What is your Mouth Telling You?

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What is happening in there?
By Ansley Depp
February 04, 2013
 
You can learn a lot about your body from an oral exam at your dentist office. Do you notice any of these???
1.Red, puffy, bleeding gums.
You could have gingivitis or periodontitis, an inflammation or infection of your gums. This can raise your risk for heart attack or stroke. This can be an irreversible disease that can threaten more than just your smile. Puffy, bleeding gums in women can mean hormonal changes. I have diagnosed more than one pregnancy by just seeing someone's bleeding gums. Speak with your dentist first to find out the cause.
 
2. Bad Breath
It could be related to a gastrointestinal condition. Your mouth is your first stage of digestion and from your tongue to your stomach they are all connected. Start with your dentist but you may need to see an internist or gastroenterologist.
 
3. A canker sore
Could you be under pressure? Stressed out? Stress can weaken your immune system. the sore should disappear within two weeks, but your dentist may have some treatment to help canker sores disappear faster.
 
4 .A swollen red tongue
You could be anemic (lacking in iron) or deficient in vitamin B12. Talk to your physician about blood tests and possibly supplements
 
5. Burning tongue
Could you be in Menopause? Strange symptoms happen for women during this time in life, but the burning tongue may be the most frustrating of all. Start with your dentist. A specialized physcian or dermatologist may need to help with treatment.
 
6. Dry mouth
Are you taking a medication that can dry out your mouth? There are hundreds!!! Blood pressure medications, antihistimines, and antianxiety medications are among the most common. Speak with your physician and dentist about managing this. It can be very detrimental to your oral health.
 
7. Flat, worn-down or chipped teeth
Could you be grinding your teeth, possibly in your sleep? this can cause morning headaches, jaw pain, hearing loss, and difficulty chewing. Talk to your dentist about a custom-fitted mouthguard to halt the symptoms.
 
These are just a few of the common things that dentists see that are related to the body. I will discuss some others in another post.