The health of your mouth and the health of your body are very closely interrelated. So closely, in fact, that problems with your teeth and your gums can actually signify other potential health problems. This is why your Edmonton dentist is one of your most important primary care providers. At the Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinics, we always inform our patients about changes to their oral health and about the need to possibly seek further medical treatment.
Here are five oral health problems and what they might be trying to tell you about your overall health:
- Bleeding gums
Some mild bleeding around your gums is not usually too much cause for concern, but excessive bleeding could signify gum disease. Numerous studies have now linked gum disease with both the development and severity of conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory disorders. If you are having trouble with your gums, then make sure you get yourself checked out for these other health problems as well.
- Tooth wear
Tooth wear can also represent a few different problems. Most commonly, it will occur if you have been clenching your teeth too much throughout the day or while you sleep, which can be a sign of stress. Tooth wear can also be an indication of a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, which occurs when stomach acid makes its way up to the mouth.
- A sudden increase in cavities
If your Edmonton dentist notes that you have a sudden increase in cavities - especially if cavities have never been a major problem for you before and if your diet hasn't changed - then it may be a good idea to see your doctor as well. Rapid tooth decay may mean that your body is having difficulty with glucose processing, which is a sign of diabetes.
- White patches
White patches or lesions on the inside of your cheeks or on your tongue are a common sign of oral thrush, which is an overgrowth of Candida yeast. Oral thrush is more likely to affect people who have dry mouth, a weakened immune system, or diabetes.
- Pale gums
Healthy gums will have a nice pink shade to them and they should not cause you any pain. If your gums have turned pale and sore, then it could indicate that you are anaemic. Another common oral symptom of anaemia is a swollen tongue.
Take Care of Your Health by Visiting Your Edmonton Dental Clinic
If you notice any of the signs and symptoms above, then make sure that you get your mouth checked out by an experienced Edmonton dentist. At Azarko Dental Group we can let you know what is causing the problem, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from happening again. We encourage you to make an appointment at one of our two Edmonton dental clinics today.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8
969 James Mowatt Trail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4