Clues about problems in your mouth
When you notice that the conditions in your mouth have somehow changed, it is time to pay attention. Sometimes, symptoms of various health problems will be seen first in your mouth. If you pay attention to these mouth signs, you may be able to ward off problems as they are just getting started.
If you are prone to get a lot of cavities, it could be because you are not getting enough of the right kind of nutrition. Healthy teeth and gums depend on it, and when you do not have enough, there will be problems. You need to have a combination of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins C, D and E. Using toothpaste or mouthwash with fluoride may also help. This problem may also indicate that you have diabetes.
2. Sensitive Teeth
When your teeth hurt when you eat something that is hot or cold, or sweet or spicy, it is because of eroded enamel on your teeth. This is caused by the bacteria in your mouth. When you drink things like fruit juice, sodas, or wine, they also have acid in them that will further damage your teeth.
3. Short Teeth
If your teeth are short and they look like they have been ground down, you are probably grinding your teeth. Many people do this unconsciously in their sleep. Stress will aggravate it. This may indicate that you have sleep apnea, too, which could be fatal. You should be tested for it at a sleep lab.
4. Gum Infections
If you notice that your gums have become inflamed and that your gums bleed when you brush them, you have mild gum disease. By brushing twice a day and flossing, you can get rid of this early stage of gum disease.
5. Periodontal Disease
As gum disease progresses, you will notice larger areas of inflammation and more bleeding. You may also notice that your gums are receding and that pockets are forming on your gums where they are pulling away from your teeth. Spaces may also be developing between your teeth, and you may see pus at the gum line. As it gets worse, some teeth might become loose.
When you see these symptoms, you have periodontal disease. You need to see a dentist for periodontal treatment right away because it will only get worse and you may actually lose some teeth.
An additional problem with gum disease is that the inflammation will travel through your body and cause more serious health problems. There will be buildups in your blood vessels and in your organs which can be fatal. It can lead to problems such as cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and more.
6. Bad Breath
If you have bad breath that does not stay away, you likely have gum disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease produces sulfur compounds. When they increase in number, you will have bad breath. The bacteria feed on sugar, so eating a sugary breath mint is only a short-term solution. Getting the gum disease treated is the only permanent solution to this nasty problem.
7. Dry Mouth
When you do not have enough saliva, it is called a dry mouth. This particular problem can be caused by many medications and some diseases such as diabetes. This is a problem because your saliva normally helps remove the bacteria and acid, as well as food particles from your teeth. Without the needed saliva, the bacteria get out of control, creating cavities in much less time and enabling gum disease to develop faster.
You can remedy this problem by drinking a lot more water throughout the day. Chewing sugarless gum with xylitol in it will also help.
8. White Tongue
Having a white film on your tongue could be a problem. This could be a yeast infection called oral thrush. You will need to go to a dentist to diagnose and treat it. If you have diabetes, you will need to control it for a better response to the medication.
9. Sores in Your Mouth
The mouth is a place where sores will often occur. You could have canker sores, cold sores, an injury, and more. Some sores, however, if they have red and white spots in them, could be oral cancer. You should have it looked at quickly by a dentist if it lasts for more than two weeks. Oral cancers tend to spread fast.
10. Enamel Erosion
If you have the enamel eroded on the inside of your lower front teeth, you likely have GERD. This is caused by stomach acid lying in your mouth while you sleep – possibly for hours. Your teeth will need repair, and GERD will need to be treated because it may lead to cancer.
Reduce Oral Problems to Live Longer
Many problems in the mouth occur because of a lack of proper oral care. With proper brushing – twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing – you could eliminate or reduce many oral problems. Besides that, you may even be able to extend your life by as much as 6.4 years.
Your dentist is the best person to go to for information about the conditions in your mouth. They are trained to recognize many symptoms and can help you identify upcoming problems.
Preventing gum disease is important for the health of your mouth and beautiful smile. Gum disease treatment can be given to those who have it, and regular checkups and preventive dentistry can be given to all members of the family. Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, MS, MBA, FDSRCS, a Board Certified Periodontist, can provide the oral care needed. He offers a wide range of dental services for all ages and accepts most dental health plans. His dental offices are located in the Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Mockingbird/SMU and Grapevine, TX areas. For a consultation or dental checkup, you can contact his office today at 469-470-2546