September 13, 2017
It’s true that your breath could remind you of the onions that dominated your salad at lunch, but that’s not all your mouth can tell you! Oral health concerns like problems with your gums, teeth, and tongue can hint at health concerns deeper in the body. Here are four oral signs that your Ocean City dentist can see from examining your mouth.
If you suddenly have a bunch of cavities, it could mean diabetes.
If you recently visited the dentist to discover you have an abnormal amount of cavities since your last exam, it could be pointing to larger problems. Assuming you’re not hooked on milkshakes or taking any new medications, the tooth decay could be a sign that you’re body is having trouble processing glucose in your body.
When that happens, the sugar can build up in your saliva and mix with the dental bacteria in your mouth, causing a harmful acid to attack the enamel of your teeth. You might also feel some tooth pain, especially after eating something sweet, hot, or cold. Cavities are just one of the symptoms of diabetes.
If your teeth are eroding, it could mean Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Heartburn can happen to anyone. But if you’re experiencing it more than twice a week for a few weeks in a row, you may have GERD. Never heard of it? GERF is a condition where stomach acids leak into the esophagus. While some people experience a “burning” sensation in their chest or throat, there are some patients that don’t notice any symptoms at all.
When stomach acid reaches the mouth, it can wear away the enamel on your teeth. You may notice that your teeth are sensitive, erosion of the sides and bottom of your tongue, and that uncomfortable burning sensation in your throat. If you are diagnosed with GERD, it may be treated with antacids, prescription meds, and lifestyle changes like avoiding certain foods. It’s best to seek out assistance from a professional.
If your gums bleed when you brush, you could be developing gum disease.
Unless you just started flossing your teeth or you’re brushing invasively, blood in the sink may indicate the progression of gum disease. If bleeding gums are left untreated, gingivitis, (beginning stages of gum disease) can lead to more serious periodontal disease (advanced gum disease). Periodontal disease can cause gums to recede from the teeth and form pockets that get infected. And that may signal trouble beyond your mouth like heart disease, diabetes, strokes—even Alzheimer’s disease!
Make an appointment with your dentist if you think you might have gingivitis. Also, make sure you’re using the right toothbrush (one that’s not too stiff), and remember to floss with your gums in mind.
The best way to combat dental problems—or other health problems—is to seek assistance from a professional. Your dentist is here to help you and will partner with your doctor to make sure you’re health is in good hands!
About Our Office
At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, our goal is to provide comprehensive dental care in a gentle, compassionate environment. This helps each of our patients relax and really trust the experts that we have in our office. If it’s been a while since your last dental exam and cleaning or you have a specific concern, feel free to reach out to your Ocean City dentist!
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