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Does Thyroid Affect Oral Health?

Nikita started experiencing sensitivity in her teeth every time she ate or drank anything cold. Added to this, she also noticed a bit of bleeding in her gums. Nikita had suffered from thyroid problems for the past two years and she wondered if there was a link between her oral health and thyroid conditions.

Thyroid disorders are of two main types: hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland secretes an excess of the thyroid hormone. This causes anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, excessive sweating, diarrhoea, and brittle bones. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland slows down and produces insufficient levels of its hormone. Hypothyroidism causes weight gain, fatigue, muscle cramps, constipation, lethargy, irregular periods, and joint pains.

Your thyroid condition has a significant impact on oral health. An imbalance in the secretion of your thyroid hormone throws the function of many body organs out of sync. Here are the major ways in which thyroid problems can adversely impact your oral health.

  1. Higher risk of gum disease

Thyroid problems interfere with your body’s capacity to heal wounds and fight off infection. Research has shown that those with thyroid conditions are generally at a higher risk of gum disease. Individuals suffering thyroid problems also have a higher count of oral bacteria which contribute to bad breath and clot formation in the bloodstream.

  1. Swollen tongue

Thyroid problems can cause a swelling in the throat and on the tongue. Swelling of the tongue can cause major discomfort while eating and sleeping. Often individuals suffering from thyroid disorders find it difficult to sleep as an enlarged tongue interferes with breathing.

  1. Greater risk of cavities

Individuals with an underactive thyroid experience a greater occurrence of dental cavities, tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums, and even decaying molars. Additionally, if your child has large gaps between teeth or crowded teeth, you might consider getting him / her checked for hypothyroidism.

 

Dental decay can prove to be quite worrisome. A slight pain or sensitivity in your teeth and gums make eating most foods an unpleasant task. Moreover, dental treatment can be quite expensive and painful. The good news is that with a little care and extra precaution, most common dental problems like cavities, tartar, and even root canal can be avoided. Even if you are already undergoing thyroid treatment, here a few key tips to keep your pearly whites in great shape.

  1. Brush before bed

Brushing your teeth before bed will prevent the build-up of germs at night. Always rinse your mouth after every meal; even after your mid-day cup of coffee to prevent dental staining.

  1. Use dental floss

Merely brushing isn’t enough especially if you eat non-vegetarian food. Use dental floss at least once a day to clean the gaps between your teeth.

  1. Mouthwash is a must

Using mouthwash is a great way to fight plaque and gum disease. You probably cannot carry a toothpaste around with you while you travel so mouthwash is a good substitute.

  1. Clean your tongue

Most cases of bad breath result from an unclean tongue. When you brush your teeth, remember to gently run the bristles over the back of your tongue as well. This will keep your mouth fresh for longer.

  1. Fresh dental ware

Change your toothbrush at least once every three months. Blunt bristles are no good at cleaning your teeth. Don’t use a dental floss stick more than once even if the packet says you can.

  1. Avoid sugary foods

Candies, sodas, chocolates, and biscuits are really bad for your teeth. They stick to the surface of your tooth enamel and eat away at the coating. This often results in cavities.

  1. Sensitivity must be checked

Any kind of tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food should be checked immediately. A minor cavity, if left unattended, can lead to a major root canal operation which can prove painful and expensive.

Homeopathy and thyroid treatment

Most people delay thyroid treatment as they feel it is unnecessary or they don’t want to subject themselves to any more chemical laden medication. Homeopathy steps in here, to change the way you heal. With natural medication that is free from side effects, homeopathy heals gently. Thyroid problems are cured and controlled from the root cause instead of merely suppressing symptoms. If you or a loved one is suffering from thyroid complications, homeopathy is your solution to a healthy, wholesome recovery.

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