Symptoms at First Sight: What Your Teeth and Gums Reveal

Oral Care in MeridianYou might think you can hide your poor dental habits from your dentists. Well, you better think again. A mere look at your teeth and gums may reveal everything.

David Silverstrom, D.D.S. refers to the mouth as the window to the body. When you have your next dental visit in Meridian, you won’t even need to say a word to your dentist.

1. They know if you flossed once — and only before your consultation.

No, you cannot fool your dentist into believing you floss every day just by doing it the morning or the night before your visit. Timothy Stirneman, D.D.S. explains the gums of patients who only floss before a check-up look damaged or are bleeding, as they probably overdid it to make up for lost time. He says healthy gums look tight and pink.

2. They know if you bite your nails.

Your dentist knows if you bite your nails even if they don’t see your hands. Keith Arbeitman, D.D.S. describes your teeth as having cracking and chips, and wear and tear if you bite your nails. This bad habit is one reason for uneven teeth, jaw discomfort, and pain. Patients who use their front teeth to bite their nails commonly have flat, leveled-off front teeth.

3. They may know if you have kidney failure, bronchitis, or reflux.

Dr. Abeitman says general bad breath is categorized as halitosis, but dentists recognize “fishy” or “fruity” smells that mean different things.

If you have fruity breath, it means you’re suffering from uncontrolled diabetes or are going through unhealthy dietary fasting. Fishy breath, on the other hand, might indicate that you have liver or kidney failure. If a person has really foul smelling breath, he might have tonsil stone, bronchitis, abscess, or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).

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In a regular examination, your dentist may identify if you have diseases, vitamin deficiency, or oral cancer. They may also know your bad routines and favorite drinks. Your dentist is your best friend when it comes to oral hygiene, so it’s best not to lie to them. After all, they have your best interest at heart.