Are You Brushing Twice A Day?
We all know that brushing our teeth twice a day is important for a healthy mouth. But did you know that a study published earlier this year shows that people who brush twice a day are 70%, yes you read that correctly, less likely to develop heart disease than those that didn't? Good oral hygiene is also connected to a decrease in systemic inflammation which is linked to so many diseases.
There are seven common symptoms that your dentist, and yourself, should be looking for in your mouth that might be an early indication to alert you to other illness in your body. Dr. Mercola lists them as:
- Flat, worn teeth and headache -- Sign of: StressMany people are surprised to find out they're tooth-grinders. You might be doing it in your sleep.
- Cracking, crumbling teeth -- Sign of: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)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
- Sores that won't go away -- Sign of: Oral cancerWhen an open sore in the mouth doesn't go away within a week or two, it always warrants showing to a dentist or doctor.
- Gums growing over teeth -- Sign of: Medication problemsThis can be caused by medication for heart disease or seizures, or drugs that suppress your immune system.
- Dry mouth -- Sign of: Sjogren's Syndrome and/or DiabetesMany 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.
- White webbing inside cheeks -- Sign of: Lichen planusThis mild skin disorder tends to strike both men and women between the ages 30 and 70.
- Crusting dentures -- Sign of: Potential aspiration pneumoniaAspiration pneumonia, often caused by inhaling debris around the teeth and dentures, is a leading cause of death in older people.
If you haven't seen a dentist in the past six months for a complete oral examination please check out our Internet invitation for a complimentary exam. Keeping your mouth healthy is far more important than having white teeth.