What Your Teeth and Gums Reveal About Your Health

When you have bad breath, or if you get a canker sore you may think that it only relates to what is happening in your mouth. There is now proof that these ailments and others can have a direct link to you overall health. Learn more about the most common issues below.

Bad breath can be more than just embarrassing; it can be a direct indicator of something else going on in your body. If your breath for example has a sweetish odor it could be an indicator of diabetic ketoacidosis. People who suffer from post-nasal drip or sinus infections may also have breath that can be offensive to others.

Bleeding gums can be more than just you brushing too hard. It could also be a sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when there is a build-up of plaque and tarter on the teeth and gums. It can also be a symptom of Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or ITP. There are other reasons that your gums bleed such as vitamin K deficiencies, pregnancy, and other hormonal changes.

Tooth erosion is the permanent disappearance of tooth enamel; this can be caused by brushing too hard. Tooth erosion can also be caused by a heavy consumption of acidic food, tooth decay, and acid reflux disease.

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