For some reason, we choose to take our oral health for granted. It’s almost as if the fact that it’s borderline on the outside of our bodies makes us neglect our oral cavities. We choose to worry about that which we cannot see without the appropriate medical paraphernalia, even though we are aware, at least to a certain degree, of the threats that lack of oral care can bring upon the rest of our bodies. In addition to presenting a local threat for the affected area, parts of our mouths have been known to significantly influence the rest of our bodies.
Swollen, bleeding gums are usually an unmistakable sign of some form of gum disease. Common in people that suffer from diabetes, due to the fact that people with diabetes tend to be more susceptible to bacterial infections and the fact that it is significantly harder for them to heal after oral procedures. However, treating this kind of gum issues has been known to improve blood sugar levels and other complications concerning diabetes.
A whitish, lacy, webbing-like pattern inside one’s cheeks is probably a sign of Lichen planus, a skin disease with an unknown cause, that strikes both genders aged 30 through 70. This problematic disease usually starts in the mouth, but unfortunately rarely ends there. The Lichen planus rash may appear on other mucous membranes all over the human body, like the vaginal membrane or others.
Wear and tear in teeth is a normal and expected thing that comes with age. By utilizing them to grind the food as a beginning of the process of digestion (sometimes for biting fingernails, chewing pens or opening beer bottles), some form of degradation should be expected, at least. In addition to foods that have negative effect on our teeth structure (grapefruit, various sweets, nuts and such), you might one to keep a look on the possibility of gastroesophageal reflux disease (with a ridiculous, yet not to be messed around with acronym of GERD) can cause the relatively strong stomach acid to make its way to the mouth, thus dissolving layers from the teeth. Teeth have also been known to be indicators of early signs of osteoporosis, a disease usually targeting women over the age of 50, resulting in gradually destroying their bone density.
However, loose teeth usually aren’t a sign of osteoporosis, but something way simpler – dental malocclusions can be result of many things, stemming from genetics, over inadequate chewing to injuries. These discrepancies from regular human teeth alignment have been known to cause further jaw issues, like jaw clicking, painful chewing or yeast infections, gum rot, sometimes even gangrene. Braces have been known as an only option, up to recently. Invisalign offers a quick, invisible and painless solution for this kind of problems. Basically a transparent mold, made specifically for the individual patient, in the battle of Invisalign vs. braces, the former is always the victor, seeing as how it not only proves for a prettier solution, but keeps one’s teeth tight and in check.
Persistent mouth sores that last more than a couple weeks and/or keep coming back probably are a sign that you need to pay a visit to your dentist, especially if they’re not a regular pink in color, as this might mean oral cancer. Often a consequence of smoking, this dangerous affection has a very low survival rate, seeing as how the warning signs are usually detected too late. So don’t refrain from frequent dentist visits.
It may come as a shock, but the plaque that builds up on you teeth has been known to cause heart attacks and strokes. When the bacteria from the mouth plaque induced by gum disease detaches and enters the bloodstream, it may cause blood to clot and increase the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Even if you don’t suffer from heart problems, this is one more reason to pay the visits to your dentist more frequently.
We hope that we have confirmed the health-enters-through-the-mouth myth for you and that you’re already dialing your dentist to schedule a visit. We cannot stress enough the importance of regular check-ups, both in your mirror and at the dentist’s, especially due to the fact that pain might not be the worst that could happen.