You’d be surprised by what the state of your mouth can reveal.
When I look inside a patient’s mouth, I can see how healthy their diet is. Whether he or she smokes cigarettes, chews tobacco, has an eating disorder, or is tooth grinder. Surprisingly, a patient’s mouth can also tell me whether he or she is suffering from a vitamin deficiency.
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Vitamins play an important role in oral health. So much, in fact, that if you’re lacking one or more of the major vitamins – problems can erupt inside your mouth.
Vitamin B deficiency can produce a burning sensation of the tongue, painful cracking at the corners of the mouth, canker sores, and chronic oral yeast infections.
Iron deficiency can cause symptoms that are similar to those of a B vitamin deficiency.
Vitamin C deficiency can lead to gingivitis and bleeding gums.
Vitamin D deficiency can affect bones in the mouth and lead to increased risk of periodontal disease and jaw fracture.
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Do you feel like you fall into one of those categories? It’s important that you tell us about your concerns during your appointments. I can look inside your mouth and tell you what I see. Together we can pinpoint a deficiency and how to remedy it.