7 Things Your Teeth Say About Your Health

KSBW reports:

“Some messages coming out of your mouth bypass the vocal chords. Turns out that your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues also have plenty to say -- about your overall health.”

Here are some of the signs to look for:

  1. Flat, Worn Teeth and Headache -- Sign of: Stress
  2. Many people are surprised to find out they're tooth-grinders. You might be doing it in your sleep.

  3. Cracking, Crumbling Teeth -- Sign of: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  4. Tooth erosion isn't a consequence of aging. Disintegrating teeth are usually caused by acid that's coming up from the stomach and dissolving them

  5. Sores that Won’t Go Away -- Sign of: Oral Cancer
  6. When an open sore in the mouth doesn't go away within a week or two, it always warrants showing to a dentist or doctor.

  7. Gums Growing Over Teeth -- Sign of: Medication Problems
  8. This can be caused by medication for heart disease or seizures, or drugs that suppress your immune system.

  9. Dry Mouth -- Sign of: Sjogren's Syndrome, Diabetes
  10. Many things can cause dry mouth, but a lack of sufficient saliva can also be an early warning sign of two autoimmune diseases -- Sjogren's syndrome and diabetes.

  11. White Webbing Inside Cheecks -- Sign of: Lichen Planus
  12. This mild skin disorder tends to strike both men and women between the ages 30 and 70.

  13. Crusting Dentures -- Sign of: Potential Aspiration Pneumonia
  14. Aspiration pneumonia, often caused by inhaling debris around the teeth and dentures, is a leading cause of death in older people.

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