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March 9th, 2020

Things Your Mouth may be Telling You

Conversations come easy to you and you are always the first one to give your opinion on any subject. You believe in free speech and engage regularly in social situations. Simply put, you love to talk but have you ever listened to what your mouth may be saying to you? Voicing your feelings happens regularly so what about those other feelings your mouth is trying to tell you? Here are some signs your oral cavity is telling you to get a health check.

Blood from Your Gums

When you brush and floss your teeth regularly you think that you will have perfect dental health. Not so. If you experience bleeding during your regular dental routine, you should visit your dentist to have it checked out. Bleeding gums can be the precursor to periodontal disease. Maybe your brushing is not doing the trick to get rid of all the bad bacteria lurking between your teeth. Your dentist will be able to give you a professional cleaning and investigate the source of the blood to rule out the beginning of gum disease.

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Foul Smelling Breath

Ewwwww, what is that smell? Have you ever noticed that people back away from you during a close conversation? Maybe it is because you have bad breath. The cause of your bad breath may just be that garlic bread you ate for lunch but if you continuously experience this problem you need to investigate why. Halitosis affects people all over the world and through most often it is just an odour issue it could be a sign of something more serious like diabetes or kidney disease, even lingering bacteria due to bronchitis. Have your dentist give you a full exam and consult with a physician to determine the cause.

Swollen Puffy Gums

Swelling is never a good sign no matter where it is coming from. If you are experiencing swollen gums periodically or regularly you need to get to a dentist. Inflamed gum tissue is a sign of gum disease. If you have it, check it out at your next dentist appointment your dentist will be able to determine if you are developing something more serious like periodontal disease or an abscessed tooth. Swelling inside your mouth may also indicate you have high blood pressure. Check with your physician to see if you have hypertension.

Jaw Pain

Having pain in your jaw is uncomfortable and can be due to a variety of issues. You could possibly have TMJ, a disorder with the joints in your facial structure. TMJ can affect the way you chew, the way you sleep and can lead to excruciating pain if left untreated. Having pain in your jaw may also be an early sign of a heart attack. Visit your dentist to get treated for any issue associated with the clicking sound that is usually a tell-tale of this issue.

Listen to what your oral cavity is telling you. Even if you are always the first one to speak up, it’s time you let your mouth say something about your health without uttering a word.

Dr. Gurshant

Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on March 9th, 2020

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