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10 Warning signs that the mouth gives about your health

10 Warning signs that the mouth gives about your health

"The mouth is the beginning of the digestive system, rich in several microorganisms that coexist (CRO-SP 97.493), which is the most common form of cancer in the body, Dentis Abranches (CRO-SP 75.559), coordinator of the dentistry department of the Hospital São Paulo (Unifesp university hospital), highlights wounds that do not heal, bleeding in the gingiva, ulcerated lesions and canker sores as signs of attention, and stresses that, just as they may be isolated lesions of low severity, they may be a local manifestation of a serious problem in the body. "The lack of attention to these reactions, the delay in the search for specialized professional help and the late diagnosis are aggravating factors of these diseases", he warns.

Next, Aline and Denise list the most important signs that may appear in the mouth to indicate the existence of a disease in another part of the body and what they mean. A recommendation, however, holds true for all cases: when noticing any of these symptoms, immediately seek your dentist who can analyze the problem and refer you to the appropriate specialist.

Gum bleeding

Although some people consider There is normal "a little" bleeding in the gums, especially during toothbrushing, there is nothing normal about it. This bleeding, if accompanied by swelling of the region, may be a sign of gingivitis.

Bad breath

If you have a bittersweet odor (similar to a past apple) and can not be resolved with a beautiful brushing sequence, use floss and mouthwash, in some cases bad breath may be related to diabetes.

Warts inside the mouth

Cauliflower-like lesions, pink or whitish, are symptoms of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) , a sexually transmitted disease that can be caused by more than 200 types of virus. In some cases, the disease may develop into cancer of the cervix, throat, or anus.

Wound that does not heal

Although not exactly common, a cancer that has affected another part of the body may manifest itself in the mouth. This will appear as an ulcerated lesion that grows in the buccal mucosa or petechiae on the hard palate and may even be confused with other types of lesions, but the fact that it does not heal is a characteristic that facilitates the diagnosis. > They are sores that last from one to two weeks and may indicate weakening of the immune system, stress, some allergy or hormonal changes.

Blisters on the lips

You have blisters on the lips that break, forming crusts, and last for seven to ten days? They are signs of herpes, a viral and contagious infection that can be transmitted by saliva or by sexual intercourse. Herpes needs to be treated while the blisters are apparent, to try to avoid their return.

White plaques on tongue

More common in children and the elderly, these plaques indicate the presence of a fungus, usually Candida Albicans, which causes candidiasis. The fungus takes advantage of immature immature moments (children's case) or low immunity (which may occur in both the young and the elderly) to be lodged in the body.Fissures and lesions

Fissures and lesions that take time to heal, accompanied by pain, especially in the more advanced stages, may be symptoms of oral cancer. They appear mostly on the lips, tongue, floor of the mouth and gums, most often forming red or whitish areas. It is also common to have lumps in the neck.

Flaking in the tongue

The so-called "geographical language" causes the tongue papules to be peeling in several places, irregularly, and may be a sign of asthma or rhinitis. This condition causes hypersensitivity to seasonings and acidic foods.

Reddish nodules

Reddish nodules that bleed easily in the roof of the mouth and gums are indications that the person may be seropositive, ie have AIDS acquired immunodeficiency). Are these lesions the result of a rare cancer known as Kaposi's sarcoma caused by herpesvirus type 8 (HHV-8)? which, despite the name, has nothing to do with cold sores.

If you experience any of these symptoms, see your dentist.


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