When your dentist gives you an examination he or she may see (or smell) some things that could be very revealing about your health. Read on to see what your mouth might expose about your health.
1. Bleeding gums
It is not that uncommon for your gums to occasionally bleed when flossing if you haven’t done it for a while. However, if they continue to bleed this could be a sign of undiagnosed pre-diabetes. If you’re diabetic this could hint at out of control blood sugar levels. You should talk to your doctor about it to either get your blood sugar tested or find out how to manage your diabetes better.
2. Bad Breath
Bad breath is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, bacteria waste, debris and food particle decay. But, it could be indicative of either acid reflux or a sinus infection. If your dentist finds that your brushing is not a problem, they may refer you to your doctor to get to the bottom of it.
3. Worn-down Teeth
Worn-down teeth are caused by grinding, which usually occurs during sleep. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching usually occurs in people with higher levels or stress. Your doctor may suggest fitting you with a night guard.
4. White Patches On Tongue and Cheek
Thrush is usually a sign of a lowered immune system. This can happen due to something as simple as a cold. An anti-fungal can be prescribed as an easy remedy.
5. Dental X-rays Do Not Look Right
This could be a sign of osteoporosis, especially in women. You can ask for your doctor is a bone-density test would be recommended.
6. Inflamed Gums
Your teeth look great, but your gums do not. If your gums are very inflamed and bleed on touch but your teeth are clean it could be a form of leukemia. A follow-up with your regular doctor should be done to rule anything out.
7. Lesions At The Back Of Your Mouth
This could be oral cancer most likely caused by HPV. You will need to go see your primary care doctor and get the testing done.
8. Dry Mouth
Lack of saliva is usually caused by medications, but it could be a sign you have the autoimmune disease Sjögren’s syndrome. You will need to see a rheumatologist for confirmation.