What Your Mouth is Telling You About Your Health
- Posted on: Nov 30 2017
Did you know that stress, osteoporosis, and diabetes can all be revealed through the health of your teeth and gums? It’s true. The signs associated with many conditions and diseases are visible by examining our mouths.
Diabetes and gum disease
Diabetes can decrease the body’s ability to overcome infection. Heightened blood sugars also enhance the probability of getting gum disease. Once you develop gum disease, it is more difficult to maintain normal blood sugar levels. You can protect your mouth and your gums by keeping your blood sugar levels in check.
Dry mouth and tooth decay
The production of saliva works to protect the gums and teeth from bacteria that create cavities and gingivitis. If you suffer from dry mouth, you are more vulnerable to developing gum disease and tooth decay. Your dry mouth could be caused by medications you are taking. For instance, some decongestants, painkillers, and antidepressants are known to cause dry mouth. Talk to your dentist to see how your medications are hurting your dental health and what can be done.
Stress and teeth grinding
Anxiety, depression, and stress can put you at greater risk for oral health issues. Individuals dealing with high amounts of stress produce increased levels of the hormone cortisol, which can be damaging to both the gums and body. Also, the emotional duress caused by stress is more likely to affect how people care for themselves. Over 50% of people do not maintain a healthy dental hygiene routine when they are stressed. Smoking, grinding teeth, and drinking alcohol are also problems related to stress.
Osteoporosis and tooth loss
Osteoporosis affects all of the bones in your body, including your jawbone. Ultimately, it can lead to tooth loss. An osteoporosis medication called bisphosphonates is linked to a tiny increase in the risk of a condition called osteonecrosis, which leads to bone death in the jaw.
Schedule a consultation
If you have concerns about your oral health, contact Drs of Smiles today to arrange a dental exam. We look forward to answering your questions and discussing your concerns with you. You can talk with our team at 480-834-6991.