What Your Mouth Says About Your Health
Whether you are a talkative person or not, your mouth might be saying a lot about you without you even saying a word. Clean, healthy-looking teeth are just the beginning. Some symptoms can be easy to miss but still signal potentially serious dental or physical health issues.
• Red, bleeding gums
Women can be susceptible to hormonal imbalances, which can trigger gum irritation. If you are going through puberty, are pregnant, or are menopausal, you may be at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Frequent dental appointments may be needed to keep plaque and bacteria under control and gums healthy and comfortable.
• Red mouth, swollen tongue, or pale tongue
Even if these symptoms are not painful, they can be signs of a bigger problem: nutritional deficiencies. Deficiencies of vitamin B6 or iron are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to dental symptoms. Bring these to our attention as soon as possible so that we can further evaluate the symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring.
• Worn or damaged teeth
Teeth that seem to be melting away, cracked, chipped or crumbling may have GERD, a common stomach problem. This can severely damage not only your teeth but also your esophagus and needs to be treated at the first sign of GERD-related dental issues.
• Worn, damaged teeth and headaches
If GERD is not the source of your dental damage, you may suffer from bruxism, which is often linked to stress or anxiety. Treatment can eliminate the problem and protect your teeth and jaw joints from further damage.
• Bad breath
Bad breath is an embarrassing problem, but it can also indicate a variety of health problems ranging from diabetes to liver and kidney problems.
Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist.
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