Health Warnings Your Lips Are Trying To Tell You

By Nick Hadji 10 months ago

1. Dry and chapped lips

Image source/ blogspotExperiencing dry and chapped lips is a very common thing and will usually happen to all of us at some point. It could be a sign of dehydration, so try drinking more water to help it go away as well as applying a lip moisturiser. It may also be a result of severe weather changes.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. Ulcers on your lips/gums

Image source/ epianassistUlcers can be painful when they pop up unexpectedly around our mouth or lips. Some people experience ulcers frequently. It may be a sign that you are run down, and your immune system is a little but low or that perhaps maybe it is already fighting something.

3. Itchy and chapped

Image source/ diseaseshowsSome research and studies have implied that having itching lips could often be a sign that you have an allergy of some kind. This may be an environmental allergy, or otherwise. It could potentially be a new product you are using, and they are itching as a result of it.

4. Wrinkles on your top lip

Image source/ BuzzFeedWrinkles are an inevitable product of age. So, it makes sense that as we get older our lips will start to have wrinkles appearing in them. But wrinkles in lips may also be a sign of physical, and or, mental tension, which is manifesting itself in a tense mouth, causing creases to appear.

5. Bumps on the surface of your lips

Image source/ SelfStudies have shown that little white bumps over the lip may be a sign that somebody has a bacterial infection which is then resulting in these white little bumps which lie just under the surface of the lips. Of course, there are other possible explanations also.

7. Cold sores

Image source/ skin cureMuch of the population suffer from cold sores. And, when they appear they can feel sore and cracked. Many health experts claim that this is often a result of the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores are not permanently present but may come and go at different times.

8. Stained lips

Image source/ blogspotIf you have dark stained lips, it could be a sign that you are smoking too much. It may leave dark patches or lines on your lips that were not there before. So, if you are a smoker, then this could well be the cause. It can disappear again if you stop smoking.

9. Change in colour

Image source/ skinexpertsSome experts say that we can tell a lot about our health from our lips. It is also suggested that changes in the colour of our lips can sometimes be indicative of liver issues. If you notice that your lips have changed colour it may be something to take note of.

10. Your lips have turned paler in shade

Image source/ curezoneSimilarly, if your lips have turned extremely pale in colour it is thought that it could be a sign of a health problem. It may be a sign of anaemia, or perhaps low blood sugar or it could even perhaps be a sign that you are deficient in a certain vitamin.

11. Dark spots on your lips

Image source/ dpswDark spots could be a sign that you have damaged the skin on your lips through the sun. They are commonly referred as sunspots. What may be recommended is to stay out of the sun for a while and protect your lips as well as keeping them well moisturised.

12. Black spots

Image source/ RedditBlack spots are easy to notice on our lips because they stand out in colour. These are definitely not something to ignore, and it is good to get them checked out. They may be a sign that you have a vitamin B-12 deficiency or perhaps have hyperpigmentation.

13. Swollen lips

Image source/ healthlineNow, unless you have hit your lip or experienced an impact to your lip to make it swell, then it could be a sign that your lips are swollen due to a health reason. It may be because you have an underlying inflammatory disease which is causing your lip to inflame.

14. Red rings around your lips

Image source/ babycentreIt is thought that red rings around your mouth is usually caused by the common condition eczema. Eczema can cause the skin to develop a scaly/ rash kind of appearance which may be irritable. An aqueous cream may help to soothe it and make it less red and angry.

15. Cracked corners of your lips

Image source/ YelpWhen you have irritated lips, the corners may crack, and this can be painful due to the fact they are constantly opening and closing meaning it can be difficult to heal. These may be caused by some kind of infection as well as saliva from your mouth entering the cracks.

16. Purple/blue lips

Image source/ blogspotBlue or purple lips may be due to poor circulation or a circulatory problem. It could be a sign that the may blood be struggling to get to some of the extremities on your body and so the lack of blood flow in your lips makes them appear as though they are blue/ purple.

17. Excessively dry lips

Image source/ blogspotDry lips can be normal, and it is something that is experienced frequently. But they should not be dry all of the time, or excessively dry. In fact, this could be a sign that you may have an excess amount of vitamin A. This is also thought to be potentially caused by retinoids.

18. Lip blisters

Image source/ bestguidedailyLip blisters might be red and angry and appear like this, in clusters together of tiny little blisters. This could be a sign that you have a viral infection. It is suggested by some health experts that it may be a sign that your body is fighting a virus.

