Health & Fitness Five things your teeth say about your general health
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It’s said that teeth say a lot about a person’s personality – but dentists say they can also forewarn of problems with general health.
Loose teeth may point to osteoporosis, pale gums can be caused by anaemia while mouth sores could be an early sign of kidney disease.
In rare cases, white patches on teeth could potentially mean HIV or cancer, though this more usually results from smoking or excess drinking.
A smile can tell so much about a person, but what about the potential health dangers it may be disguising?
Experts athave produced a list of the top five health signs that can be shown by teeth.
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Five things your teeth say about your health
Discoloured tooth enamel – eating disorders
If an eating disorder involves vomiting, stomach acids wash over teeth and can dissolve the hard enamel covering.
Changes in colour, shape, translucency or sensitivity may point to an underlying problem that can lead to extensive decay and tooth loss over time.
White patches - HIV
More commonly these can be a sign of oral thrush.
People with normal immunity don’t usually develop this condition – unless they’re denture wearers.
However, as HIV weakens the immune system, sufferers become more susceptible to thrush and other infections.
A dry mouth is another oral indicator of HIV.
Blood tests at your dental surgery can help provide answers.
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DR PAUL WOODHOUSE: Frustrated, let down and angry - that's how I felt reading the news this week that some NHS patients may have to wait for up to three years to see a dentist. The NHS dental system was once something to be proud of, but now it is in full-scale crisis, a shadow of its former self.This week's report by Healthwatch England found that even emergency cases can face a six-week wait. Let's not forget that these people may have pain arising from an abscess, an infection or a broken tooth — some of the most excruciating sources of pain it's possible to have.
Pale gums – anaemia
Pale gums can be caused by anaemia, commonly due to an iron deficiency.
Pregnancy, menopause, chemotherapy and heavy menstruation can cause a shortage of blood iron.
Some colour variations exist naturally between individuals, but swollen, ulcerative or painful gums may indicate something more serious, such as cancer or gastrointestinal ulcers.
A dentist can determine if there are any underlying systemic causes.
Wobbly teeth – osteoporosis
The bone around your teeth provides the foundation that supports them.
Teeth that move more than average could provide an early clue to osteoporosis.
This progressive condition can be difficult to detect at home.
Dentists and hygienists, on the other hand, can use a bone density test if they suspect osteoporosis.
Tooth loss - kidney disease
Diabetes is a major cause of chronic kidney disease, which can cause mouth sores, changes in taste and a dry mouth.
When the mouth dries out, its acidity increases, and the low pH may result in aggressive tooth decay and eventual tooth loss.
Some research also shows that patients with gum disease have an increased risk of kidney disease, another two-way relationship between oral and systemic health.
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