Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but your mouth is the window to your overall health. Here’s what you can discover simply by saying “aah:
- First: Look at your tongue. If it’s pale, you could have iron-deficient anemia. The fix? Eat plenty of iron-rich foods, like leafy green veggies, lean meat, beans and seafood.
- Another oral health check: See if your gums are puffy, bright red, or bleed when you brush. A lot of people don’t think bleeding gums are a big deal. But if your hands were bleeding, you’d go to the doctor, right? If your gums bleed even a LITTLE, that’s gum disease. And it can be a sign of a bacterial infection, or something more serious, like diabetes.
- Also, gum disease makes pregnant women 7 times more likely to deliver their baby way too early. Here's the fix: Get your teeth cleaned twice a year. And brush 10 minutes a day, gently, with a soft bristle brush.
- One final oral health check: Look at your saliva. If it’s thick and stringy, you have “dry mouth” – which can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and oral yeast infections. The fix: Drink more water, chew sugarless gum and brush with children’s toothpaste – which usually has fewer drying ingredients. And talk to your doctor about the medication you’re taking. There may be other effective meds that don’t dry out your mouth.
And that’s what you can learn about your overall health, simply by saying “aah.”