What Your Mouth Says about Your Health

What Your Mouth Says about Your Health

Did you know that your smile says a lot about your physical health? Even if your teeth are seemingly healthy, easily overlooked symptoms could indicate more serious problems.

Bleeding gums are a common dental health problem that can indicate the presence of gum disease. They can also indicate hormonal imbalances. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause can all trigger hormonal fluctuations that can trigger sensitive gums that bleed easily. Close attention to dental hygiene can help reduce the irritation associated with hormones. Because gum disease is also associated with cardiovascular disease, any unexplained bleeding should be checked out by our dentist in Los Angeles.

Excessively worn teeth or teeth that fracture easily can be signs of GERD. GERD is a digestive disorder that allows acid to back up into the mouth where it erodes the enamel from your teeth and leaves them more vulnerable to damage and decay. Teeth grinding can also trigger dental damage and erosion, which is why it is important to talk to our dentist about any tooth abnormalities you notice and have the underlying condition treated.

Chronic bad breath can also indicate the presence of a stomach problem. You may have liver or kidney problems, or your breath may be a sign of diabetes. Bad breath can also be caused by poor dental hygiene habits or gum disease, both of which are highly treatable.

Give our office a call today to learn more about how your dental health is linked to your overall health or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.