7 Things Your Mouth Says About Your Health

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

Find out which oral-health symptoms you should pay close attention to and why.

1. Erectile Dysfunction

 
 

Erectile Dysfunction: Gum disease can be a cause for Erectile Dysfunction(ED) in men. Impaired blood flow is a primary reason for ED in your body. The bacteria from your teeth can damage your blood vessels by seeping into your blood.

2. Diabetes

Diabetes: Periodontal disease that are characterized by bleeding gums and small abscesses in your gums are a warning sign for diabetes.

3. Parkinson’s Disease

 
 

Parkinson’s Disease: The saliva you produce is responsible for keeping your mouth clean. Producing less saliva can degenerate your oral hygiene. Parkinson’s disease can be a cause for dry mouth.

4. Anemia

Anemia: Deficiency of red blood cells in your body can cause Anemia. One of the side effects of anemia is pale colored tongue due to lack of hemoglobin as well.

5. Heart Disease

Heart Disease: Bacteria causing gum diseases like periodontitis can also travel to your heart and be an added reason for coronary heart disease. 

6. Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease: One of the indications of gluten intolerance is canker sore. Gluten intolerance is also known as celiac disease​ ​where the lining of the small intestine is damaged by the proteins​ ​(gluten) found in wheat, rye, and barley and result in poor absorption of nutrients. 

7. Reflux Disorder

Reflux Disorder: Due to the constant back-flow of stomach acid into the mouth, erosion of enamel will be noticed on the inner side of the upper molars and lower anterior teeth. Thus, it is a clue to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It may even lead to esophageal cancer by causing erosion of the esophagus. So, let your doctor know if your dentist sees possible signs of reflux.

 

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