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Your Mouth is a Health Barometer

Health Tip: Your Mouth is a Health Barometer
Oral problems may be tied to other medical issues

From the December 16 2010 Health Day news item by Diana Kohnle

Oral health problems, such as gum disease or mouth sores, can be related to other health issues.

The Web site says these health conditions often are related to oral health problems:

  • Cancer treatments, which can cause mouth sores and mouth pain.
  • Diabetes, which can affect the gums.
  • HIV, which can cause pain in the mouth and loss of taste.
  • Nutritional deficiencies, as difficulty eating can lead to malnutrition.
  • Heart disease patients may require special precautions, such as taking an antibiotic to prevent infection before a dental procedure.

Related Web Sites

  • Mouth Disorders (MedlinePlus) has links to overviews, specific conditions , health check tools, patient handouts, and more
  • Mouth Problems (Family gives information about possible diagnoses and self care options depending on symptoms
  • Mouth Diseases ( has links to general information, symptoms, tests, and treatment.
    Ask-An-Expert (left column) has answers to questions as tongue soreness, red bumps on tongue, and much more.
    Visitors can pose questions to medical experts, replies usually within a few days.

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