What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

What your tongue says about your health and why you should be checking it regularly for signs of problems.  By examining your skin, throat and yes, your tongue, a trained doctor can assess your overall health.

What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

What a Healthy Tongue Looks Like

A healthy tongue should be pink in color with a thin white coating.  The shade of pink varies, based on the individual person.  A healthy tongue has little bumps or papillae on the sides and top. The papillae give the tongue its characteristic rough texture.

 What Tongue Colors Tell You

One of the first noticeable symptoms of an unhealthy tongue is a change in color from the normal pink shade.

The different colors can indicate conditions such as:  

  • A black tongue can signify poor oral hygiene. Some medications, dark liquids and tobacco may also be the culprit. In rare cases, diabetes and HIV have been linked to a black tongue.
  • A white tongue with patches can be signs of a fungal or yeast infection, or oral thrush.
  • A purple tongue can be a symptom of poor blood circulation or a heart condition.
  • A red tongue may mean a vitamin B Deficiency. It could also be the result of an allergic reaction.
  • A tongue grey in color with grayish-white patches can accompany Eczema.
  • Bacteria buildup can cause the tongue to turn either yellow or green.
  • A blue tongue indicates a lack of oxygen in the blood.

Acupuncture and Other Treatments

 

What Your Tongue Says About Your HealthA dentist can examine your tongue for indications of health issues. They will look at the color as well as the shape. Chinese medicine provides a map of the tongue, where issues correspond with problems to specific organs. The tongue is related to the internal organs and meridians that acupuncture is meant to address.

How to Keep the Tongue Healthy

  • Drink lots of water
  • Brush regularly
  • Rinse Well
  • Drink Green Tea
  • Have a professional examine the tongue

To learn more about how your tongue may be affecting your health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Abeyta’s in Albuquerque, NM at  (505) 293-7611. You will enjoy not only the peaceful and calm environment provided, but also customized care, from ONE doctor, which creates a unique experience for you and your entire family. Part of their commitment includes providing information that helps patients make better informed decisions about their oral health as well their overall health.

Why Jaw Alignment Affects Posture and Balance

Why Jaw Alignment Affects Posture and Balance

Why jaw alignment affects posture and balance negatively is easy to understand.  Remember the children’s song, “Dem Bones”.  Well, just like the song says, everything is connected.  When one part of the body is out of alignment, the whole body is affected.  The jaw is no exception.   

When your upper and lower teeth are clamped together, each tooth forms a tight fellowship with its opposing tooth. This bite determines the position of your jaw, and in turn, the position of your head on your spine.  A misaligned jaw can have a domino effect that alters the posture and sends the entire body out of balance.

Studies have also found that a misaligned jaw can increase muscle strain in the face, neck, head and shoulders.  The continual strain can cause a host of symptoms like backaches, ear ringing, headaches and vertigo.

Strained muscles have been linked to pinched nerves in the face and neck.  These nerves don’t operate separately from the nerves that run throughout the body.   One pinched nerve in the jaw or face can cause numbness and tingling throughout the entire body which in turn impacts nerves that control the balance.

Another problem caused by a poorly aligned jaw is the alteration of the head’s posture.   By changing how the head is held, undue pressure is placed on the spine.  This strain impacts the entire posture and can lead to chronic pain, additional nerve impediment, increased muscle strain…there go those dominoes.

Two studies were conducted to look at the correlation between occlusion, how your teeth fit together, and balance.  Researchers in Australia and Spain held parallel experiments to answer the question. They looked at different malocclusions like crossbite, crowded teeth, gaps between teeth and missing teeth.  First, they demonstrated that these types of tooth problems were linked to poor stability. Then they showed that repositioning the jaw in a neutral position fixed the problem.

Researchers in these studies also discovered that when the jaw was out of position, it would negatively impact the trigeminal nerve, which controls chewing and the vestibular nerve, which controls balance.

A dentist, who understands TMJ, can offer treatment to correct the jaw so that the muscles, bones, and teeth can function without strain and tension.

If you live in or around Albuquerque, New Mexico and have questions about jaw alignment or TMJ, please call the The Best Albuquerque Dentist at 505-293-7611 or visit our contact page to fill out your information and take a virtual tour of our office.

Acupuncture for Temporomandibular disorder (TMD)

Does acupuncture provide help for Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?

Acupuncture in Albuquerque

TMD is defined as pain in the muscles of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and affects a lot of people. Some sources state an estimated 10 million Americans will experience symptoms of TMD at some point in their life. We often suggest acupuncture for Temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

Even though millions of people utilize acupuncture throughout the US each year for chronic pain, there are those who decry the value of acupuncture for alleviation of pain. We can tell you it works and invite you in to see for yourself.

Traditional Chinese medicine ancient theories state acupuncture works by restoring the balanced flow of Qi, or energy throughout the body, but especially where there is an issue.

Western medicine finally got on board in the 1970’s with research suggesting acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulation of the nerves, in turn changing the way the signals travel along the nerve cells.

Whether by affecting Qi or nerve endings, or something else Western science has yet to “prove”, what is more important to our clients is the evidence of relief of pain. Recently, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), stated “results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease chronic low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.”

Measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture is only beginning to be understood. “Current evidence suggests that many factors—like expectation and belief—that are unrelated to acupuncture needling may play important roles in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on pain,” noted NCCIH.

If the end result is relief from the pain, then we recommend you visit us for a professional who is skilled at acupuncture for Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).

A Lesson on Acupuncture

As some of you may know, Lee, our hygienist, will be going to China this month to study oriental medicine and acupuncture!

We wish her all the best!  As most people know, acupuncture is the use of needles to change the chi in one’s body.  Each needle helps to release the imbalance of the chi, allowing the body to balance and renew itself.  Once Lee has completed her Doctorate of Oriental Medicine, she will also be offering her services!