They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. In the same vein, the mouth is like the window to the rest of the body. This is because certain habits and health issues that may have nothing to do with your mouth can show up at your next visit with your dentist in Selden. Although it might sound creepy, it’s actually beneficial, as your dentist can assist you with treating health problems before they worsen. Here are 5 things your dentist can figure out just by looking in your mouth.
1. Whether You Floss on a Regular Basis
Most of us have lied to the dentist by telling him or her that we floss all the time, when the only time we flossed recently was right before the appointment. Your dentist can tell when you don’t floss because you will likely have built-up plaque called tartar in between your teeth. Additionally, when you floss for the first time in a while, it irritates your gums and makes them bright red. Even people who aren’t dentists can see that a mile away.
2. If You Bite Your Nails
Your dentist won’t have to even glance at your hands to know you bite your nails. People who engage in this terrible habit typically have uneven front teeth and chips or cracks in their enamel. By quitting this habit, your nails and your teeth will thank you.
3. If You’re Pregnant
Pregnant women will often develop gingivitis dur to an increase in progesterone, which causes bacteria to accumulate. Hopefully you will already know you’re pregnant, so it won’t be too much of a shock if your dentist figures out the news before you do!
4. If You Have a Vitamin Deficiency
If you’re low on certain vitamins, it shows up in your mouth. Increased risk of bacterial infection, bleeding gums, burning tongue syndrome, and a slower healing time are all signs that you may not be getting enough of certain vitamins. Ask your dentist to suggest vitamin-rich foods to add to your diet.
5. Whether You Have a Sinus Infection
Many people call their dentist about a toothache, thinking they need a root canal. However, sometimes this pain is not even located in the teeth at all. The bottom parts of your sinuses are positioned in the same area as the roots of your upper teeth. Pressure is a common symptom of both sinus infections and toothaches. Your dentist can determine what the root of the problem is.
Your dentist can help diagnose and treat problems besides just what’s in your mouth. This is why you should never skip your biannual checkups.
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino has been practicing in Selden, NY for more than three decades. He is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, and a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and the Suffolk County Dental Society. To learn more about how he can help diagnose oral and general health problems, click here or call (631)-698-9400.