What your mouth may be trying to tell you…..
There are many diseases and conditions that have symptoms that occur in the mouth, and if you know a little about what they are it can help you to make better decisions about your health.
Bad Breath: If you brush your teeth, floss, and use mouth wash regularly but still have stinky breath it could be a symptom of a more serious condition. Indigestion and a few stomach disorders can cause halitosis, a.k.a. bad breath, but the scariest is liver disease. The good news is that bad breath is often an early symptom of liver disease, and if it is properly diagnosed you stand a better chance of getting healthy. If you are suffering from constant bad breath lets discuss this at your next visit.
Dry Mouth: There are many causes of dry mouth. If a person runs a lot, is dehydrated, smokes, or drinks too much alcohol they could experience dry mouth. However, it is also and early indicator of diabetes. In diabetics’ mouths the salivary glands thicken and slow down, and when this happens a host of new symptoms will begin to appear such as an increased risk of gum infections. If you think you are suffering from these symptoms be sure to contact your general practitioner.
Bleeding Gums: If your gums bleed after brushing your teeth or flossing, it could be a sign of gingivitis. The best way to prevent gingivitis is to simply brush and floss regularly. If you do get gingivitis, be sure to seek treatment for it. If left unchecked it can develop into periodontitis, which is a full blown infection of the tissues and bones that support your teeth. Your teeth will eventually become loose and begin to fall out.
Canker Sores: When a person is constantly developing canker sores in their mouth it could mean they have allergies they are unaware of. We also have a laser treatment to help with your canker sores so ask us at your next visit.
Aluminum Taste: If your mouth constantly tastes like you have been licking an aluminum can it is a give-away that you are not getting enough zinc in your diet. Make sure you eat foods high in zinc, such as beef, spinach, nuts, and mushrooms.