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Your Smile is the Window to Your Body’s Health. Dental Advice from Holland’s Dr. Jeffrey Huisman

added on: July 13, 2012

After you brush your teeth tomorrow morning, take another minute or two to look inside your mouth. Look at your tongue – color and texture changes or sores could indicate a variety of problems from iron deficiencies to oral cancer. Then check out your gums. The same sorts of things that show up on your tongue can show up on your gums. Color changes, puffiness and bleeding, for example can indicate anything from gum overgrowth from medications to gum disease or the first signs of Diabetes. If your teeth have begun to wear down, change color or crack, it could indicate anything from stress to gastric reflux to nutritional deficiencies.

While checking out your own mouth is a good idea, remember that your doctor and dentists are trained to interpret even the smallest changes and have technology that lets them see your mouth more clearly and with more detail. Some of the earliest signs of health problems have subtle indicators long before you are at all aware that they are a problem and these indicators often start with your gums, teeth and tongue. To find out more about how your mouth is a mirror to your health, call me, Dr. Jeffrey T. Huisman, your Holland Dentist at 616.396.5919.
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