What your Teeth and Gums Say about your Health
- Posted on: Nov 30 2017
The state of your teeth and gums is an astonishingly strong indicator of your overall health. From teeth grinding and dry mouth to gum disease and tooth loss, all of these dental issues can have serious health implications.
Tooth loss and osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease that makes your bones weak and brittle. It affects all of the bones in your body—including the jawbone—and can result in tooth loss. Also, bisphosphonates is an osteoporosis medication that can increase the risk of a condition known as osteonecrosis. This condition can cause bone death in the jaw.
Anemia and pale gums
When you are anemic, your body lacks sufficient red blood cells, or your red blood cells lack sufficient amounts of hemoglobin. The result is a lack of oxygen to your body, which can show up in the form of a swollen tongue or a mouth that is pale and tender.
Eating disorders and tooth enamel
Eating disorders like bulimia can cause serious tooth erosion. The stomach acid from constant vomiting can diminish tooth enamel while purging will cause the mouth and throat swell. The nutritional deficiencies associated with bulimia and anorexia can also affect the overall health of your teeth.
Premature birth and gum disease
The relationship between gum disease and premature birth is unknown, but they are certainly linked. If you are expecting and have gum disease, you could be more likely to have a premature birth. Unfortunately, the hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy appear to exacerbate the presence of gum disease.
What your gums should look like
Gums should look firm and pink, as opposed to swollen and red. To maintain healthy gums, ensure you follow a consistent dental routine. This includes brushing your teeth two times a day, flossing, and rinsing. Regular dental exams are key to avoiding tooth or gum problems.
Schedule your dental cleaning
Schedule your next dental exam today with the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry. We understand that that best treatment is preventive treatment. Contact our office at 310-285-0530. We look forward to answering your questions and addressing your concerns.
Posted in: Preventative Dentistry