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Your mouth is important. We use our mouths to do the talking (a lot of talking) and often than not, a smile is what makes us appear approachable.
However it can also tell us more about our health than we think. While one’s teeth may appear perfect and white, there are other knowing symptoms that could signal potential health problems.
Fortunately, there’s no serious health issues associated with a burning sensation on your tongue. The burning sensation could be a hormonal one as postmenopausal women often experience it.
However if this is not the case then the stinging sensation could be cause by your toothpaste of choice. Toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) can cause allergic reactions and irritation.
Bright Red Tongue
Unless you just enjoyed a delicious red lollipop, a bright red tongue could signal a vitamin deficiency- particularly vitamin B12 and iron.
Both Vitamin B12 and iron are used to help the formation of the tongues’ papillae – small bumps on the surface of the tongue that hold our tastebuds. This deficiency is often common in vegetarians, vegans and other individuals that don’t eat red meat. Aside from supplements, other ways to get your iron intake is by consuming dark, leafy greens and legumes.
Healthy gums vary in colour from light pink, to purple and brown. However, if your gums are pale, then there may be cause for concern.
Pale gums have been linked to anemia- a blood disorder that results from low levels of red blood cells and hemoglobin. If your pale gums are accompanied by other anemic symptoms like fatigue, then it’s important to immediately consult your doctor.
While some attribute bleeding gums to overzealous flossing, bleeding gums are actually the first sign of gum disease.
Gingivitis is caused by inflammation of the gum tissue which results from plaque buildup along the gums. Unfortunately, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis – where the gums actually recede from the teeth and create infected holes.
It’s vital to make an appointment with your dentist if you suspect that you might have gingivitis. However, if you truly are flossing too hard, the American Dental Association recommends that you lightly “guide” the floss between your teeth instead of sawing it back and forth.
Red lesions that refuse to fade are often a symptom of tongue cancer.
Aside from excessive tobacco use (cigarettes, pipes, snuff), other risk factors for tongue cancer include the HPV virus, poor dental hygiene and alcohol. Thus it is important to get the red lesions checked immediately.
Gastroesphogeal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a exacerbated form of heartburn that occurs when stomach acid leaks into the esophagus and comes up into the mouth.
Once this acid reaches the mouth, it slowly begins to erode at the enamel on your teeth, leaving them weaker.
In order to counter GERD, one would have to stay clear of certain foods and take the medication that has been prescribed.
Our oral hygiene is a direct reflection of our body’s health thus it is important to pay close attention to our mouths. Whether it’s checking your toothbrush for any interesting residue or regularly visiting your dentist, the healthier you keep your smile could be the better you protect your health.
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.
Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!