Your mouth tells a story. Dental check-ups and cleanings are two of the most important things you can do keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy. While cavities are pretty easy to spot, your dentist isn’t just looking for the obvious when they examine your mouth. “Taking a look inside your mouth can give us a good sense of what you’re doing, how you’re caring for your teeth and if there are any issues to keep an eye on,” explains Dr. Maryam Adibfar, a leading Toronto dentist. “The mouth doesn’t hide things very well.”
A talented and experienced dentist can spot issues before it’s too late and they can identify things that you might not even be aware of. So what does the mouth tell your dentist when you’re lying back in the chair? Dr. Maryam Adibfar shares how her experience and process is used to gather oral health information as she works to keep your teeth healthy.
What Your Mouth Tells Your Dentist
1. If you’re trying to fool them: Did you really think flossing right before your appointment was going to fool your dentist into believing that you floss each night? Think again! Healthy gums are easy to spot. But if you just flossed, they will likely be aggravated, cut or even bleeding. Your dentist can spot this common trick from a mile away. It’s better to come clean and learn about the benefits of flossing. You might just find yourself reaching for the floss before bed.
2. Your go-to stress relief is nail biting: There’s no need to look at your fingers to tell if you’re a nail-biter. A quick up-close look at your teeth can reveal the signs. Your teeth will often be worn, flattened or even have cracks. This is because biting your nails places a considerable amount of stress on your delicate teeth. This doesn’t just impact the look of your teeth. It can lead to sensitivity, further cracking and even pain or discomfort in the jaw.
3. You’re not getting enough vitamins: You might think you are eating healthy and getting the right nutrients. But your dentist might think differently after a quick review of your teeth and gums. Common issues associated with vitamin deficiency can be irritation of the gums, delayed healing, a sore tongue or even gums that easily bleed.
4. You’re at risk of diabetes: Diabetes is a disease that is tightly aligned to sugar levels within the body. Sudden changes or imbalances in sugar can quickly lead to a variety of oral health issues. Your gums might be swollen, bleeding or extremely sensitive. Your dentist might also notice abnormal tooth decay or a instability of saliva. Your dentist can warn you if they start to see these potential symptoms and suggest your see your doctor immediately.
5. What you’ve been drinking: Oral health issues like cracked teeth, sensitivity, cavities and decay are all very easy to spot. But your dentist might be able to pinpoint why they’re occurring. Those who drink a lot of pop, sugary beverages like juices, high sugar sports drinks or sugar alcoholic drinks are at a higher likelihood of experiencing these issues. These beverages, which are high in sugar and very acidic, can damage your teeth, weaken its structure and be a leading cause of numerous issues that aren’t easy to fix. That’s why check-ups are so important. They give your dentist a chance to spot these potential issues before it’s too late.
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