It may seem like a stretch, but it’s true, our mouths are often a clear indicator of our health. Dentistry is more than dealing with cavities and plaque build-up. Dentists can tell a variety of issues and ailments just by one glance into your mouth and at your teeth and gums.
Going to the dentist may not be the most fun thing to do in the world, but it is important not only for your teeth, but for your overall health as well. When you go into the dentist, it isn’t just to say “AHH” and for a teeth cleaning. Your dentist is your tour guide for good oral hygiene. Here is what your dentist can discover just by inspecting your mouth:
1. You are not flossing enough: Your dentist can tell if you flossed only just before your appointment. Those who floss regularly, their gums won’t appear cut up or inflamed.
2. You have oral cancer: There are patterns and signs that oral cancer is present in your mouth. Dentists can tell by seeing signs of bleeding, red and white patches, bumps, and eroded gums.
3. You are a nail bitter: Without even looking at your hands your dentist can tell that you bite your nails. Damage to teeth on people who bite their nails is usually from the teeth’s collisions rather than from the nails themselves. Your teeth can also become uneven and your jaw can start to ache if you are a frequent biter.
4. You have a vitamin deficiency: Vitamin deficiencies can cause a variety of oral problems, including a burning tongue, increased infections and delayed wound healing, bone infections, and easy-bleeding gums. Iron deficiencies often manifest in the mouth with many of these symptoms.
One of the best ways to avoid bad news from the dentist is to commit to regular dental checkups once, or preferably twice, per year. If you would like to learn more about what a dentist can tell you, call Dedicated Dental at (702) 566-5509 to request an appointment or request an appointment online.