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Paying attention to health signals from your mouth

No matter your age or existing oral care routine, it’s essential that you take care of your oral health everywhere you go.

But what about when you follow the oral health guidebook but continue having problems with your teeth, gums, tongue, or mouth lining? Research studies are increasingly proving the link between your mouth and the rest of the body – and what different health signals could mean.

Of course, these signals are often related to issues your dentist can fix. Bad breath can be caused by cavities harbouring food particles, whereas an infected root canal might stem down to a recently cracked tooth. Either way, it’s always a good idea to check any oral health problems with your dentist. If they think it could be a health signal, they will recommend you book an appointment with your GP.

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Gum disease: a potential health signal

Everyone is susceptible to gum disease, especially when they don’t prioritise their oral health. However, those with diabetes are still more at risk of developing gum disease (and vice versa), even after following a strict oral care regime.

Why? Because gum disease and infection tend to increase your blood sugar levels – a big issue among those diagnosed with diabetes.

Whether you have diabetes or not, the littli electric toothbrush is a great choice for keeping your teeth, mouth, and gums in the best possible condition. It’s portable too, meaning you can enjoy powerful cleaning and take care of your oral health everywhere!

Pale blue lips, mouth lining, and tongue

We all feel a little blue on winter days... but does your mouth region ever turn a pale shade of blue – even when the weather outside isn’t too cold? If so, this might be a health signal for various issues, such as poor circulation or anaemia.

Of course, it might be the weather, but it’s always worth booking a doctor’s appointment to double-check.

Unhealed mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers can be caused by various factors, from defective fillings to stress and anxiety. However, if you have a mouth ulcer that won’t seem to go away, it could be a health signal for something much more serious: oral cancer.

By attending regular dentist appointments, your dentist can pick up on any early signs of oral cancer. All the more reason to book your twice-yearly appointments – even if you dread them!

Inflamed gums in women

Did you know? One of the most telling health signals that a woman is pregnant is swollen gums!

Some women face sore, swollen gums during pregnancy as a result of hormonal changes, also known as pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease. Don’t worry though, as your dentist can offer the correct treatment – without doing any harm to the growing foetus.

Alternatively, inflamed gums in men and non-pregnant women can also be managed by a combination of expert dental care and a rigorous oral care routine. Try the portable littli electric toothbrush and start seeing the difference in your gum health within weeks!

Thanks for reading our most recent article on health signals from your mouth. The littli team always recommend brushing your teeth twice a day using the portable littli electric toothbrush for powerful cleaning, followed by flossing. If any oral care issues remain, make sure to schedule an appointment with your GP or dentist.

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