Teeth marks on the side of the tongue and liver inflammation

Veterinarians and medical/naturopathic doctors can tell your liver’s health by the appearance of your tongue. They noticed that those with liver inflammation have teeth marks on the side of the tongue. This can also mean that the person has mercury amalgam in his/her teeth.  Metal toxins should be removed and a detox is in order. This happened to me and now my teeth marks are gone.

Will our mouth’s bad breath also reveal health issues?

Diseases, such as some cancers, and conditions such as metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor as a result of chemicals they produce. Chronic reflux of stomach acids (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) can be associated with bad breath.

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What Does Our Tongue Tell Us About Our Liver?

Nicole Cutler

Find out how tongue observation can reveal more about the liver’s health than most people realize.

A primary care physician will likely ask his or her patients to open up and say “ahhh” in an effort to get a glimpse of the tongue. Besides looking at the throat, tonsils and general mouth condition, western-trained doctors know that the tongue can reveal several health clues. However, practitioners of Chinese Medicine take tongue observation to an entirely different level. By analyzing the tongue’s shape, body color, coating and moisture level, a practitioner of Chinese Medicine can accurately determine a person’s predominant health disharmony. When it comes to assessing a person’s liver health, there are various tongue indications a Chinese Medical practitioner will look for.

Nomenclature Differences
Any discussion about the assessment of liver health in western medicine (WM) and eastern medicine (EM) must first address one of the fundamental differences between these worldviews:

•    WM – According to western medicine, the liver is an organ that lies on the right hand side of the abdomen, below the diaphragm and behind the ribs. The largest internal organ, the liver makes and stores glucose (fuel), cleanses the blood of toxins, makes bile to aid in the digestion of fats and manufactures several essential hormones and proteins.

•    EM – According to eastern medicine, the liver encompasses the actual organ (same as in WM), but also refers to the entire liver system. This includes energetic characteristics, both physical and psychological attributes that are related to the liver’s function. In EM, the liver stores blood, ensures the smooth movement of energy throughout the body, controls the sinews, recovers energy, contributes to immunity and houses the spirit.

The Tongue in WM
A WM physician can tell several things from having a patient stick out his or her tongue, such as:

•    Inflamed tongue – this could indicate a deficiency of Vitamin B
•    Swollen tongue – this could point to hypothyroidism
•    Tongue ulcers – this could be related to fever or infection
•    Cranial nerve problems – as indicated by symmetry and soft palate movement
•    Tongue lesions or ulcers – could indicate excessive stress or oral cancer

The Tongue in EM
An EM practitioner can garner much more information from tongue observation, including signs about the liver’s health. Tongue diagnosis by a Chinese Medical practitioner includes examining aspects of the overall tongue coat, shape and color – and then breaking these factors down to their exact location on the tongue. Like any single assessment method, the practitioner does not rely on tongue diagnosis alone – but uses it as a tool alongside other diagnostic methods to help provide a complete picture of a person’s health.

In EM, the sides of the tongue correlate with the liver “system.” When it comes to finding clues to how balanced and healthy the liver system is, the following indications on the tongue could point to an imbalance:

•    Teeth marks on the side of the tongue – Side teeth marks are fairly common and typically relate to damp retention in the body. This could be related to sluggishness, fatigue, abdominal distention, liver inflammation, diabetes, hepatomegaly or a fatty liver.

•    Dark color on the tongue’s sides – Blue, green or purple spots on the sides of the tongue indicate significant stagnation in the liver system. While this could be related to extreme stress, it might also indicate something more serious like liver cancer or cirrhosis.

•    Bright red and swollen on the tongue’s sides – In EM, bright red and swollen sides of the tongue suggest a diagnosis of liver fire. In WM, liver fire could correlate with high blood pressure or inflammation of the liver such as would occur during a hepatitis flare-up.

•    Tongue sides curled up – In EM, curled sides indicate liver energy congestion. This diagnosis is difficult to translate into WM, but could be due to depression, anxiety, frustration or difficult menstruation. For those with liver concerns, liver energy congestion is a frequent precursor to liver injury.

•    Thick, greasy yellow tongue coat – A thick, yellow tongue coat can indicate a digestive problem with associated bloating and fatigue. The liver helps fat digestion by producing bile. Thus, a liver or gallbladder problem could hinder bile production and promote accumulation of dampness. From a WM perspective, this type of tongue coating could be seen in people with a biliary blockage or a fatty liver.

Whether consulting with a western medical physician or a Chinese Medical practitioner, there is little doubt that the tongue can be revealing. Regular inspection of your own tongue can alert you to when something is different – possibly indicating a health concern. However, there are several possible reasons for every tongue permutation discussed above. Like any assessment method, tongue diagnosis is used in conjunction with other information to get a complete picture of a person’s health. As such, a professional should always be consulted prior to jumping to a conclusion based on what the tongue looks like.

Dry mouth and bad breath by Dr Mercola

The bothersome combination of dry mouth and bad breath, also known as xerostomia, can be chalked up as yet another common problem caused by prescription drug use.

Xerostomia is not to be confused with halitosis, or bad breath, which is typically caused by systemic diseases, gastrointestinal and/or upper respiratory tract disorders, and microbial metabolism from your tongue, saliva or dental plaque.

Common Causes of Dry Mouth and Bad Breath (Xerostomia)

First of all, it’s important to realize that xerostomia is NOT a disease in and of itself. Rather it is a common side effect of prescription- and OTC drugs.

It can also be a symptom caused by certain physical disorders and diseases that target your salivary glands and/or tear ducts, some of which are mentioned below.

Specific types of medications that are known to affect your salivary glands include drugs for:

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation also tend to cause dry mouth.

Other Non-Drug Causes

• Nerve damage in your head or neck that affect your salivary glands
• Sjogren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disease, causes xerostomia and dry eyes)
• Endocrine disorders
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Stroke
• Anxiety disorders and depression

Interestingly, xerostomia can also be a sign of nutritional deficiencies (some drugs are also known to cause a variety of nutritional deficiencies).

Naturally, if you already suffer with dry mouth and/or bad breath, you can certainly make it worse for yourself by smoking, drinking alcohol, using alcohol-containing mouthwashes, and drinking caffeine. All of these behaviors will exacerbate your problem, so avoid them as much as possible.

Snoring, and constantly breathing through your mouth instead of your nose can also cause your mouth to dry out further.

If you’re a “mouth-breather,” pay conscious attention to how you breathe, and train yourself to breathe through your nose.

Quitting snoring, however, can be trickier, since it’s happening while you’re asleep. For a list of strategies to combat snoring, please see this previous article.

Why You Should Be Concerned About Dry Mouth

Dry mouth may seem like a trivial concern to many, especially if you’ve never experienced it. But aside from just being bothersome, the most hazardous consequence of dry mouth is the increase of tooth decay, which can impact your overall health if it goes too far. (Naturally, it will also affect your pocketbook, as the cost of dental services keep rising.)

Saliva serves several functions, one of which is to protect and help repair your teeth from the constant assaults mounted by bacteria and your diet. Without sufficient amounts of saliva, your teeth are in large part left unprotected.

To illustrate just how hazardous some drugs can be for your dental health, a previousstudy, using rats, showed that clonidine (Catapres) — a high blood pressure medication that has also become popular in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children — resulted in 84 percent more cavities.

Xerostomia can also lead to thrush (oral candidiasis), a yeast infection of the mouth or throat, and can also have a negative impact on quality of life by affecting your:

• Dietary habits
• Nutritional status
• Speech
• Taste
• Tolerance to dental prosthesis

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