Warning Signs in Mouth that can Save Lives

Nearly, 9 out of 10 diseases can cause symptoms in your mouth. When caring for your gums and teeth, its also important to watch for new problems that arise in your mouth. They may be warning signs of more serious diseases in your body. Symptoms to look out for are as follows:

Sore and bleeding gums: Gums that bleed and ache may be due to the result of gum disease that is getting worse. This condition is more severe in people with diabetes, which reduces the body’s immune resistance to infection. This put your gums at risk for inflammation due to the bacteria that live in plaque. Other oral signs that occur with diabetes are:

  • Oral fungal infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Bad breath

Jaw and mouth pain: Along with symptoms such as cold sores, mouth and jaw pain are often the signs of stress. Stress may contribute to number of mental and physical disorders. Its also crucial to know that discomfort or pain in the jaw can also indicate that you are having a heart attack.

Lost or loose teeth: Teeth that fall or move out is a sign of advanced gum disease. Tooth loss can be one of the early signs of osteoporosis, which lowers the bone density and weakens the bones. By eating a well balanced diet and getting regular physical activity, you can get diagnosed and treated before any serious conditions arise.

Bad breath: It can result from the drinks and foods you consume and from dry mouth. Also, gingivitis and gum disease can also contribute to the recurrence of bad breath.
Beyond your gums and teeth, bad breath that endure can result from certain underlying problems that require medical attention. The conditions may include:

  • Chronic lung infection
  • Sinus infections
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Changes in enamel and tooth surfaces: Translucent and erosion of tooth enamel are signs of  acid reflux or eating disorder. Sometimes, excessive vomiting can also lead to other oral health issues such as:
Loss of tooth enamel

  • Dry mouth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Dry and cracked lips
  • Swollen salivary glands

Mouth sores, lumps or patches: Unusual patches and sores in the mouth having the sign of yellowish or white canker sore can be the result of a normal oral fungal infection or something more serious.
Signs that indicate that you may have oral cancer include:

  • Rough areas or hard spots
  • Numbness
  • Bleeding sores
  • Discolored tissue
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together
  • Irregular tissue or lumps in the mouth, neck and cheeks

Oral cancer is not that you try to diagnose on your own. If you see any of these signs, be sure to visit the dentist, who can refer to the appropriate specialists for treatment if needed.


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