Our mouths are one of the most efficient machines as there are two rows of grinders and a ton of lubrication with a mixer in between. What’s astonishing is that the tongue doesn’t get sliced while chewing and talking. Perhaps our ancestors were hounded with this problem as they were evolving.
As it’s important to keep our mouth in working condition by drinking water and brushing our teeth day and night, it’s also important to be on a lookout for nasty things that grow on our body and our mouth is there to tell us what goes wrong.
Here are 7 diseases which can be judged by inspecting your mouth.
Those good, sensible people who clean their mouths daily have about 1,000 to 10,000 bacteria on each tooth. So saliva is your body’s main defense against disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Saliva contains antibodies that attack these microbes, like the HIV.
It also contains histatins, which inhibit the growth of a fungus called Candida albicans. When these proteins are weakened by HIV, this fungus has a reason to grow in our mouths, resulting in a fungal infection known as oral thrush.
Saliva Is A Diagnostic Tool
Do you know saliva can help in detecting diseases?
Saliva contains a multitude of mysterious substances which are visible to an experts’ eye, like a doctor or a dentist. They can collect saliva to perform tests, for example, cortisol levels in saliva can tell us stress responses in newborn children. Proteins related to bone growth can be tested in men and women prone to osteoporosis and certain cancers are detectable in saliva.
Tests from saliva can also indicate the onset of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and cirrhosis in the liver.
Plaque Buildup Can Tell Us A Lot Of Things About Our Body.
Plaque is an indication that something’s wrong with our body. About 500 species of different, lively bacteria thrive in your mouth.
These bacteria constantly form plaque and raise the amount of bacteria on a tooth from 10,000 to 1 billion at the most if you don’t brush your teeth. This plaque, just like a plague cling to your teeth like an infectious pest and increase troubles.
No wonder our parents want us to brush our teeth like a good kid.
Diabetic patients can be detected by looking at their mouth. Although such people will be conscious of their mouths so you will have to be extra vigilant in the split second they open their mouth to talk.
Diabetics have less saliva, their gum folds are dry and pointing to prediabetes. Chronic gum disease may be an indication of diabetes that has spiraled out of control. This invites infections which cause insulin resistance, shooting the blood glucose levels through the roof.
Research suggests that people with gum infections are at an increased risk of heart attack. The greater the gum infection, the greater the risk of a heart attack. Bacteria in the mouth can cause inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation clogs up arteries leading to plaques and this gum disease and tooth decay can also reach the carotid artery.
So if someone faints in front of you while clutching their chest, take a peek in their mouths for gum infections to make sure they are not pulling a prank on you.
We have already indicated what happens to the bacterial population in your mouth if you don’t brush your teeth. The cozy, undisturbed environment multiplies bacteria and causes gum infections like gingivitis.
If you still refrain from brushing your teeth, gingivitis can lead to a more serious condition known as periodontitis. The worse that can happen to your mouth is known as trench mouth.
Some people who have swollen gingivitis and smoke cigarettes are quite deep in trouble. Despite teeth scaling and quitting smoking, the gingivitis recurs. The bad odor also refuses to go away.
Bacteria normally stay in your mouth and don’t trouble the rest of your body. However, brushing and flossing if you have gum infections provides a portal for microbes to invade your body. Treatments reduce saliva and antibiotics disrupt the balance of bacteria in your mouth.
Cirrhosis Of The Liver
Patients suffering from gingivitis go through decay and loss of attachment of teeth. But it was found out in a study that patients with cirrhosis have a higher degree of gingival inflammation. They also show greater loss of attachment of teeth in 3 years, as well as more plaque and other infection.
Experts suggest that this intensification of gingivitis is due to a neglect in teeth care and as a result their cirrhosis aggravates. We suspect such people did not brush their teeth despite their parents scolding them.