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Most of us brush our teeth twice a day because we want to avoid cavities and bad breath, but our bodies give us subtle clues about our overall health. Pay a little more attention to your oral health and you’ll be able to tell a lot about both your physical and mental health. Here are some clues your mouth can give you, so listen up!

Bad breath
While having a garlic laden pasta for dinner might not win you any friends at the office the next day, bad breath (or halitosis) can be a sign of stomach issues, liver or kidney issues, and if you’re diabetic it can signal that your diabetes isn’t completely under control.

Odd tongue colours
The colour of your tongue can also be an indicator that things may be a bit out of whack. A fat, red and shiny tongue can mean you might need an extra boost of iron, while a pale tongue may be a sign of anemia a deficiency of red blood cells or oxygen transporting protein, hemoglobin, in your blood.

Worn down teeth
If you notice your teeth are worn down or crumbly, it may be a sign that you’re grinding your teeth while you sleep usually a sign of stress. However, it may also be a sign of Gastroesphogeal Reflux Disease (GERD), a condition that causes acid from the stomach to come up into the mouth through the esophagus.

Achy breaky tooth
While tooth ache can be something as simple as a piece of food stuck between your teeth, or a cavity, if you feel a sharp pain in your top row of teeth, it might indicate that you have a sinus infection, as your sinuses are located very close to the roots of your upper teeth.

Sudden spike in cavities
If you’ve been fairly cavity-free your whole life, and suddenly notice a number of cavities appear out of seemingly nowhere, it could be a sign of diabetes. When you’re diabetic, your body struggles to process glucose properly, which can cause a build up in your saliva. This in turn can result in an increase in cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth.

Mouth sores
Sores around the inside or outside of the mouth can mean your body is a bit short on certain nutrients like folic acid, iron, or vitamin B12.

Bleeding gums
Bleeding gums may be an indication that you’re attacking your teeth with your toothbrush instead of just brushing them (as you should), but it may also be an indication of a hormonal imbalance, or of gum disease. Omega 3 is one of the best natural weapons we have against gum disease; these fatty acids (found in all Lucky Star products) help to reduce chronic inflammation, which is a hallmark symptom of gum disease. So crack open a can of tuna, your mouth will thank you!

If you notice anything strange or unusual in or around your mouth, go for a check-up at your dentist, who can refer you to a physician or specialist if needs be.

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