What other symptoms might occur with dental symptoms?

Dental symptoms may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the teeth may also involve other body systems.

Oral symptoms that may occur along with dental symptoms

Dental symptoms may accompany other symptoms affecting the mouth including:

  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Changes in taste
  • Dry mouth
  • Pus or discharge
  • Receding gums
  • Redness, swelling or bleeding of the gums

Other symptoms that may occur along with dental symptoms

Dental symptoms may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Anxiety
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening or closing the mouth
  • Coughing up clear, yellow, light brown, or green mucus
  • Earache
  • Emotional stress
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • General ill feeling
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain in muscles of the face
  • Postnasal drip
  • Stuffy nose or nasal congestion

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, dental symptoms may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have dental symptoms along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Reduced jaw mobility, such as difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
  • Severe headache
  • Severe pain
  • Swelling of the jaw
  • Trismus (inability to open jaw)

What are the signs of dental problems?

Dental symptoms affect the teeth and gums. They may include toothache, pain with chewing, sensitivity of the teeth, tooth discoloration, redness or swelling of the gums, receding or bleeding gums, worn-down teeth, broken or chipped teeth, and loose or lost teeth. Dental symptoms are commonly caused by tooth decay, infection, inflammation or injury; however, malnutrition, certain types of cancer... Read more about dental symptomsintroduction


What causes dental symptoms?

Dental symptoms are often caused by tooth decay, infection or injury. Tooth decay can progress to an infection of the core, or pulp, of the tooth, causing pain. Infections can also progress to abscesses and can cause the gums around the teeth to become red and swollen. Injury to a tooth can cause pain and lead to infection. Plaque can also contribute to gingivitis (reversible inflammation of th... Read more about dental symptomscauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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