19. Canker sores

Image source/ medicalpointCanker sores can look like this, and they can feel very sore in your mouth. Canker sores may appear on the inside of your lips when your immune system starts to attack the mucosal lining of the mouth. They may also be the result of an allergic reaction to something.

20. Blisters on the roof of your mouth

Image source/ mouthhealthansBlisters on the roof of your mouth could be linked to different health issues. One common way they can appear is as a reaction to what you've eaten, or because it may have been too hot and accidentally burned the roof of your mouth causing a blister to appear.

21. Flaky skin

Image source/ blogspotFlaky skin may not be pleasant, but it does not necessarily mean that you have anything wrong with your health. It may not be a medical condition; it could just be as simple as a change in weather and a reaction to the cold. And it may also be a result of dehydration.

22. Rash around lips

Image source/ RedditA rash around the lips does not definitively mean one thing. But it may mean that you have a form of dermatitis which is showing in a red irritated rash around your lips as seen on the photo. It is best to consult someone about this to see what kind of health condition it may be.

23. Acne around the lips

Image source/ acneblogguideAcne around the skin can be a fairly common place to develop it, and some people are particularly prone to getting acne in this area. It may be due to oily skin or touching your face. And your acne around the mouth area may also be due to changes in your hormonal balance.

24. Lips developing a lumpy texture

Image source/ doctorshealthexpressIf you notice a change in the texture of your lips, for example, they have suddenly become lumpy to feel or to look at it could signify a health condition. It may be caused by some kind of infection, or it could be due to an underlying inflammatory disease.

25. Whitehead on your upper/lower lip

Image source/ allergyclinicSome people experience whiteheads in the top or often the ridge of their lips, or right at the sides. This is usually just a case of bacteria or oil getting trapped under our skin. And this may also be caused by touching our lips frequently which most of us to without even realising.

26. White plaques on your lip surface

Image source/ YelpHave you noticed a white kind of plaque on the surface of your lips? This could potentially be a sign of some kind of infection which is resulting in these white plaques forming. Some research suggests it could also be a symptom of inflammatory disease.

27. Bleeding lips

Image source/ blogspotBleeding lips could be due to dehydration, when your lips are so dry and chapped it may cause them to crack and then bleed. It may be a case of drinking plenty of water and applying lip balm. It could also possibly be caused by an allergic reaction to acidic foods.

28. Inflammation

Image source/ blogspotInflammation of the lips does not necessarily point to anything serious although it may do. But another common cause that not many people realise is that it could be due to excessively griding teeth - perhaps unconsciously in the night-time - making your lips inflame.

29. Brownish spots on the inside of the lips

Image source/ FacebookBrownish spots inside the lips are a less common lip condition and it is much easier to notice when they appear inside your lips. Sometimes brownish spots may be a sign of Peutz-Jeghers syndrome - which is caused from polyps in the intestines or stomach.

30. Tingling lips

Image source/ HealthlineLip tingling can be caused by a variety of different things. And sometimes it will be totally harmless for example it could be a temporary reaction to a new lip-gloss or a spicy food. On the other hand, it may be a sign of a virus such as shingles and chickenpox so it's better to check it out if it persists.

1. Here are the warning signs your eyes are trying to tell you... You May Have An Infection - don't ignore it

Image source HealthlineIf you wear contact lenses instead of glasses, watch out for any white spots on the cornea of your eye, the clear layer over the front of eyeball.  Whereas it's not serious and is quite common amongst contact lens wearers, it should be dealt with as it may be a corneal infection that won't go on its own accord.

2. You Might Have Diabetes - it can be detected through eye examination

Image source Daily ExpressBlurred vision may simply mean you need glasses but you should get your eyes checked in case it's something more serious, such as cataracts or macular degeneration.  It could even be diabetes which an ophthalmologist may be able to detect during your eye examination, based on irregularities in your retina.

3. You May Be Very Stressed - eye twitch

Image source Fraser EyeStress can manifest itself in lots of different ways, from an upset stomach to poor sleep quality but also, if you develop a slight eye twitch, this could be your body telling you that you need to get some rest and relaxation and learn to manage your stress levels, maybe with the help of a health professional.

