Did you wake up one day and notice something unusual with your body, especially your mouth or jaw? This can happen at any time and can be scary to a lot of people, no one likes it when something out-of-the-ordinary happens.
Whether your unusual circumstance is the result of a recent diagnosis or life event or because of an odd sensation, you may need to visit your dentist. Here are a couple of examples.
Diagnosed With Type II Diabetes
When you have diabetes and high blood sugar there are a couple of ways this can affect your teeth. The first being that high blood sugar can weaken white blood cells. When this happens it is more difficult for your body to fight off infections, this includes infections that can happen in your mouth. The other issue is that sugar levels will also be high in your saliva which can lead to a build up in bacteria and that can cause tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.
You found out you’re pregnant- congratulations! Did you know that pregnant women are more susceptible to getting cavities? This is typically because of a change in eating habits as well as changes in behavior. This can create cavity-causing bacteria that can actually be transmitted from your mouth to your babies mouth.
Pregnancy can also lead to gums bleeding easily, this is typically common but worth mentioning to your dentist at your next appointment.
Did you recently quit smoking? Way to go! Quitting smoking is not only great for your teeth and gums, it is great for your overall health as well. After you quit smoking your mouth will go through changes, in a good way. You have just decreased your chances of getting:
Regular visits after quitting will make sure your teeth are clean and help remove any tobacco build-up. Your dentist will also regularly check you for oral cancer and early detection of cancer is your best chance of beating it.
Wake up with Headaches
Do you wake up with headaches, jaw pain, a popping noise when you open and close your mouth? Maybe you have a tooth that is suddenly sensitive but there are no cavities present. There is the possibility that you are grinding teeth and/or clenching your jaw. Doing this can lead to a variety of issues in your mouth, and the areas of your body surrounding your jaw. If you are having issues make an appoint to see your dentist to determine what is causing the issue and get tips on how to fix it.
Diagnosed with Acid Reflux
Were you recently diagnosed with Acid Reflux? We know that this can be painful, but did you know that it is really bad for your teeth as well? Acid Reflux can eat away at the enamel on the inside surfaces of your teeth. It can also eat away at chewing surfaces. This can lead to tooth erosion which is unfortunately permanent.
Bad Taste In Mouth
Do you have a constant bad taste in your mouth? Maybe people are offering you mints because your breath is not the best. These can be signs of a dental issue. There is the possibility when experiencing these symptoms that you may have a cavity, a bad tooth or sometimes it can mean you have an infection.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above visit your dentist or if you have a cleaning already scheduled make sure you mention your issue(s) during your appointment. The earlier these are addressed the better chance you have of fixing any problems that occur.
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