When your eyes have dark circles, maybe it is time to check with an endocrinologist; when your lips are too dark perhaps you are struggling with a bacterial allergy; but what about warning signs that our teeth give us?
If your teeth look and feel worn out, flat and on top of that you are struggling with daytime headaches, you are most probably putting up with a great deal of stress. All those flat feeling and looking teeth and headaches are probably the cause of teeth grinding at night.
You are not aware of your grinding because you do that while sleeping, so if you struggle with all these symptoms, it is definitely time to visit your dentist for a solution. There are many custom tailored night mouth guards available that you can wear, and which will help put a stop to grinding your teeth.
Teeth which seem to crumble or crack easily-sometimes the teeth look almost translucent and very frail. If this is the case, you are probably putting up with GERD (Gastro esophageal reflux).
You teeth look and feel that way because the acid reflux from your stomach is slowly corroding the natural structure of your teeth. Don’t be mistaken that crumbling teeth, and eroding teeth are a natural sign of aging- because they are not.
Also, if a much younger person (under 20 for example) is dealing with chipping or cracking teeth, this is most probably the sign of bulimia, which is an eating disorder where the person performs self-provoked vomiting before even digestion occurs. The acids that are coming into the moth from the stomach will generally cause disintegration of the natural enamel of the tooth.
Open sores within the mouth that persist more than 2-3 weeks- this can be a clear sign of oral cancer. Sores within the mouth can occur accidentally (such as biting the inner cheek or irritating the gums with hard food), but these sores should go away after two weeks at the most.
Injuring accidentally our oral tissue is common, but if you notice sores that have a whitish or dark reddish coloration, you should immediately go for an oral cancer screening. You need to rule out the possibility of cancer, and this is why it is so important to pay attention to the sores healing too slowly within the mouth.
Gums that are growing over the teeth- certain drugs can have as side effect the growth of gums to such an extent that these will cover a bigger portion of the teeth. If you are taking seizure medication, or drugs to control your heart problems, you should immediately let your doctor know about the problem.
Most often, doctors will reduce the dosage of the respective medication, in order to avoid such unpleasant side effects. The gum overgrowth can be treated through gingivoplasty, and then everything returns back to normal.
Constant feeling of dry mouth- if you are feeling constantly that your mouth is dry even after having plenty of water, you need to pay attention to the following:
- give up smoking — it is causing dry mouth which is unhealthy
- check the side effects of the medications you are taking — several drugs do list as main side effect the dry mouth syndrome: incontinence drugs, anti anxiety medication, muscle relaxation drugs or even antihistamines
- dry mouth is the main symptom of two very severe autoimmune complications: Diabetes or Sjogren’s Syndrome. Make sure to ask your GP for further investigations, especially if the dry mouth symptom persists and you cannot find an explanation