When White Teeth Don't Necessarily Mean Healthy Teeth

Posted on: 13 July 2022

It might be hard to believe but sparkling white teeth may be hiding a dreadful secret. What onlookers see may be only surface attractiveness. Read on to find out why those beautiful-looking teeth may not always be as healthy as they can be. 

Unhealthy Gums

At first, gum issues may not be apparent to the person sporting white teeth or anyone else. Problems with gums can start slowly and become more obvious over time. However, even late-stage gum diseases can remain invisible to others. If gum disease is not treated, it can progress to the point of no return. Gum infections can race through a person's body and affect their heart, and prosthetic devices, and can even create serious illnesses in those with compromised immune systems.

Those pearly white teeth can become loose and may be prone to falling out, no matter how white they may appear. Also, be particularly aware of sores on the gums. Pus-filled sores may be an abscess. Abscesses on the gums form when bacteria are allowed to run rampant. These sores can be dangerous if the infection enters your bloodstream and should be dealt with immediately to prevent more problems.


Many people think of visible damage when considering what decay can do to teeth. However, decay may begin as a tiny crack or hole in the tooth. The only thing necessary for the decay to grow worse is a failure to seek treatment. As you chew food, drink beverages, and as time goes on, that cavity will begin to weaken the enamel protecting your teeth. Then, the tooth will literally begin to fall apart. The best remedy for this is to have cavities taken care of right away when they are tiny. They can often be spotted by your dental hygienist or dentist during a regular check-up and dealt with quickly.

Molar Maladies

What might be hiding behind those gorgeous white teeth can create some serious problems. It's important to care for all your teeth and not just those that can be seen by others. The molars, or back teeth, are often a prime spot for problems with decay and more. Unfortunately, they may not be noticed by those who don't get regular dental treatment. Some people are missing back teeth because of that lack of attention and that can create problems with chewing. Putting pressure on only one side of your mouth can weaken those teeth. Additionally, missing teeth in the back or anywhere else can lead to a loss of bone in the jaw area. That can cause a sagging look on the face and make getting implants more challenging.

To find out more about any of the above, speak to a dentist.