Are White Teeth the Way to Good Health?

Many things determine health. In fact, symptoms of diseases should be on the bottom of your list when guessing if something’s wrong with you or not. Studies have shown how your teeth are an indicative of impending health problems—and how the current condition of your teeth contributes to the degeneration of your body when ill.

Sometimes, it could just be a common toothache but before a toothache comes pain, serious pain—that you don’t know where it comes from—it’s just there, radiating. Not all toothaches are related to tooth decay. If left untreated or uncared for, it could cost you serious effects on your long-term well-being. Poor oral hygiene can lead you to disease sooner than you think. Coronary artery disease, dementia, and diabetes are just a few that have risks in tooth ailments. The chances of people who have a possible heart disease due to bacterial infection via tooth and bloodstream and into the heart vessels are double the rate.  

White teeth are not necessarily indicative of good health, but good gums are. White teeth can be aided by bleaching and cosmetic dentistry. Unhealthy gums are usually a sign of bacterial build-up. (Noumbissi, 2012) Gum diseases are regularly monitored to check if they would eventually be the warning signs to more severe diagnosis: mouth sores need to be tested at the risk of oral cancer, enlarged or swollen gums could mean an infection. We should indicate that validating the relationship between oral pain and general health should come with symptoms in other parts of the body. (Men’s Health) Here are a few examples:

Diabetes

An aching tooth or dry mouth are not the only basis to suspect something more pressing. Excessive thirst, frequent urination, and weight loss are “accompanied” symptoms. Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune system disease where white cells attack moisture cells such as tear and saliva-producing glands, also have similar symptoms to diabetes resulting to the two ailments being misdiagnosed.

Aspiration Pneumonia

A common case in senior patients can be a case of breathing foreign matter in the lungs (in the case, dentures) causing airway blockage and inflammation that could prove to be fatal. Oral symptoms include flaky dentures or soft material developing around them.

Oral Cancer

Be discerning of a sore that does not go away. Oral cancer affects patients, aged 60 years old and up. It’s most likely to develop in six times in smokers than in non-smokers. Sores of a carcinogenic nature often have red or white-rimmed edges that could reach the tongue area. There could also be numbness and bleeding. (Scott)

Generally speaking, clean teeth (more than white teeth) leads to a sure sign of positive health. Taking proper care of your body: cleaning it daily by taking a bath or brushing, ingesting and drinking in moderation (except water which should regularly be drinking) and exercising should give you a good head start. Various types of exercises range from the slow-paced (yoga, tai chi) to cardio (running, treadmill, elliptical machine) and intense (CrossFit, marathon, gymnastics, and circuit). Be sure to be safe and use precaution wardrobe for safety. You can wear some of the top rated CrossFit wrist wraps on the market and other powerlifting apparel for protection against injury. If you supplement it with a healthy diet, it can decrease anxiety and lead you to healthier living.