5 Things Your Smile Says About Your Overall Health

Have you ever heard the expression that a picture is worth 1000 words? Well, the reason for this must be the amazing smiles that make up a great picture.

Your smile says a lot about you such as if you are a kind person, if you take care of yourself, and according to Dentistry Today even if your health is at risk. With the help of Express Dentist, we are going to reveal the potential health dangers that are hiding behind your smile.

So if you want to find out what your teeth might be saying about your health this is the blog for you.

What are the health issues that your smile can reveal about you?

1. Osteoporosis and tooth loss

Osteoporos is is a disease that causes your bones to weaken to the point that they break easily. It is known as the silent disease because it’s not commonly noticed until your bone breaks, but the disease starts many tears earlier and can lead to tooth loss.

As the bone around your teeth provides a foundation that supports them it is very important to make sure you’re able to detect if that bone is weakening. This can be difficult to do at home so you should see your dentist as they’d be the first to notice a change in your bone density that’s related to osteoporosis. If your dentist detects that your teeth are moving more than usual during an exam they may suggest you see your physician for a bone density test as well.

2. Tooth Loss and Kidney Disease

Kidney disease can lead to changes in taste, mouth sores, dry mouth from xerostomia, less saliva being produced by your mouth, and much more. When your mouth becomes dry it causes acidity to increase which leads to a lower PH level and increased tooth decay or tooth loss in severe cases. Some research of patients with gum disease show how they have an increased risk of kidney disease. This shows a clear relationship between your oral health and overall health in addition to how the two are connected.

3. Oral Thrush and HIV

Oral thrush is an overgrowth of yeast in your mouth that leads to yellow or white bumps. It has symptoms like giving you a sore throat or trouble swallowing and is caused by a fungus called Candida albicans or other Candida species. People that are diagnosed with HIV tend to get oral thrush because the virus weakens their immune system according to Healthline.

This disease doesn’t typically affect patients with normal immune systems unless they wear dentures. Often a general physical or lab test and blood work will identify if you are at risk for this condition.

4. Eating disorders and your tooth enamel

This is a common thing that your smile can tell you in 2022. When a potential eating disorder involves vomiting the stomach acids that form can cause tooth decay by weakening the hard enamel covering your teeth. It is easy to catch because of the changes in colour, shape, sensitivity, and translucency that your teeth may undertake. These symptoms are massive indicators of the extensive decay and tooth loss that may occur in the long term.

5. Anemia and Pale Gums

Anemia is a condition where you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to your body’s tissues including your teeth tissues. An indicator that you may have Anemia is if you feel tired and weak all the time. There are many variations of this condition and this is not always the case either.

Pale gums can be caused by this condition mainly because of an iron deficiency. There are colour variations that may exist as well but the main factors that cause alarm are swollen and painful gums.

There are a number of health diseases that can be prevented or caused depending on the quality of your Oral Health. April is oral health month and our dental clinic encourages that you focus on your oral health each day.

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