Mouth Infection – The mouth holds clues to many ills

Troubled teeth and gums due to mouth infection aren't always just a dental problem, our mouth can tell you a lot about your overall health. Troubled teeth and gums sometimes indicate deeper issues and dentists are increasingly picking up the clues.

"We look around the mouth and we look for colour changes. We're looking for certain smells. Spots around the gums," said Dr Joseph Kravitz, a dentist in Washington.

The relation of mouth infection to the rest of the body is getting more attention in recent years, spurred by such experts as Dr Richard H. Carmona who, as surgeon general of the United States, urged policymakers in 2003 to "increase the understanding of how the signs and symptoms of mouth infection can indicate general health status and act as a marker for other diseases".

The publicity reminded a lot of dentists that their jobs were not just about root canals and fillings, and it educated the public, he said.

Here are some conditions that can be reflected in your mouth infection:

  • Heart disease: Gums that have turned a "bright beefy red" or purple. Dr Kravitz checks his patients' blood pressure when he notices these symptoms.
  • Type 2 diabetes: Gums that bleed at the slightest touch although there is no plaque evident. Dr Kravitz said patients with diabetes also typically have sores elsewhere on their bodies that they may not have connected to the disease.
  • Kidney disease: A sweet ammonia smell on a person's breath, detectable even from behind a dentist's surgical mask.
  • Acid reflux: Teeth that look worn and pitted, as if they had been dipped in battery acid. Only some teeth will be affected, depending on where the acid settles during a person's typical sleeping position.
  • Oral cancer: Gum tissues with white spots that last two weeks or more. Dr Kravitz said spots that clear up more quickly can indicate many other things, including something as simple as having bitten into too-hot pizza.
  • Leukaemia: Fiery-red swollen gums that just will not heal, distinguishable from diabetes symptoms with a blood test.

  • Osteoporosis: Certain black spots on tooth X-rays that indicate air pockets and dead bone.
  • Stress: Gums that have pulled away from teeth, or fractured teeth. All sorts of fungal, bacterial and viral infection can enter the body through cracked teeth, Dr Kravitz said.
  • Sleep apnoea: An enlarged tongue and inflamed gums in the part of the mouth through which air passes.
  • Pregnancy: Deeply swollen gums can indicate hormonal changes.
  • Bulimia: Upper front teeth that are paper thin, with the enamel almost completely worn away, and teeth that hurt. Distinguishable from acid reflux because different teeth are affected.

Dr Kravitz said patients should make sure that dentists are not just looking in their mouths for five to 10 seconds and that a thorough inspection should take at least five minutes.He said that when he notices symptoms in his patients' mouths, he will often have them go back to him in two weeks. About half the time, the symptoms are gone with no lasting effect. The other half of the time, he will refer the patient to a physician. View 6 min Video on Thrush Mouth Infection and other Testimonials

Mouth Infections – From Yeast Infection in the Mouth

Yeast infections are also known as Candida, Candidiasis is an infection caused by a group of microscopic fungi or yeast and there are more than 20 species of Candida.

You can develop yeast infections around dentures, under the breast, vagina and lower abdomen, nailbeds, and beneath skin folds. Yeast infections tend to become more common with increased age, but can occur at any age and are known to cause vagina odors.

And while yeast infections are thought to be mainly a problem among women, did you know that men can also get them? This is especially true for a man whose wife is suffering from one, since having sex will pass the infection back and forth.

For a woman, however, the problem is a little trickier, since yeast thrives in a dark, moist environment. Simply put, the vagina is yeast's dream home!

Yeast infection in mouth

A yeast mouth infection in the mouth can be a scary thing. Technically, the term is thrush and happens mostly in infants and babies.

Adults can get a yeast infection in mouth though, so it's important to know how to cure it as fast as possible.

There are many triggers that can cause a mouth yeast infection. Often people who suffer from asthma and use inhalers will get a mouth yeast infection. The steroids in the inhaler medication can bring about a mouth yeast infection very easily. That's why it's so important to rinse after using an inhaler.

Symptoms of a mouth yeast infection include white patchy sores on the mouth that may bleed if they are scraped or tongued. They are usually very uncomfortable and can look pretty gross.

A mouth yeast infection in adults can by a symptom of a weak immune system so watch out for that. For example, people who have HIV have a much higher probability of developing a mouth yeast infection or thrush.

Having a dry mouth can lead to thrush as well. The condition opens your mouth tissue up to bacteria and makes it more vulnerable.

Diabetes causes a yeast mouth infection as well. Candida or Yeast thrives off of sugars and a diabetic will have higher sugar levels in their blood so it only follows that they are more vulnerable to the condition.

Antibiotics may cause a mouth yeast infection by killing off too much bacteria at once in your mouth. A result is candida overgrowth or a yeast infection. When a yeast infection occurs, it can occur anywhere - even the mouth.

Pregnancy can bring on a mouth yeast infection because of changes in hormonal levels.

Mouth Yeast Infection Treatments:

  • Drink cool liquids to cool and soothe the mouth yeast infection.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
  • Avoid sugars and complex carbohydrates to "starve" the infection.
  • Gentian violet is a dye that kills bacteria and fungi. This can help the mouth infection. This solution should only be used on adults. Talk with your doctor on how to apply this remedy.

12/12/2008 -- mary from FL

I had a severe bicycle fall. I landed on my face. My tooth went through my lower mouth (completely puncturing the lower lip. I took off all of the skin on my lowere and upper lip. My mouth was swollen about three times its normal size. My friend, who is a distributor, like me, remembered he had some sample packets in his briefcase in his car. I immediately poured this on my mouth and swollen knee (which was severley abrased). The pain and swelling went away within minutes. In two days the scabs were healed and falling off my mouth. it was amazing. I continue to put mangosteen juice on the scar and it is diminishing. Hardly noticeable. I also have come off my diabetes medicine and anti inflammatory for back pain and leg pain

Cuts Bruising Diabetes Back Pain

6/26/2008 -- Jackie

I had success treating a lady with mouth ulcers last February. She was having treatment at the local hospital, but with no effect on the ulcers. She had been away from work for 5 months when i saw her, and in a lot of pain. I am a therapist using herbs and vitamins, but I advised her to try the Mangosteen juice. After using ONE bottle, all the ulcers were gone. They haven't come back.


1/18/2007 -- Francis from Nevada

In march 2004 I underwent surgery for stage 3 colon cancer where 0.25 cm of my colon was removed. In April I started a chemo course of 5 fu/lv and started suffering from the expected side effects including a fainting spell, which resulted in a fractured clavicle. My mucous membranes became inflammed causing nose bleeds and mouth sores. Defecating became a dreaded painful event. In September I was introduced to mangosteen juice . I started taking 1 1/2 oz twice a day and within approximately 10 days the nose bleeds and mouth infection stopped and the toilet was no longer a torture chamber. A lower cholesterol was an added bonus. It is almost 3 years since the operation and I am still taking my juice and staying cancer free.

Colon Cancer

9/25/2005 -- Shayne from NSW, Australia

Within 2 to 3 weeks of 60ml per day, my knee pain was almost gone, my back was the best it had felt in many many years, my headaches were barely noticeable and my mouth infection completely vanished! Being a frugal type I decided to become a distributor to save money and in my third month now on 1 or 2 doses daily, I feel great! I can do things now I've missed doing for the past 25 years.

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