Your mouth doesn’t get enough credit. It helps you make a first impression; it lets you show affection to significant others; it rips your food into tiny pieces so you don’t choke. You can (usually) control what comes out of your mouth, too. But what about the things your mouth itself says about your oral health without you knowing?
Your mouth, teeth, and gums, like the rest of your body, are a good indicator of health status, and they are constantly saying things about it, whether you like it or not.
Oral Health Issues
The inside of your mouth is filled with bacteria, but that’s a good thing and a bad thing, so don’t run to the mouthwash just yet.
Like the digestive system, there is a delicate balance of bacteria in the mouth, and Harvard Medical School explains it’s an imbalance of good and bad bacteria that causes problems with oral health.
One of the most common issues in the mouth is gum disease, formally known as periodontal disease.
This is inflammation of the gums for any number of reasons, but this inflammation can destroy tissue and eventually lead to tooth loss.
While poor dental hygiene and a diet high in sugar can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, there are other oral health conditions that have been linked to the teeth and gums, and they shouldn’t be ignored.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) note that disease of the teeth and gums can be a clue someone is diabetic.
Diabetes is a condition that has to do with an excess of sugar in the body, and that means someone with diabetes also has too much sugar in their saliva. High levels of sugar in the mouth allow harmful bacteria to overgrow, promoting the development of plaque and tooth decay.
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