feel tooth decay when it begins, so once it gets to the point where it hurts, that means that the decay has spread to infect your nerve, and more complicated procedures may be necessary. Your cavity will not heal on its own, so if you wait a few weeks to see if your pain disappears, the condition of your mouth will only get worse. Fortunately, regular visits to Dr. Burds and dental X-rays can help detect decay in its early stages, before it’s too late to save your tooth.


Frequent headaches or migraines are a common sign of TMJ disorder. Clenching and grinding your teeth puts pressure and tension on your facial muscles. If you continue the habit, TMD can wear down your teeth and contribute to a lifetime of jaw pain, neck pain, headaches, tooth pain, earaches, and other uncomfortable and painful conditions. If you show signs of TMD, Dr. Burds may suggest a mouth guard or therapy to help realign your jaw joints and muscles.

You may think that if nothing hurts, nothing’s wrong. However, many dental problems are symptom-less at first, and by the time you notice them it may be too late to save your smile. If you have any problems that concern you, ask Dr. Burds to assess your condition. Contact Gateway Dental Group in Des Moines, Iowa, at (515) 244-9565 to request an appointment. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.