Jul
26
2013

Your Teeth Offer Clues to Your Health

The condition of your teeth and gums give several clues regarding the condition of your overall health. Portland dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow and their staff at Mt. Tabor Dental offer compassionate dental care in a relaxed environment, providing clear information about what your teeth say about your overall health.

Clue #1 Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are more common than you might think in patients as they grow older. This condition is an early sign of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, and can lead to increasingly painful dental problems if not addressed. This condition can also be a sign of a hormonal imbalance, most commonly experienced by women as they go through hormonal changes throughout a lifetime. To know for sure what might be causing your gums to bleed, it’s essential to get your teeth and gums checked out by one of our dentists.

Clue #2 Cracked Teeth

If you notice your teeth cracking or seeming to crumble, this is often a pretty common sign of teeth grinding. However, this condition has also been linked to acid reflux that patients experience while they sleep, where stomach acid comes up through the esophagus and wears away the enamel coating on teeth. Regardless of the cause, cracked or crumbling teeth can lead to even bigger problems down the road, so it’s important to get them checked out by the dentist.

Clue #3 Redness or Swelling

While swollen gum tissue is certainly an important symptom of periodontal disease to keep track of, there’s also other swelling and redness in the tissues of the mouth that can indicate other potential health problems. If your tongue or mouth seems red and swollen, this could be a sign of a nutritional deficiency, especially in iron and vitamin B. Visiting the dentist can be the first step in figuring out what is causing these symptoms.

Clue #4 Breath Challenges

People may joke about bad breath, but it’s no laughing matter if you deal with dry mouth or challenging breath on a daily basis. If you are brushing and flossing daily but still have issues with bad breath, it could be tied to a more serious problem with your teeth, gums, stomach, kidney or liver. An appointment with the dentist can help figure out the specific issue.

Clue #5 Headaches

While not technically in your mouth – that would be toothaches – experiencing headaches on a regular basis can be an indication of problems with your teeth. If your teeth seem flat and are wearing down rapidly, this in combination with frequent headaches could be a sign of teeth grinding. If you are grinding your teeth while you sleep, the dentists at South Waterfront Dental can recommend strategies and materials, like a mouthguard, to help.

It’s essential to maintain good dental health and to get help from dentists in Portland Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow should an oral health problem appear. To keep your whole mouth healthy, call  Mt. Tabor Dental at (503) 236-1449 to schedule your appointment!

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