Here’s What Your Mouth Really Says About Your Health

You can learn a lot just by opening your mouth.


Women's Health |

Did you know that more than 120 health conditions can be identified through your mouth. Dental talk: yawn, right? Maybe not – oral health just got a whole lot more interesting, thanks to research showing that what goes on around your teeth can directly reflect what’s happening elsewhere in your body, from your brain all the way down to your private parts.

Here, courtesy of Fedhealth, is the info you need.

Stroke

Dental X-rays can reveal blockages in the carotid arteries of the neck and head. These blockages can increase your risk of having a stroke.

Eating Disorders

Anorexia or bulimia often cause redness and changes to the tooth enamel, both brought on by vomiting and stomach acid.

Diabetes A

“fruity” odour, dry mouth, infections, rapid tooth decay or a burning tongue could all be signs of diabetes.

Anaemia

Sensitive teeth, worn tooth enamel, strong breath and a rounded face caused by swollen glands can be signs of anaemia.

Kidney Disease

A dry or ulcerated mouth and metallic taste often stem from kidney disease.

Oral Cancer

Tumours or lesions in the mouth could be symptoms.

Oral Thrush

Yes, you can get a yeast infection in your mouth! Look out for a white coating on the throat and tongue.

Looking for more on oral health? Here’s what you really need to know about those mouth sores, and follow these four pro tips if you want to kiss chapped lips goodbye. 

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