Your teeth and gums themselves can’t talk, but they could be trying to tell you something very important about your health. Jennifer Harvey has taken a detour from the dentist for years, and what happened is diseased, decayed teeth. “My gums were just bleeding all the time,” Harvey recalled.
Dr. Larry Lieberman, a dentist in Palm Harbor, Florida, said more than 800,000 visits a year to the emergency room are because of teeth troubles. “It’s very difficult to handle all the emergencies,” Lieberman said. And those emergencies could be more than just in your mouth. Did you know white, yellow or brown spots and grooves on the tooth surface could be a sign of celiac disease? Pain in your top teeth could be a sign of a sinus infection.
Canker sales are a tell-tale sign of allergies you may not know you have. If your mouth tastes like you’ve been licking an aluminum can, it could be trying to tell you you need more zinc. Swollen white nodes toward the back of your tongue could indicate HPV, and a bluish color on your tongue may be a sign of oral cancer. Harvey’s problems turned out to be gum disease.
Now, she’s upped her dental game, brushing and flossing twice daily. She stays away from chewy foods and orange juice. Soda is totally out. “If you put a tooth in soda, you’re going to see it dissolves within several days,” Lieberman said. Now that her teeth are better, Harvey doesn’t mind a day with the dentist. “It’s so much easier to come here now,” she said. Lieberman advises his patients to take CoQ10. He said it helps teeth and all cells of the body work better.
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