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What Your Teeth Say About Your Health

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What Your Teeth Say About Your Health

Research has shown that there is an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

But on the flip side, symptoms of disease may present in the teeth and mouth. The mouth is often used to diagnose, make a prognosis, treat or intervene on a number of diseases. Healthy gums should look pink and firm, not red and swollen–and your teeth should feel solid. If you have problems with your teeth and gums, it’s important to see a dentist, and possibly your general physician. Here is a list of some health problems that can sometimes show up in the teeth or gums.

Tooth Loss: Osteoporosis
The bone disease osteoporosis affects all the bones in your body–including your jaw bone–and can cause tooth loss. The erosion of the jawbone can result in tooth loss, mild facial deformities and pain in and around the temporomandibular joint, which connects the upper and lower jaws. Alveolar bone, the kind of bone around the roots of the teeth, is susceptible to the process of osteoporosis. It tends to erode quickly when calcium is depleted from the body.

Pale Gums: Anemia
Your mouth may be sore and pale if you’re anemic, and your tongue can become swollen and smooth. When you have anemia, your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells, or your red blood cells don’t contain enough hemoglobin. As a result, your body doesn’t get enough oxygen. Other symptoms of anemia, according to the National Anemia Action Council, include: feeling tired, fatigued, weak, dizzy, irritable, short of breath or depressed. With anemia, you may also have pale skin, brittle nails, chest pain, a coldness in your hands or feet, or an irregular heartbeat. Some people with anemia also have a desire to eat ice or other peculiar things.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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10:12AM PST on Nov 10, 2014

thanks you for the information.

2:48PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

Its years ago since I started thinking about the dangers of mercury amalgam fillings. I wrote a song about it and when I sing it nowadays and ask people who have mercury amalgam fillings the young people mostly are free of them. So campaigning does work. I had most of the mercury removed from my mouth and am now feeling healthier than ever, although I still take selenium if I eat fish. I also do a lot of meditating and the latest practise I love is G.A.B.E. Good health to all. love Jane

7:58AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

10:37AM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Just had a great check-up. Good informative article, amazing how the health of our teeth and gums are related to the our overall health--- all connected. Thank you.

10:35AM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Just had a great check-up. Good informative article, amazing how the health of our teeth and gums are related to the our overall health--- all connected. Thank you.

4:51PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013


Great Information....Thank you !!!!

9:02AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:03AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

good to know - very important

1:21PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Good article. Glad to see awareness of the link between oral health and general health. It has been proven over and over again via research that there is a definitive link. Thank you.

Marielaina Perrone DDS

5:31PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

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Lots of great tips from an Oral hygienist with a happy take on oral hygiene.

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