4. Your Blood Pressure Might Be Too High - it's in the eyes

Image source Daily ExpressBesides putting you at risk of heart disease and strokes, untreated high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels in your retina.  This is known as hypertensive retinopathy. You won't be able to see the effects in the mirror but your health professional will be able to spot the damage during your eye test.

5. Your Cholesterol Could Be Too High - run risk of a stroke

Image source Arthur Hayes OpticiansIf you see a white ring around your corneal arcus (that's the medial term for the iris), you should visit your ophthalmologist as well as your GP.  This might just be a sign of ageing but could be an indication of high cholesterol which in turn could lead to an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.

6. You Have Allergies- are you rubbing your eyes all the time?

Image source InsiderIf your eyes are extremely dry and the skin around them is looking worn, you might be unconsciously rubbing your eyes too often.  This can cause the eyelid to become looser or even saggy, giving the appearance of wrinkles.  Are you rubbing them because you're allergic to pollen or dust and this is causing the eyes to dry out?  Over the counter remedies are available to sooth these issues s don't ignore them.

7. Your Retina Could Be In Danger - do you see little specks in your vision?

Image sour Everett & HuriteYou may have experienced those little specks that move around your field of vision.  They can be present for weeks on end and then disappear, only to come back at some stage.  These are eye floaters which are not serious in themselves but the small specks could be a sign of a tear or detachment of the retina.

8.  Puffy Eyes - you may be sleep deprived

Image source Florida EyesIf you notice that your eyes are red and puffy, you might assume it's down to an infection and you may start applying eye drops to alleviate the issue.  It could well be a sign that you are tired, simple as that.  Lack of sleep can make your eyes more irritated and red.

9. You Are Getting Too Much Sun - overdoing the rays

Image source All About VisionWhen you sunbathe or are, indeed, out in the sun, you should always wear sunglasses to protect your peepers from sun damage which comes from the ultraviolet light from the rays.  Not protecting them could cause yellow or white patches on the side of the iris, called a pinguecula.

10. You Could Have Jaundice - eyes not as white as usual

Image source Banyan Treatment CenterIf the whites of your eyes are looking a bit yellowy, this could very likely be a warning sign that there is something going wrong in your body.  It might be jaundice which occurs when the yellow compound formed from the breakdown of red blood cells can't be filtered by your liver.  This turns the skin and the eyes yellow.

11. Eye Strain - too much time on the computer

Image source Optician TrainingMost of us spend ages on our electronic devices, whether it's for work or pleasure.  You probably were not aware that too much screen time could cause your eyes to strain.  This might result in 'dry eye' where the eye tries to make up for being too dry and produces tears which you will be dabbing all the time.

12. You're Straining Your Eyes - not the same as eye strain

Image source InsiderBroken blood vessels can look alarming but for the most part they are simply a sign that your eyes are working overtime.  This can be as a result of coughing or extra straining when visiting the bathroom, due to constipation. The blood-red in the eyes can look alarming but t does not indicate any eye disease.

13. You May Have A Vitamin A Deficiency - no tears if you cry

Image source WikipediaIf your eyes suddenly feel as dry as the dessert, it is possible that you could be experiencing a decrease in tear production.  Excessively dry eyes occur when the body cannot produce enough tears and this has been linked to possible deficiencies in vitamin A.  A simple solution is to get your eyes checked and take a vitamin supplement.

14. You May Have A Blocked Tear Duct - don't cry about it

Image source Daily MailIf you have found yourself crying more than usual and yet nothing traumatic has happened to cause you to do so, then it could be that you have a blocked tear duct.  This prevents your tears from draining properly, resulting in watery and irritated eyes.  It's very common in newborns and can easily be dealt with by an eye doctor.

15. You Might Have An STD - are you experiencing eye pain?

Image source eMedicineHealthUveitis is the inflammation of the middle layer of the eye that has the blood vessels. This red irritation can signify a whole host of infections and conditions.  One of them is if you have a sexually transmitted disease such as AIDS and you might be experiencing blurred vision, redness, blurred vision and light sensitivity.

16. You have Abnormal Eye Movements - they dart around

Image source Liverpool NewsIf your eyes feel like they are darting back and forth without you attempting  to move them,  then you should see your doctor pretty quickly.  It could be an indication of a lesion on your ocular muscles or it may be nerve damage.  Once it's diagnosed, a treatment plan can be discussed.

