hurt-tooth-300x257Maybe you’ve been wondering whether or not you are in good health. Most people have a tendency to understand their health, at least in some general sense.

For example, you may have a tendency to miss out on exercising every day, eat a donut for breakfast, grab fast food for lunch, and feel fatigued and lethargic during the later afternoon and evening hours. You have a pretty good idea that your health is not as good as it could be.

But did you realize that the condition of your teeth can say a lot about your overall health as well. Here are three ways your teeth can tell you and the rest of the world whether or not you care for yourself properly.

1. Cavities.

Most people have at least one or more cavities. Even those who brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash after every single meal may experience a cavity forming at some point in time. However, if you have numerous cavities then this is telling you about the poor quality of your oral care.

If you’re not paying attention to oral care, you’re likely not paying attention to the foods you eat, the drinks you consume, and other issues that can affect your health.

2. Staining.

If your teeth are stained and even after getting a regular cleaning from your dentist you can still notice those stains, it’s probably the result of processed foods, smoking, coffee, soda, and a number of other items that are just generally bad for your health.

3. Swollen or bleeding gums.

If you have any open sores on your gums it can allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream and head straight for your heart. Some of that bacteria can increase the risk of heart disease.

If you notice your oral health is in generally bad condition it’s likely reflective of your overall health as well. Get to a dentist for a regular checkup, address any issues that arise, and begin focusing on eating better foods, drinking more water, and taking better care of yourself. You’ll end up having more energy and avoid some serious health problems in the future.