Do you know that your mouth reflects your overall health?
Your teeth and gums giving you trouble may be more than just a dental problem. There could be some deeper issues involved which dentists are finding out. Washington based dentist Joseph Kravitz said that the color of the mouth and smell as well as spots around the gums tell a lot. In recent years, there has been an increased attention in the relation between oral health and the rest of the body, with such experts as Richard Carmona, the surgeon general asking policymakers to look for signs and symptoms of mouth infections and understand how these reflect the general health condition and acts as a marker for many other diseases. This has also led many dentists to consider their job as something more than mere root canals and fillings.
Below is given some clues that would help dentists identify the disease:
- Heart disease: the gums turn into a bright beefy red or purple.
- Kidney disease: the breath of the person smells of sweet ammonia.
- Oral cancer: white spots on the gum tissues that last for over two weeks.
- Osteoporosis: Black spots could be seen on tooth X-rays, indicating air pockets and dead bone.
- Sleep apnea: The tongue is enlarged and the gums inflamed in mouth part through which air passes.
- Bulimia: The upper front teeth are thin as paper and the enamel are almost completely worn away while the teeth hurt.
- Type 2 Diabetes: Bleeding of Gums at the slightest touch, though no sign of plaque to be seen.
- Acid reflux: Worn and pitted teeth.
- Leukemia: Swollen gums that look fiery red and seem not to heal.
- Stress: Gums that are pulled away from teeth or fractured teeth.
- Pregnancy: Swollen gums indicating hormonal changes.
Kravitz recommends that patients should see to it that dentists are making a thorough inspection of their mouth that should take a minimum of five minutes and not checking for 5 to 10 seconds.