What is Your Mouth Health Trying to Tell You?
The condition of your dental health is a great indicator of the condition of your overall health. If something doesn’t feel right with your teeth, tongue, or mouth, it might be an indicator of something more serious.
Pale Tongue: If your tongue is more pale than the usual pinkish red, it might be an indicator that you have iron-deficiency anemia. Iron helps keep your body healthy and gives you energy. Without it, your red blood cells lose their color. To keep your iron high, eat leafy greens, meat, and seafood. Iron supplements are also an option, but visit your doctor before doing so to take a diagnostic blood test.
Thick, Stringy Saliva: Thicker saliva can be a symptom of dry mouth, also known as xerostomia. Dry mouth can be caused by over the counter prescriptions (allergy, pain, and cold medications) that, as a side effect, changes how much water enters and exits cells. Dry mouth can lead to more serious problems too, such as tooth decay and gum disease. To alleviate dry mouth, try chewing sugarless gum and drinking more water.
Red, Puffy Gums: Your gums are a great indicator of—surprise, surprise—gum disease. Gum disease can be a sign of diabetes, or if you’re pregnant, make you much more likely to deliver early. To rid yourself of puffy gums, brush every day with antimicrobial toothpaste and visit Dr. Real twice a year to make sure your teeth are in good shape.
These three parts of your mouth should be checked at least weekly. If you’re ever unsure of an issue that may arise, make an appointment with Dr. Real or your regular physician to make sure your health is okay. Both your dentist and your physician can diagnose any problems you may have as well as prescribe any medications that can help you get better. To make an appointment with Dr. Real, call (714) 525-2888.