What your mouth reveals about your health

Dry mouth, bad breath and cracked teeth are all indicators of something wrong going on in your body. Let’s see what various symptoms reveal about your health.

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If your teeth are cracked…

… it is possible that you are suffering from bruxism, that is, you grind your teeth during your sleep. The movement of the maxillaries can be so pronounced that the teeth become easily breakable. The main cause for bruxism is stress; to get rid of this bad involuntary habit, therefore, you need to learn how to relax. You can also ask your dentist to recommend you a special retaining device you can wear during sleep.

If your breath smells bad…

… the main cause may be a deficient dental hygiene; however, if you clean your teeth the right way, the reason for bad breath may be something else such as digestive problems or even type 2 diabetes.

If your gums are pale…

… it Is possible that you suffer from anemia, that is, a lack of iron. Other symptoms that accompany anemia are tiredness, pale skin, a rapid pulse and insomnia. If you think it is possible that you have anemia, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

If you have a metallic taste in the mouth…

… this can mean zinc deficiency; zinc is an essential mineral that is responsible for an optimal functioning of the tasting buds. See your doctor for a clear diagnostic and an appropriate treatment.

If your tongue is yellow or white…

… it is possible that you are suffering from a bacterial or fungal infection, such as oral candidiasis. Fortunately, this infection is easy to treat.

If you have mouth sores…

… you actually shouldn’t worry. These sores heal in about a week without any treatment. They can be caused by overly acidic food such as oranges and tomatoes.

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