Your mouth can reveal a lot about your health. When your body doesn’t get enough of the vitamins and nutrients that it needs to function, it can affect your oral health. If you practice good oral care but still experience bleeding gums or tooth sensitivity, your body may be low on vitamins.
Hard tissue in your body needs calcium to stay strong. Without the proper amount of calcium, your teeth will weaken, leaving them more prone to chipping and cracking. You may also experience premature tooth loss and be at a greater risk for periodontal disease.
Symptoms of vitamin B deficiency vary depending on the type of vitamin B you are low on. Symptoms may include a burning sensation of the tongue, painful cracking at the corners of the mouth, canker sores, and chronic oral yeast infections.
Too little zinc in your diet can cause numbness in the tongue, loss of taste, dry mouth, and an increased risk of gum disease. Mouth dryness may heighten the risk of tooth decay. Saliva helps break down food residue in your mouth so that it does not linger too long on your teeth. Additionally, it brings important minerals to your teeth that help keep the enamel strong. Without strong enamel, your teeth are more prone to decay and other damage.
You may experience gum tenderness and inflammation if you aren’t getting enough magnesium from your food. Extended inflammation may put pressure on tooth nerves, causing tooth pain.
Both vitamin A and K play a huge role in healing. Without them, your body will recover from wounds at a slower rate. Dental work or tooth extractions will also take longer to heal, leaving you at a greater risk of infection. The lack of either of these vitamins may also cause your gums to bleed more easily. Your gums may bleed after cleanings even if they are in great health.
Fans of swashbuckling pirate tales know that prolonged insufficient vitamin C intake causes scurvy. This condition causes gum bleeding and gingivitis, among other symptoms. You could practice great oral care and still develop gingivitis if your body does not regularly get the right amount of vitamin C.
Vitamin deficiencies are not the only conditions that may affect your mouth. Some chronic health conditions also cause oral problems that do not reflect your oral care regimen. Diabetes, for example, may heighten the risk of gum disease from imbalanced blood sugar levels. As with calcium deficiency, people suffering from liver disease may experience premature tooth loss.
Although vitamin deficiencies can cause oral problems, you should still visit a dentist rather than risk a self-diagnosis. Regular oral exams and cleanings every six months can help keep your mouth healthy and catch problems as they develop. These cleanings will allow your dentist to see if your oral health does not match your hygiene regimen.
If you have concerns about your oral health or would like to schedule a cleaning, please call 509-368-7788 for an appointment at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane.
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