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7 Health Warnings From Our Teeth

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1. Flat or worn teeth paired with headaches are a sign of too much stress!

If the bottoms of your molars feel a little flat, you could be a chronic teeth grinder while you sleep. Dental experts believe crunchiing and grinding teeth during sleep is a sign of emotional or psychological stress. Headaches are caused by spasms in the muscles doing the grinding.

Use a mouth guards at night to relieve the symptoms and protect teeth.

2. Cracking and crumbling teeth can be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Disintegrating teeth can come with old age after enamel becomes thin and translucent, but the symptom could also be a sign that stomach acid is coming up into the mouth to do the damage.

GERD is a chronic condition that causes stomach acid to back up into the esophagus — and from there, it’s a short distance to the mouth for some of the damaging acid.

Cracked, chipped teeth in a younger person are also a sign of bullima, which similarly leads to stomach acid washing into the mouth and disintegrating tooth enamel.

3. Persistent mouth sores that won't go away could be a sign of oral cancer.

Ulcers and mouth sores appearing on our sensitive tissue, sometimes from a bite or a scratch, is not uncommon. However, if these sores do not disappear within a week or two, they may warrant a trip to the doctors office because they could be a sign of oral cancer.

Although smokers are six times more likely to develop the disease, non-smokers aren't excluded. In fact, one in four oral cancers develop in non-smokers.

4. Gums growing over teeth could be a sign of an incorrect dosage of medication.

Certain drugs can stimulate the growth of gum tissue, so if you notice it growing over your teeth, you may need to talk your doctor about readjusting the dosage.

5. Dry mouth may be a sign of Sjogren's syndrome and diabetes!

Dry mouth isn't uncommon and is often a listed side effect of prescription medications, but more seriously, a lack of sufficient saliva is an early warning of both Sjorgen's syndrome and diabetes.

Sjorgen's causes the white blood cells of the body attack their moisture-producing glands to create dry mouth and dry eyes. Because its symptoms mimic other diseases like diabetes, it can take years for doctors to properly diagnose.

6. White webbing inside your cheeks may be a sign of a skin disease called lichen planus.

The cause of the skin disease is unknown, but lichen planus has been known to affect both men and women between the ages 30 and 70. The mild disorder will appear as a whitish, lacy pattern on the insides of the cheeks before it appears anywhere else on the body because mucus membranes in the mouth are the first to be affected.

7. Crusting dentures may be a sign of aspiration pneumonia.

Since a leading cause of death in the elderly population is aspiration pneumonia, it's important properly clean dentures.

Inhaling debris around the dentures can cause a crusty material to develop and a dangerous inflammation in the lungs may occur as a result. To avoid the deadly risk, always remove dentures from the mouth for proper cleaning with a special brush, then overnight storage in a cleansing solution.

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