What Your Mouth Says About Your Health

5 Major Warning Signs Regarding Your Health

When it comes to great storytelling, especially in suspenseful tales, a key component used is foreshadowing. Essentially, foreshadowing is hinting and leaving clues about something else that will occur in the future.

While that is great in our fun, fiction stories, there are foreshadowing elements in real life, too.

Did you know that your mouth is a fantastic indicator of what your overall health is like? 

Mouth Health | Oral Hygiene and Warning Signs

If you have bad breath and mouth ulcers, those could be foreshadowing that you may have a more serious underlying health problems going on that you should know about. 

While your dentist should tell you if they notice any warning signs, you should always take your health in your own hands. 

Check out our list of warning signs here to see if you might be suspect to any of these oral health symptoms!

 

Article Table of Contents

  1. Halitosis
  2. Dry Mouth
  3. Mouth Ulcers
  4. Sore and Bleeding Gums
  5. Flat or Eroded Teeth

1. Halitosis

You might think the worst side effect of bad breath is scaring your date away. However, that’s not entirely true. 

To know if your bad breath is a sign of something worse to come, try the following for a few weeks:

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Brushing your tongue
  • Flossing

If you still have halitosis, there could be something more serious going on in another part of your body. 

Halitosis could be indicative of the following:

  • Stomach disorders
  • Indigestion
  • Liver disease

For more information on eliminating bad breath, click here. 

2. Dry Mouth.

A dry mouth doesn’t just mean you’re dehydrated from heat, alcohol, smoking, or whatever other reason. 

Believe it or not, diabetes is linked to a lack of sufficient saliva. The salivary gland's blood vessels tend to thicken and slow down the production of saliva.

Other early symptoms of diabetes include a tingling sensation in the hands and feet, frequent urination, and blurred vision. 

If you are feeling more than one of these symptoms, you might want to see your doctor.

3. Mouth Ulcers.

Especially if a mouth sore won’t go away with two weeks, or keeps turning up in the same spot, you should pay it some attention and see a dentist. 

Mouth ulcers are quite common, but normal ones should disappear within a few days. 

We get mouth ulcers when our immune systems get run down.  But if they linger, check out your mouth sore in a mirror. 

Is it very raised? Numb?  Have a red or white border?  Bleeding? 

Then you might want to get it checked. For oral cancer facts, click here

 

4. Sore and Bleeding Gums

You’ll likely know what bleeding gums indicate -- gingivitis! 

You want to avoid this condition which basically means inflammation of the gums because if not given the proper attention it can lead to periodontitis which is gum disease -- “an infection of the tissues and bones that support teeth and hold them in place.” 

Once you are in this stage, things get ugly, and eventually your teeth could become loose and fall out. 

Be aware and don’t let this happen to you!  If you have signs of gingivitis (which many people do at some point in their lifetime), you’re probably not brushing and flossing correctly. 

Change your toothbrush every three months and floss your teeth every day. 

 

5. Flat or Eroded Teeth.

If your teeth are flat on the edges and dull looking, there’s a good chance you’re grinding your teeth at night. 

Grinding your teeth at night is typically a sign that you are under psychological or emotional stress. 

Tooth grinders are pretty recognizable by dentists, just by the texture and flatness of a patient’s teeth. 

Unfortunately, tooth grinding can cause other problems like headaches and jaw pain. 

If you’re a tooth grinder, talk to your dentist about wearing a splint while you sleep to correct the issue.

 

Take Action on These Oral Warning Signs

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Now that you know what your oral signs could be foreshadowing take preventative action against them!

You can do this by visiting and consulting with your local dentist.

If you live in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, you should visit the Top-Rated Dentist, which is Hylan Dental

Our professionals have been serving the community since 1979 and have gentle techniques that will never give you pain or discomfort.

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