17. Your Eyes Are Bulging - don't put off that eye appointment

Image source MedicineNetSudden bulging eyes may be a sign of a potentially dangerous condition which is called Thyroid Eye Disease (TED).  It is a serious, progressive and vision-threatening  auto-immune disease which is rare but could lead to blindness.  However, it might be a less serious condition caused by an over-active thyroid which is known as Graves' Disease.

18. Pressure In Your Eyes - may be serious

Image source AtlantaWhilst headaches can cause pressure around the eyes, pressure that affects your eyeballs directly is a symptom that you should not take lightly as there could be an inflammation behind the eyes due to Thyroid Eye Disease or a tumour.  Once your eye doctor has examined the eyes, it could also turn out to be an infection.

19. Pain In The Eye - don't neglect it

Image source For EyesIf you have a sensation of pain in your eye , don't ignore it and try to forget about it.  It could be a foreign object in there which is easily dealt with by using an eye wash but it might be a more serious issue in your sinus cavity, behind the eye. Book that eye appointment right now.

20. Your Vision Goes Away For A Minute - may be migraine

Image source Diamond VisionFor people who suffer with migraines, a sudden loss of vision could be a regular occurrence.  However, if you do not suffer from these, it could mean something more serious.  It could be an indication of a lesion on your ocular muscles or nerve damage. This issue could lead to a potential stroke so get diagnosed as soo as you can.

21. Vision Goes When You Stand Up - don't wait and see

Image source HealthgradesA sudden loss of vision when you stand up from a seated position isn’t something you should ignore.  This temporary loss indicates there may have been a momentary loss of blood flow to either the eye, optic nerve or brain.   Low blood pressure is sometimes the diagnosis for this symptom.

22. Your Vision Fluctuates - clear and then fuzzy

Image source Eyeweb SafetyIf you feel like you are seeing things clearly one moment and everything looks fuzzy the next, then it's time to book an eye examination.  It could be a case of needing glasses but could possibly be a sign of diabetes or other systematic disease.

23. You Have Sudden Double Vision - and it's not the drink

Image source Review Of OptometryDouble vision should not occur unless you have had three too many at the pub.  It doesn't come on for no reason so seeing a health professional is a must.  Possible reasons having double vision is a tumour, a bleed or swelling so a diagnosis should be pursued straight away.

24. You Have Redness And Sensitivity - only in one eye

Image source RedditA sudden aversion to light, along with redness, could be an indication of uveitis which is a type of inflammation that affects the uvea, the layer of the eye under the white part of the eye.  Conditions diagnosed with these symptoms include multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

25. You have A Fixed Spot In Your Vision - medical emergency

Image source The GlobeAn immobile spot in your field of vision could easily be a medical emergency that you should not wait to have treated. Optometrists can detect brain tumours, malignant melanomas and other cancers at the back of the eye that cause changes in someone's field of vision.

26. Your Eyes Are Crossing - seek professional help ....now

Image source Family EducationYou don’t have to worry about your eyes getting stuck that way if you cross them on purpose - that's an old wives' tale!  However, if you find that they’re crossing on their own accord, you should seek professional treatment.  In children, it's almost always benign but in an adult, it could be evidence of elevated intracranial pressure or a stroke.

27. A Sore That Doesn't Heal - eyelashes fall out

Image source InsiderBasal cell carcinomas can show up in strange places including the eyelid, where it often causes a sore which does not heal and there may be loss of eyelashes.  Although not usually fatal, they can cause disfigurement and blindness.  If you have concerns regarding the above , get yourself sorted with an appointment.

28. Red, Swollen Eyelid - might be nothing

Image source RedditThough this might look like a tumour under the skin, it's actually nothing more than a blocked oil gland which is called a chalazion.  It's a hard, painless mass which appears over the course of a few days and is particularly common in people who have oily skin.

29. Lesions On The Retina - can even show colon polyps

Image source Retina Image BankIt's surprising to know that lesions on the retina can open a window to your colon.  This symptom could indicate a sign of Gardner Syndrome.  The syndrome can manifest itself by multiple polyps in the colon, extra teeth and bony tumours of the skull.  It is a rare condition and usually genetic.

30. Cloudy Eyes - everything looks misty

Image source Vision Eye InstituteWhereas many illnesses can be diagnosed through examination of your eyes, when your peepers are making everything you look at appear foggy, it's probably not a serious health condition.  It could well be due to a cataract in the eye, a clouding of the lens and it can be corrected with surgery.  This condition mainly affects older people.

