At Smiles by Dr. Santos, we have seen the whole gamut of dental symptoms. In this blog, we have compiled a list of the most common that bring our patients into our dental clinic.


A common reason why patients come visit us at Smiles by Dr. Santos is a toothache. This can be a symptom of a cavity, or it could be an indication of gum disease. Have a dentist evaluate any toothaches to ensure that you can address the root cause.

Tooth Sensitivity

Do your teeth hurt when you drink something hot or cold? You might have sensitive teeth. This can be caused by a variety of issues, such as tooth decay, tooth fracture, gym disease, or worn tooth enamel. Your treatment will depend on the source of the sensitivity, so make sure to see a dentist if you’re having this symptom.

Bleeding, Sore Gums

If your gums are bleeding or sore, it could indicate gingivitis. It may also be that you are simply brushing too hard. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, make sure to come visit your dentist in Egg Harbor just to make sure it isn’t something more serious.

Mouth Sores

There are several different types of mouth sores, including canker sores, cold sores, candidiasis, and leukoplakia. These can be different levels of severity and caused by different sources. Mouth sores can also be a symptom of a disease, infection, or virus. It’s important to see your dentist as soon as you can when you have a mouth source.

Bad Breath

Bad breath can have innocuous origins, such as from what you eat, or it can signify a deeper medical condition. If brushing twice a day and flossing once daily is not sufficient to address your bad breath, come visit us at Smiles by Dr. Santos.

Jaw Problems

Whether it is jaw pain or a clicking sound when you chew, there are a variety of reasons why your jaw may be causing you problems. It could be due to arthritis, teeth grinding, gingivitis, TMJ, or sinus problems, for example. With a thorough dental exam, we should be able to determine the cause of your jaw problems.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can be a symptom of either a medical disorder or a side effect of a medication. Dry mouth is a concern because saliva is integral to our defense against tooth decay. Saliva works to wash away food debris, neutralize acids from bacteria in the mouth, and fight disease. If you are experiencing dry mouth, your dentist may be able to guide you to better mouth moisture.

Cracked or Broken Tooth

If you have brittle teeth and/or grind your teeth, you may experience a cracked tooth without realizing it. Left untreated, a cracked tooth can break, leading to some serious dental problems. If you experience any pain while you chew, visit your dentist as soon as possible, as this may indicate a nearly invisible crack in the tooth. Alternatively, if you know your tooth is cracked or broken, you should seek an emergency dentist ASAP.

Stained Teeth

Stained teeth is a common problem, and much of it happens naturally as we age. Stained teeth also occur due to eating certain foods, drinking dark beverages, smoking, genetics, and some medications. Fortunately, there is a wealth of whitening options before you, including at our cosmetic dental clinic in Egg Harbor. Contact us at Smiles by Dr. Santos for a teeth whitening consultation.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, we would love to help you optimize your oral health. At our cosmetic dental clinic in Egg Harbor, we have extensive experience addressing a wide spectrum of dental problems. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!