The condition of your mouth can often tell you a lot about your overall health. Your teeth, gums, tongue and your breath all offer valuable insight into both your oral health, as well as your physical state.
Here are some ways in which your mouth might be trying to tell you something…
[b]Sore, Inflamed or Discoloured Gums[/b]
These types of symptoms can mean that gingivitis might be a concern, as the warning signs of gingivitis are puffy gums, traces of blood on your toothbrush or a change in the colour of your gums. It is not generally painful, but well-worth addressing as gum disease is one of the main reasons adults lose their teeth.
Luckily, gingivitis can be treated and reversed if it is discovered in the early stages.
Make sure you see your family dentist regularly to monitor your gums overall dental health.
If your teeth are reacting to hot, cold, or even sugary treats, it is possible that you have a cavity, a fracture, worn-out tooth enamel, an exposed root or an infection.
Heat sensitivity usually indicates the pulp is infected, while cold sensitivity indicates pulpal inflammation, or a cavity. Tooth sensitivity may also be caused by a history of decay or a restoration in close proximity to the pulp, by a restoration failure, or by bruxism – which is grinding or clenching of the teeth.
[b]Bleeding Gums During Flossing[/b]
Bleeding gums during flossing, as mentioned, means you could have gingivitis. Again, it is totally reversible if caught early enough, so make sure to mention it at your next cleaning.
As we’ve discussed in a previous post, temporomandibular disorder, or TMD, is often related to stress. Or you may be compulsively clenching your jaws or grinding your teeth at night.
However, in some cases facial injury, diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, or an improperly growing jaw can lead to TMD.
Don’t panic …almost all TMD patients get better with simple non-invasive interventsions.
[b]Tongue Sores, Lumps or Patches[/b]
Not to alarm you, but oral cancer can be indicated by any of the above symptoms, as well as changes in the texture or colour of the mouth tissues; bleeding or numbness in the mouth; difficulty swallowing; or changes in taste or tongue sensation.
X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans or MRIs are all ways in which to detect oral cancer, so don’t jump to any conclusions until such measures have been taken. Again, regular check-ups by your family dentist are imperative, as it is your family dentist who is trained to detect abnormal changes in all of the oral tissues.
Poor oral hygiene could be a factor, and often a lack of flossing is the culprit. Leftover food particles turn your mouth into a bacteria grow-op – leading to bad breath.
Or it is possible that you are carb-deficient? If you have ever known someone to be on the Atkins diet, you have likely smelled the aroma of bad breath coming from his or her general direction. The vigorous act of their body burning fat, can cause this.
As your [link url=http://www.myorthodontists.ca/about_us.php]Surrey Orthodontist[/link], we don’t want you to ignore the symptoms your mouth might be trying to tell you, in these and other various forms. As with your physical health, your oral health should be heeded as well!