31. Dry, cracked and flaky lips

Image Source/ RedditWhile we've already covered having these symptoms separately, looking at these symptoms together could be a sign of another health concern. If you're experiencing dry, cracked and flaky lips all at once, then it could be a sign of severe dehydration or a lack of essential nutrients.

32. Inflamed lips

Image Source/ RedditInflamed lips can be a sign of many different things and come along with licking them too much or cold and flu. However, if you're frequently experiencing inflamed lips, have a look at the different kinds of substances you're using, you might just be allergic to them.

33. Cold sores and fever blisters on the lips

Image Source/ RedditCold sores and fever blisters can really be quite painful and persistent, so if you're experiencing these you might wish to consult your doctor about them. Often, these symptoms can be signs of an active herpes simplex virus infection and should be treated.

34. Change in the color of your lips

Image Source/ RedditIf your lips are changing in colour and producing a yellowish or blueish shade, then you might want to look further into it. Your lips discoloring this much should be looked at by your doctor as it could be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treating.

35. Lip numbness or tingling

Image Source/ RedditLip tingling and numbness can be annoying and persistent to deal with and a lot of people don't know what it comes down to. However, experiencing these symptoms could be a sign of nerve damage or a neurological disorder. If you're worried speak to your doctor.

36. Tender lips

Image Source/ RedditIf you're lips are tender to the touch then you might want to get it looked at by a professional. This sign can be a symptom of something more serious, like an infection of the mouth or inflammation. While it might not be serious at all, it should be looked at if you're worried.

37. Peeling lips

Image Source/ RedditWhile you might be trying to moisturise your lips as much as possible, you might notice that the lips don't appear to be changing in appearance and are still peeling. Consider potentially seeing a doctor as this could be a sign of eczema or psoriasis.

38. Tight and stiff lips

Image Source/ RedditLips that feel tight and stiff can often end up being quite painful so many people try to seek what could be causing them. If you're feeling uncomfortable with them visit your doctor. It could be a sign of an underlying dental problem or infection that needs treating.

39. Lips that are excessively dry

Image Source/ RedditWhile we've already looked at dry lips in the list, we need to look at excessively dry lips and different causes of the annoying symptom. You might notice that your lips continue to be dry regardless of environment and you might want to consider that it could be a hormonal imbalance.

40. Unusually chapped lips even though you're hydrated

Image Source/ RedditWhen people get abnormally chapped lips they try their hardest to moisturise them and drink plenty of water to see if the symptoms die down. If you're one of those where it hasn't, consult your doctor. There could be a rare genetic condition causing the problem, like Sjogren's syndrome.

41. A dry mouth

Image Source/ RedditA dry mouth can be caused by a number of different underlying problems. Simply, a dry mouth is when the salivary glands don't produce enough saliva, which can be caused by dehydration. Also, you might want to consider whether your mouth become dry when you're anxious or nervous.

42. Licking your sore lips

Image Source/ RedditThere are many causes for people to persistently lick their lips. Weather extremes, sunburn, anxiety, chronic dryness, a history of atopic dermatitis, and persistent nasal congestion are common reasons, leading to chronic mouth-breathing. If you're worried about it, speak to a doctor.

43. Cracks at the edges of your lips

Image Source/ RedditIt might be tempting to lick your lips to moisturize them, but doing so frequently could result in infections. According to a dermatologist, bacteria can build up in the area around your mouth and result in an illness if you drool while you sleep or use a retainer. Try using a lip balm before going to bed if your lips are dry.

44. Discolouration of the lips

Image Source/ RedditIf the colour of your lips continues to change, it could be a sign of serious liver problems. Blue lips and similar discoloration in the fingers and toes can also be signs that the body is not getting enough oxygen. You may have anaemia, vitamin deficiencies, or low blood sugar if your lips have become paler and look lighter.

45. Black spots on your lips

Image Source/ RedditIf you have black spots on your lips, you may have sun spots. These are typically very painful and dark brown in colour. Using a lip balm with SPF can help to protect your lips. If you are hyperpigmented or have a vitamin B-12 deficiency, you can also notice black spots on your lips.

