You can tell a lot about a person’s overall health just by looking at their gums. Don’t believe us? Here are just a few of the lifestyle habits that can be identified simply by taking a look inside your mouth:
Poor diet - our bodies require a host of vitamins and nutrients to keep our gums in peak condition. Inflamed or bleeding gums, which are often the precursors of gum disease, can indicate a diet that is low in iron, zinc, magnesium, folate or Vitamins A and C.
Smoking - if you’re a smoker, then your gums will be sure to let everyone know about it. Smoking weakens your body’s immune system, making it harder to fight off gum infection and also making it more difficult for damaged gums to heal.
Excessive alcohol consumption - studies have shown that the drying effect alcohol has on the mouth could increase the build-up of plaque (the soft sticky film made up of invisible masses of bacteria that can lead to gum disease(1). By inhibiting the production of saliva, which serves to neutralize the acids caused by plaque, it creates the perfect environment for bacteria and disease to flourish.
Did you know your gums can even make predictions about the future? Although the jury’s still out on exactly why, studies have shown a correlation between severe gum disease and the development of coronary artery disease. What’s more, it’s possible to develop other chronic health problems as a result of poor gum health. When your mouth is full of inflamed, broken tissue, it makes it easier for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause problems elsewhere in the body(2).