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Interesting Oral Health Symptoms and What They Mean

May 28, 2023
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Some dental problems can come with strange symptoms. Often, you may not even be able to describe precisely what you are experiencing, but these could be indicators of underlying issues. Sometimes all you may need to get rid of the annoying problem may be an excellent dental cleaning at your friendly dentist’s. Other times, however, you may need serious procedures, like implants. Learn more about such problems, their causes, and recommended gum disease treatment.


Change of taste

Are you suddenly finding a sour or bitter, or metallic taste in your mouth all the time? It may have nothing to do with what you are eating. What it could be is an infection that is causing fluid to seep out in the gap between tooth and gum. Head over to your dentist immediately, or you risk letting the infection spread to the rest of your system.

Did you know that when your salivary glands stop producing enough saliva, you can experience a bad taste? Yes, this also makes your mouth feel extremely dry and sticky. The bad taste and odour which accompany a dry mouth arise from the food remnants and bacteria that are in your mouth.

Oral thrush, a yeast infection, can also taste metallic. You are at greater risk of developing thrush if you have a suppressed immune system. Thrush can lead to dry mouth, soreness, and swallowing issues too.

Proper dental hygiene with flossing should prevent these from occurring. However, if you develop any of these, you may need a professional dental cleaning. Infections, especially of the gum, can be very annoying when mild and nasty when left unchecked. Before the infection grows rampant and affects teeth integrity, you need effective gum disease treatment from your dentist.

Fuzzy teeth

Do you encounter a rough or fuzzy surface while running your tongue over your teeth? Generally, fuzz over your teeth’ surface does not damage your dental health, but that depends on the root cause. Sometimes it may need attention to bring teeth back to normalcy. Plus, who doesn’t like having squeaky clean, smooth teeth, right?

Some foods that contain oxalic acid create a fuzzy coating over teeth in combination with saliva. This includes spinach, beets, tea, and more. This is harmless except for the irritant value of having fuzzy teeth.

Fuzzy teeth are another problem that a dry mouth can cause. The lack of saliva often has this effect. Check with your dentist about dry mouth solutions when you go in for your regular dental cleaning.

Plaque build-up can cause fuzzy teeth too. Proper dental cleaning should sort out this problem but maintain good dental hygiene after your professional cleaning to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy henceforth.

Loose teeth

Not just kids but even adults can have loose tooth problems. This happens when the gums and bones do not support your tooth adequately. Eating can be very tough with loose teeth. You may experience bleeding gums or painful gums too. In most cases, loose tooth arises from severe bacterial infection of the gums. Proper and timely gum disease treatment is critical to resolving this issue.

If the tooth is too loose and the surrounding tissue too damaged, then implants may be the healthier option. Bone graft or tissue graft to rebuild the support for the tooth is also advised in severe cases of a loose tooth.


To summarize, unusual problems with teeth are not uncommon. Their resolution depends on the causative factors. Some can be sorted out with easy steps like dental cleaning, while others may need more invasive treatments like implants. Visit your dentist regularly to ensure that serious dental problems are kept at bay.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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