In past blog posts we have talked about the importance of Dental Health to your overall health. A recent post, by the great people at Health Life Tricks, titled Five Life Saving Signals Your Body Is Sending You, listed the five signals as Urine, Teeth, Weight, Skin and Nails. Of course the other four signals are important, but we were pleased that they gave ‘Teeth’ the credit they are due.
Please see read the full article when you have the chance. We would like to point out that changes in Dental Health can be one of the initial signals of diseases affecting your heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract or other parts of your body. Pay attention to changes in your teeth and gums, and be sure and see your Dentist on a regular basis.
Below are the Dental Signals pointed out by the article:
Inflammation and bleeding gums
If the gums are inflamed and bleed when you’re brushing your teeth, there is a high probability that you suffer from some form of gum disease or diabetes. In fact, studies have shown that people with diabetes have a greater risk of developing gum disease, compared to people who do not suffer from diabetes.
Gum disease is a result of bacterial infection. Gums can be sensitive to bacteria and microorganisms present in the oral cavity. Studies have shown that proper oral hygiene does not necessarily mean that your gums will be resistant, but only the chances of getting a disease or some kind of complication will be reduced.
Cracked teeth are an indispensable part of aging, but can also be a sign of acid reflux. When you suffer from acid reflux, acid from the stomach begins to return to the esophagus, and you have the symptoms of heartburn.
Chronic reflux of stomach acid can damage the enamel of the teeth and the teeth in general. They can become weaker and more sensitive, which makes them easier to crack. Reflux of stomach acid can cause faster deterioration and aging of the teeth.
Chronic wounds in the mouth
It is completely normal, from time to time, to have a wound in the mouth, especially if you have a habit of biting your lips. If these wounds do not pass within two weeks, you should definitely visit the dentist. Probably not a question of anything dangerous, but in the most serious cases there is a possibility that it is cancer of the oral cavity.
Studies have shown that each year there is an increasing number of people suffering from cancer of the oral cavity, and smokers are in the high risk category. Worst of all is the fact that the survival rate of oral cancer is quite low. This is why it is important to regularly check your mouth, so that if you happen to have cancer, it will be detected in the earliest stage.
The withdrawal of the gums and teeth looseness
Believe it or not, the dentist can be the first expert to recognize the signs of osteoporosis. Gum recession, looseness and falling teeth are some of the first signs of osteoporosis, a disease that is very common in women over the age of 50.
Osteoporosis can be difficult to recognize because it rarely occurs suddenly. The symptoms are subtle until the bones become very weak and brittle. However, the dentist may notice the first symptoms on the teeth, so you’ll have time to stop the osteoporosis from getting any worse.
Plaque and soreness of the gums
Did you know that the plaque that builds up on your teeth is completely the same as the one that can causes a heart attack or a stroke? Studies have shown that inflammation of the gums is one of the most common causes of heart disease. Bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream, which can cause formation of blood clots and thickening of the arteries.
A dentist can help with routine and regular checks. The dentist will be able to recognize infection on time and recommend you the steps to heal the soreness of the gums and reduce the accumulation of dental plaque.