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
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!