Things Your Mouth tells you about your Health


 

 

 

 

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1.SHARP TOOTH PAIN – sharp pain in your teeth when you bite down or chew is reason to see your dentist immediately, as it could indicate dental decay or a cavity. For throbbing, aching pain, he says to wait three days if it still is a problem go see the dentist. 

            An ache that’s located in your top teeth may signal a sinus infection  as the sinuses are located just above the upper roots of your upper teeth. A dentist should be able to tell if your sinuses are infected with an x-ray, and a decongestant should help the pain ease. Source – Steven Goldberg, D.D.S., a Boca Raton, FL-based dentist and inventor of DentalVibe

2. BLEEDING GUMS –  It is not normal for your gums to bleed. If your gums bleed during brushing or flossing it could mean you have periodontal (gum) disease. Make a trip to your dentist as soon as possible for a thorough cleaning, and be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, as gum disease can be extremely dangerous to the rest of the body. Bacteria that’s causing your gums to bleed can leave the mouth and enter the bloodstream, potentially affecting your heart by inflaming your arteries. people with pre-existing heart valve conditions, this can even lead to death.

It is  recommended that all pregnant women pay close attention to oral hygiene, ramp up their brushing and flossing regimen, limit sugar intake, and avoid major dental procedures that could in any way influence the baby’s growth and development

Source – Lori Laughter and  Steven Goldberg, D.D.S., a Boca Raton, FL-based dentist and inventor of DentalVibe.

3. PERMANENTLY STAINED TEETH – Most yellow or brownish stains are superficial, usually caused by drinking coffee, tea, soda, red wine or smoking. Toothpaste that contains a derivative of hydrogen peroxide such as carbide peroxide will help whiten your teeth. Some Dentists have over the counter whiteners as well.

Dark black or brown spots on a tooth can signal a cavity, while red or blue marks that appear suddenly could mean the tooth has cracked to the pulp, where the nerves and blood vessels are located  in that case the tooth will have to be removed.

If you have white, yellow, or brown spots and grooves or pitting on the tooth’s surface, you could have celiac disease. About 90 percent of people with celiac have these problems with their teeth enamel.

Lastly, some stains may have occurred during childhood as a result of tetracycline antibiotics, and unfortunately bleach cannot make these go away. So go easy on the antibiotics for the children.

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4. CRACKING OR LOOSE TEETH – Cracking, crumbling, or suddenly crooked teeth can indicate that you may need to check on your mental—rather than physical—wellness. These problems are usually a sign of tooth grinding. That could be because you are suffering from some sort of stress. Stress causes muscle tension in your jaw, which causes you to clench your teeth while sleeping or trying to sleep. This also can cause headaches and damage to your jaw.

Of course to solve the problem of stress would help solve the problem also a mouth guard is another solution. You could try muscle relaxation techniques, physical therapy, and applying heat to the facial muscles to help alleviate the problem.

 

5.  MOUTH SORES – You need to have diagnosed what type of sore you have. Crater-like sores that appear inside or outside the mouth are canker sores and ulcers.  Stress, hormones, allergies, or a nutritional deficiency of iron, folic acid, or vitamin B-12 may be to blame. Try not to eat acid or spicy food as it could make the problem worse. A topic gel will usually help calm this down. 

Fluid-filled sores on your lips, those are cold sores. This is caused by caused by the herpes simplex virus. Avoid touch these while they are weeping as they are contagious. No kissing. It can take up to three weeks for them to heal.

Not to scare you but Any kind of sore that doesn’t start to heal or disappear after about two weeks, and especially one that turns red, white, or swollen, requires an immediate trip to the dentist. “This could signal an autoimmune disease or even something more serious like oral cancer.

 

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6. METALLIC TASTE –  it could be a side effect of a medication you’re taking; possible culprits include antihistamines, antibiotics, and heart meds. 

It could be a symptom of gum disease, which requires a thorough dental cleaning and vigilant home care.

It could be a zinc deficiency. Vegetarians and vegans are more prone to this, as the mineral is found mostly in animal products.

7. CUTS ON THE INNER CORNERS OF YOUR LIPS – Angular Cheilitis—Its not just a side effect of chapped, dry lips. These cuts are inflamed areas of fungal or bacterial infection, and may be caused by nutritional deficiencies.

Topical anti-fungal medications can provide relief,  talk to you doctor to see if you are lacking B vitamins or iron.  You also may need to change your diet.

8. WHITISH BUMPS ON YOUR TONGUE – It could be the result of poor hygiene, dry mouth, or a medication, it may also be thrush. You need to take care of it ASAP.

Swollen white nodes toward the back of your tongue could also indicate HPV.  The dentist would need to biopsy the lesions to be sure. 

 A bluish color on your tongue may just be a blood clot where you bit yourself.  It also could be a sign of oral cancer in this case go see the doctor ASAP.

9.  WHITE WEBBING ON YOUR INNER CHEEK – White strand or web-like patterns inside your cheek usually mean you have lichen planus, a condition that can also cause shiny red bumps on other areas of your skin such as your hands nails, or scalp. More common in women ages 30 to 70, the cause of lichen planus is unknown.  it isn’t contagious or dangerous, there’s no known cure for it either. 

 

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10.  DRY MOUTH – Side effect of many medications, including antihistamines, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety meds. Moisture in your mouth helps prevent cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis, and other oral infections. Products that contain xylitol, such as sugar-free gum or Salese lozenges,  helps stimulate the production of saliva which is necessary for the health of your mouth.

 If you  suffer from cracked lips and swollen, sore, or bleeding gums, you may have Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can be treated with medication or surgery. Go see your dentist if you have concerns.

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11. BAD BREATH – It is  buildup of bacteria—and a sign you need to be more mindful with your toothbrush. 

It could be the result of a more serious problem, respiratory disease, post-nasal drip, uncontrolled diabetes, gastric reflux, or kidney failure. if your breath is fruity, it could be a sign of diabetes.

If you are worried about this go check with your dentist and he can point you in the right direction for help.

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