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7 Things Your Dentist Knows When You Open Your Mouth

November 5, 2015
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann
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Ever think it’s kind of weird that your dentist or hygienist asks you questions while your mouth is wide open? Maybe they don’t need to hear your answer–they could already know it by looking at your teeth. Here are a few things your dentist knows about you without you having to tell them.

1. You could have diabetes
Those diagnosed or undiagnosed with diabetes can have an increased risk when it comes to their oral health. Some common oral health symptoms of diabetes are gum disease, dry mouth, thrush (a fungal infection), taste impairment, and tooth decay.

Its recommended that those diagnosed with diabetes brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. If there are any concerns about your oral health, contact your dentist with questions.

2. You’re not getting enough vitamins
Vitamins aren’t just good for the rest of the body, they’re great for your mouth too. Loose teeth might be a sign that you’re calcium deficient. Loss of taste or dry mouth could mean you are deficient in zinc or vitamin B12. Mouth infections or a lowered immune system could be signs of a vitamin A or C deficiency.

A balanced diet can won’t just boost your overall health, but also your oral health.

3. You bite your fingernails
When you’re stressed, do you tend to bite your nails? Your dentist can tell. Oral symptoms of a nail biter are cracked, chipped, or worn down front teeth, and bruxism (flat tooth tips, worn off tooth enamel, and jaw popping/clicking to name a few).

Your dentist can teach you some easy techniques to help you break the habit of nail biting. But extreme cases can be advised to use a mouth guard.

4. You’re pregnant
When you’re pregnant, the increase of hormones might cause your gum tissues to over react to plaque. That sticky, colorless film on your teeth is plaque. If not removed daily, it can harden into tarter and increase your risk of gingivitis.

Plaque is easy to control by keeping your teeth clean by brushing, flossing and using a mouth wash. If brushing your teeth aggravates your morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water, or with an antiplaque and fluoride mouthwash.

5. You have a sinus infection
Ever have a tooth pain in your upper teeth and think you had a cavity? It might be your sinuses. Your teeth’s neighbor, the sinuses, can mimic a toothache when irritated or infected.

If you consult your dentist about your toothache, he or she will be able to determine if it is indeed a tooth or your sinuses.

6. You love to drink soda
Drinks high in acidity can cause a lot of tooth erosion when consumed daily. Beverage culprits of being highly acidic are carbonated beverages, fruit juices, and sports drinks. Some signs of dental erosion include color changes in teeth, and sensitivity.

7. You’re still sucking your thumb
Many children start this habit in the womb. Its a position of comfort. However as a child gets older, thumb sucking can cause the bottom teeth to become crowded because it tilts them backward. And then the front teeth are inclined forward.

Until the age of 6, thumb sucking does very little or no damage to one’s oral health. However, if it continues after that, it may start to do damage.

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