Crooked, discolored, or loose teeth are not just unsightly, but can also be indicative of serious health problems.
Speaking to Dental Economics, Dr Daniel Noor stated that the vast majority of systemic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, can be linked to symptoms in the mouth.
"People are hesitant to address what they see as exclusively cosmetic issues like inflamed gums, missing or discolored teeth and loose teeth; however, these conditions may be symptoms of very serious illnesses," he said.
If teeth move or shift later in life, for example, it could be a sign of metabolic bone disease osteoporosis.
Also, while discoloration could be caused by drinking coffee or smoking, it can also indicate serious nutritional issues or bulimia, according to the publication.
Finally, teeth coming loose or falling out could be a symptom of diabetes, while inflamed gums can signal an underlying heart disease.
"By taking these signs seriously, a dentist is often the first line of defense in a person's health care regiment," the article concluded.
Periodontis, or gum disease, is not only a sign of heart problems - scientists have found that it can also actually cause coronary disease and other serious health problems.
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