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What can your Mouth tell your Dentist?

  Information Your Mouth can Tell

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There are many reasons to visit your dentist but what is not commonly known is the story your mouth can provide to the overall health of your body. The condition of your teeth and especially your gums can be an alert system for potential health problems.  Your dentist is a big part of keeping you healthy. Regular check-ups are essential for keeping your gums, teeth and tongue in good repair but it could be an early detection of something else in your body needing to be addressed.

Common Syndromes your Mouth can Tell

Stressed Out– When you are nervous or stressed, your body creates higher levels of cortisol in the body.  Higher levels of cortisol are strongly associated with inflammation.  These elevated levels also makes it more difficult for your body to fight off an infection.  In turn, this can create sensitive teeth and gums. It also can contribute to gum disease.

Anemia–  Light pink pale gums can be a heads up to your dentist that you might be iron deficient.

Dry Mouth–  Certain antihistamines used for allergies as well as a list of drugs used to manage mental health issues can cause dry mouth.  A dry mouth can contribute to tooth decay.  To avoid this issue, your dentist can order sprays and saliva substitutes to help protect your teeth.

 

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Do You Have Chronic Bad Breath?

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If gum disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.

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Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental cavities.

The medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by the side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.

Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.

Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610 Charlotte, NC 28262