When your dentist looks around inside your mouth while simultaneously asking you questions about how often you floss, it’s not just cavities they are looking for and there is a lot more than tooth decay that they can see. Poor dental health is often linked to poor general health. However, even seemingly healthy teeth can reveal valuable information about your health.
- Irritated And Bleeding Gums
Inflamed gums that bleed when you brush or floss can be a sign of periodontal disease, an infection that affects the gum tissue and underlying structures. However, they can also be evidence of a hormonal imbalance. Women are particularly prone to sensitive gums during their menstrual cycles and menopause.
- Tooth Damage
Worn, eroded, cracked or broken teeth may be signs of advanced dental disease. They can also be evidence of GERD or gastro-esophageal reflux disease. GERD is associated with stomach acids washing back up into the mouth, which can weaken and wear down teeth. Damaged teeth can also indicate high levels of stress or anxiety, particularly if you also have headaches, neck pain or other symptoms. Teeth grinding can significantly increase your risk of damaged teeth, and you may be more prone to TMJ disorders.
Bad breath can be a sign of serious health issues. Kidney and liver disease, respiratory disease, post nasal drip and uncontrolled diabetes are all associated with bad breath. Diabetes can cause a sweet or fruity odor that is indicative of ketoacidosis.
- Sharp Tooth Pain
Slight discomfort in your mouth may mean nothing if it lasts for a day or two. However, if the pain is persistent especially when biting, then you may have cavities also known as decay, or even a tooth fracture. It may also signal a sinus infection if the ache is in the upper teeth.
If you are experiencing any abnormal symptoms please contact us so we can help you determine the cause and create a treatment plan that will restore your dental health. Call Maple Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment at 401-237-4038.