46. Hairy tongue

Image Source/ RedditThere are numerous reasons why oral health is vital, and maintaining proper oral hygiene is one of them. If your tongue seems black and hairy when you look in the mirror, don't freak out. Most likely, all you require is a consistent tooth-brushing regimen and perhaps some excellent tongue-scraping.

47. White substance on your tongue

Image Source/ RedditAlthough it's a touch nasty, you should should consult a doctor if your tongue appears to be covered in cottage cheese. According to doctors, this could be an indication of a fungal infection, which is a hint that something else is going on and has upset the normal levels of fungus-fighting bacteria in the mouth.

48. Extremely red tongue

Image Source/ RedditA pink tongue is a typical sign of health. However, you should be wary if your tongue appears to be redder. Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that can cause high fevers, rashes, and other symptoms. Additionally, it is quite contagious, therefore you might want to see a doctor.

49. Bumpy tongue

What is COVID tongue? Swollen, sore tongue may be possible coronavirus symptomImage Source/ TODAYEven doctors don't completely understand why canker sores occur, even though they affect many people. They appear when we are under stress, or perhaps while we are battling the flu or a bad cold. The good news is that while they might be bothersome, they are mostly safe and only need some over-the-counter medication, which you can purchase at any pharmacy.

50. Sore tongue

Image Source/ RedditIt may be a squamous papilloma, an irregular bump linked to the human papillomavirus, if you're experiencing sores or a sore tongue. There is presently no cure for HPV, however doctors can recommend a course of treatment that may involve lasering the lump off. Oral cancer in some form is another possibility in extreme cases.

51. Swollen tongue

Image Source/ EL PAIS in EnglishDoctors have cautioned that this symptom can indicate hypothyroidism if your tongue simply seems excessively large for your mouth. This illness affects the amount of specific hormones your thyroid gland produces, which are essential for healthy functioning.

52. Wrinkled tongue

Image Source/ RedditIt has been cautioned that if the surface of your tongue begins to seem cracked and groove you may have an autoimmune condition. While this might not be the case for you, there's no harm in consulting your doctor and may help you obtain a manageable cure to the problem.

53. Receding gums

Image Source/ RedditRecession around one or more teeth occurs in 88% of adults over 65 however recession can also be a symptom of gum disease. Whatever the reason, receding gums increase the risk of tooth decay, infection, pain, and tooth loss by exposing the vulnerable roots of teeth. Treatment can halt or even reverse the development when it is discovered early.

54. Dry mouth

Image Source/ RedditSaliva keeps the mouth well-lubricated, washing away food residue and balancing the acids plaque produces. It may indicate disease if your mouth seems particularly dry. Your dentist can identify the source of your dry mouth and make recommendations for strategies to rehydrate and safeguard your teeth.

55. Loose teeth

Image Source/ RedditAdult teeth need to be long-lasting. Consider carefully if you see any movement or gaps that are growing wider. It can be an indication of bone loss or an infection. Watch out for adjustments to the fit of your partial dentures or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.

56. Painful toothache

Image Source/ RedditThis one is apparent, I guess. But it's important to stress that toothaches shouldn't be disregarded. Many things can cause pain and sensitivity, including a cavity, an abscess, a cracked tooth, a damaged filling, or teeth grinding. Consult your dentist if your toothache is persistent.

57. Bleeding gums

Image Source/ RedditBleeding gums can be a sign that you're developing periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, an inflammation of the tissues supporting your teeth. Untreated gum disease might result in tooth loss in the long run due to bone loss surrounding the teeth.

58. Persistent bad breath

Image Source/ SmartMouthWhile bad breath can have multiple causes, gum disease can be an underlying condition. For that reason, you should get your mouth, gums and teeth cleaned regularly. A doctor may evaluate your mouth and decide whether to recommend a gum disease preventative or treatment strategy.

59. Shifting teeth

Image Source/ RedditShifting teeth can also be a sign of gum disease. Gum inflammation, or gingivitis, frequently precedes periodontitis, a more serious condition. However, gingivitis has the advantage of frequently being curable. When detected early enough, gingivitis may be treated with just twice-daily brushing and flossing.

60. Biting abnormalities

Image Source/ WikipediaPeriodontitis is the more severe stage of gum disease. The gums pull away from the teeth as periodontitis progresses, leaving behind deep pockets that are susceptible to infection. The tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place are destroyed by the immune system's attempts to combat the infection.