Dr. David's

Pearls of Wisdom

More and more of the population are being diagnosed with thyroid disease. The two most common are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. The role of the thyroid is to help in the production of many hormones. These hormones are needed to help all cells in the body work properly.

Hypothyroidism is when the functions of the thyroid slow down. Some symptoms associated with this are weight gain, fatigue, weakness, joint/muscle pain and brain fog.

Hyperthyroidism is when there is an increase in thyroid activity. Symptoms associated with this are dramatic weight loss, diarrhea, feeling anxious and sudden mood changes.

Here are some dental issues that can be caused by an underlying thyroid disease

Gum disease– bleeding gums lead to periodontal disease

Dry mouth– decreased saliva

Macroglossia– widening of the tongue

Tooth decay– increase in cavities

Dysgeusia– sense of taste changes

Thyroid and dental health

If you are experiencing a decline in your dental health and you have been doing all the proper home care then you should talk to your doctor about your overall health. More importantly if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above have your thyroid checked!