Every person is different, and so are your teeth. Teeth can identify things like age, gender, if you grind your teeth when you sleep, and even how and what you eat. They also give your dentist at Riverside Dental Care a better map of your dental health needs to help you keep on smiling.
Your Teeth Are Unique- Just Like You!
Your dentist is not the only one who can identify you by your teeth. Forensic scientists can often identify a body by their set of teeth just as easily as a set of fingerprints because every person’s teeth are different. Your teeth carry an individuality that is all yours.
Your Teeth Are Part of Your Identity
Your teeth change and grow as you age, and can also tell your dentist more information than you would think. Each tooth can tell different things about you:
- Age is determined by the central incisors, your front teeth, identify what age you are. When you’re a child they are rectangular with rounded corners. As you ease your way into adulthood they become shorter with square corners.
- Gender is found by the lateral incisors, the teeth on either side of your front teeth.
- females have more rounded, and slightly shorter lateral incisors.
- males have longer, more square lateral incisors.
- Personality can be predicted by your canines. If you are:
- Aggressive and powerful they are longer, pointer, and more noticeable
- Passive they have flattened or rounded tips and are not as noticeable
- A pushover they are much smaller
Dentists Know Your Habits Before You Do
We all have certain habits that are you unique to who we are. Some of these habits can be identified through their effects on our teeth. Your teeth show signs of wear and tear more than you would think, especially when:
- Grinding Your Teeth can prove to be a destructive habit when untreated. When you are sleeping, underlying stress and anxiety can be great factors in how often you grind your teeth. If you grind your teeth regularly, you may want to consult a dentist to determine the degree of damage caused.
- Biting Your Nails can leave hard evidence behind in the form of cracking, chipping, or wearing on your teeth. Biting your nails causes damage down the road if you get braces, or have other straining factors on your teeth.
- Thumbsucking causes damage to the alignment of teeth as well as the growth of the mouth. The higher the intensity of the thumbsucking could cause more serious effects on the teeth versus a child just passively placing the thumb in mouth.
Your Dentist Will See the Signs
Visiting your dentist will help you find out if you need treatment for these three warning signs that something more serious is risking your health.
- Sinus Infection- If your teeth appear to be healthy, but you have upper tooth pain, it could be a sign that you have a sinus infection and need to seek further treatment.
- Diabetes could be on your horizon if your gums are swollen, you have loose teeth and more cavities than usual.
- Vitamin Deficiency is often identified when your enamel is weak, you have mouth sores or your tongue changes in texture.
Keep Your Body and Your Mouth Healthy
Your teeth are great indicators of more than just your dental health. They also help identify important characteristics about you and help your dentist know what is going on with your overall health. Signs that you are at risk for more serious illnesses can be found in through the condition of your teeth and will help keep you healthy when you visit Riverside Dental Care for your next check-up.