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Signs of a Healthy Mouth

Posted on 9/24/2021 by Evan
Signs of a Healthy MouthA healthy mouth is frequently an indication of a healthy body, and many health problems can be detected during a dental exam. A dentist will check for good jaw alignment, strong teeth, pleasant breath, and healthy gums and oral tissues during an oral health exam.

Healthy Gums and Oral Tissues

Make sure your gums are healthy. To the touch, they should be firm and pink, not red or white, and not swollen. A tooth should be firmly placed and not wobbly or loose. An ideal gum line should be level with the teeth, without any flaps, pockets, or areas that appear to recede from the tooth. By flossing daily, you help maintain healthy gums by preventing pockets of bacteria from accumulating, causing decay, gum disease, and bad breath. During an exam, your dentist will look for pockets in your gums and examine your x-rays. A healthy mouth is a sign of a healthy body. Your oral health checkup is much more than just a simple examination of your teeth! Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and thyroid disorders are all examples of illnesses that can affect the whole body. Every part of your mouth, including your tongue, lips, and cheeks, can be examined by your dentist. In healthy people, you will typically see pink, firm, and moist oral tissues. Dry mouth, infections such as thrush, painful sores, swelling, or discomfort are all symptoms of a problem. Your dentist is also educated to recognize warning signs of mouth cancer and other dangerous disorders.

Strong Teeth and Pleasant Breath

At each appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth for strength and health, including teeth with fillings and crowns, as well as those with dental implants. Grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw may wear down the restorations, including amalgam fillings. Decay, as well as small fractures and other problems with teeth and restorations, are not always obvious. X-rays and thorough examinations of the mouth can help detect problems before they become painful and difficult to treat. Natural fresh breath is a sign of a healthy mouth. Bacteria and food particles are directly associated with persistent foul breath. Bad breath can also be a symptom of other health problems, such as diabetes or sinus problems.

Proper Jaw Alignment and Tooth Spacing

Your dentist looks at how your teeth fit together in your mouth and jaw. Straight and correctly aligned teeth are much easier to brush and floss, resulting in improved breath and fewer locations for cavities or gum disease to form with adequate home care.
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