The Woodlands and Houston, TX
Your smile may be saying more about you than just, “I’m happy.” It could also be saying “I’m healthy,” or “I’m sick.” If your teeth and gums are suffering, it may be the result of other health conditions, or it may ultimately cause you to develop very serious health conditions.
This page highlights some of the important signs of health problems that show up in your teeth and mouth. The best way to learn what your teeth are saying about your overall health is to talk to your doctor or schedule an appointment with a general dentist. Please call (281) 367-5559 or contact Woodlands Dentistry in Houston today to schedule an appointment.
Teeth and Stress
Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth may be a sign of stress. Stress can negatively impact your health overall. Stress increases cortisol levels, which in turn can contribute to heart problems or immune system problems.
On the other hand, worn teeth may be a sign of a poor bite that is putting undue force on these teeth. If you see signs of tooth wear, a neuromuscular dentistry evaluation may be able to help you determine whether stress or a bad bite is the cause.
Smoking can be very hard on your heart, blood vessels, and lungs, ultimately resulting in death by cardiovascular disease or cancer. Some smokers who perpetually tell themselves they are quitting or cutting back are unaware of how much they truly smoke. Your teeth, however, tell the true story, and may be a warning. If you need teeth whitening at very short intervals, it may be time to consider really quitting to protect your heart and lungs.
Gum disease, which you can identify by red, swollen, or bleeding gums, is more than just a problem for your mouth and teeth. Although it is the leading cause of tooth loss, its effects go far beyond the mouth.
Bacteria that cause gum disease use bleeding gums as an entryway into your bloodstream. Once in your blood, they can attack many parts of your body. Gum disease has been correlated with many health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Secondary infections
- Pregnancy complications
Research has not yet established the exact causal relationship between these health conditions and gum disease, but we do know there is a connection.
Protect Your Health
Don’t let potentially dangerous health conditions go unaddressed. Having your oral health evaluated and properly treated by a general dentist can go a long way toward improving your overall health. If you keep your teeth healthy, you are much more likely to live a longer, healthier life.
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