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Don’t ignore what your mouth is trying to tell you

dental health windham nhYou may not realize it, but many serious diseases can produce their first symptoms in your mouth. Luckily, if you keep up with your regular check-ups, your dentist can spot health conditions when he or she examines your mouth that might otherwise develop unnoticed.

At home, it’s important that you also pay attention to what’s going on in your mouth, and report to your dentist anything that seems new or strange. Here are some problems that might be warning signs of more serious conditions going on in your body:

  • Bleeding or sore gums
  • Pain in your gums, teeth or jaw
  • Loose teeth
  • Uncontrollable bad breath

Bleeding or sore gums

These can be signs or gum disease, which can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss. In addition, gum disease can be severe in people who have diabetes.

Pain in gums, teeth or jaw

Sometimes these signs are related to a sinus infection or common cold or canker sores, but they may also be the result of stress. And stress can contribute to tooth damage as well as other physical and mental problems. It’s also important to know that pain or discomfort in the jaw can indicate you’re having a heart attack.

Loose teeth

If you have a tooth that starts to move, or even falls outs, that could be a sign of advanced gum disease or early signs of osteoporosis.

Bad Breath

Dry mouth, spicy food and beverages like coffee, tea and alcohol, are the first suspects in this category. But gum disease and gingivitis can also contribute to a constant, non-food related recurrence of bad breath. It can also be the result of underlying health problems, such as sinus and lung infections, stomach problems, diabetes and liver and kidney disease.

If you notice any signs, tell your dentist

By seeing your dentist every six months, she can diagnose specific dental issues that may indicate you have a health issue. That way, you can be diagnosed by your doctor and begin treatment before a condition gets to a more serious level.
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