Brushing and flossing sometimes seem to be such a hassle. After all, we eat, brush our teeth, then eat again. Often when we think of our health we completely forget to value the health of our mouths. There are many dangers to this, but three major dangers of an unhealthy mouth are halitosis, gum disease, and cavities.
Halitosis – Okay, better known as bad breath, it’s bad breath taken to a whole new level. If you just can’t get rid of that bad breath, it could be a sign that something else is going on inside that mouth of yours. It could mean there is too much bad bacteria built up in your mouth, or it could be a sign that there are other health issues going on in your body. Don’t just ‘brush’ persistent bad breath off as a nuisance. Get it checked out and make sure your mouth and body are healthy.
Gum Disease – Studies show that gum disease could potentially lead to other serious health issues. It isn’t clear if other health issues are related specifically to gum disease, but here is one thing that is sure. Gum disease can lead to receding gums, which exposes the tooth root and increases the speed of tooth decay. Watch your gums to make sure they aren’t turning a pale or white color, aren’t inflamed, or that they don’t seem to be shrinking. If you have any of these symptoms, make sure you speak with your dentist. Remember to brush and floss those teeth. If you floss your teeth often and properly, there may be a little bleeding, but if your gums bleed often when you floss, it could be another sign of gingivitis (gum disease). Regular dental cleanings can help ensure your dental health by cleaning away plaque and tartar that builds up, creating an unhealthy environment for your teeth. If your dentist sees signs of gingivitis he/she will likely recommend a special mouth rinse. Make sure you use it to keep your mouth healthy.
Cavities – If your teeth are feeling extra sensitive, make sure to mention it to your dentist. Sensitive teeth could be just that, but increased sensitivity to hot or cold, especially if it is just certain teeth, could mean you have a cavity. Catching cavities when they are small is both less expensive to fix and better for your mouth. Uncared for cavities can lead to oral infections, loss of teeth, and more expensive treatments. This can also lead to other oral problems, affecting your gums and/or other teeth.
Who knew our mouths were such a command center for our health? Make sure you pay attention to what your mouth is telling you and take care not to ignore the dangers of an unhealthy mouth.
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