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Teeth Talk: How our Pearly Whites Warn Us

June 19, 2012

Filed under: Dental Care — admin @ 9:09 am

What warning signs do our teeth give us?

Flat Teeth – If your teeth look and feel worn out, flat and on top of that you are struggling with daytime headaches, you are most probably putting up with a great deal of stress and may be griding your teeth at night.

GERD – Teeth which seem to crumble or crack easily-sometimes the teeth look almost translucent and very frail. If this is the case, you are probably putting up with GERD (Gastro esophageal reflux).

Bulimia – If a much younger person (under 20 for example) is dealing with chipping or cracking teeth, this is could be a sign of bulimia.  The acids that are coming into the moth from the stomach will generally cause disintegration of the natural enamel of the tooth.

Oral Cancer – Open sores within the mouth that persist more than 2-3 weeks- this can be a sign of oral cancer. Sores within the mouth can occur accidentally (such as biting the inner cheek or irritating the gums with hard food), but these sores should go away after two weeks at the most.  If you notice sores that have a whitish or dark reddish coloration, you should go for an oral cancer screening. You need to rule out the possibility of cancer, and this is why it is so important to pay attention to the sores healing too slowly within the mouth.

Drug Interactions – Gums that are growing over the teeth- certain drugs can have as side effect the growth of gums to such an extent that these will cover a bigger portion of the teeth. If you are taking seizure medication, or drugs to control your heart problems, you should immediately let your doctor know about the problem.

If you have any questions about any “talking” your teeth may be telling you, we invite you to call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design at 719-599-0700

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