• Early mouth cancer
  • Scurvy: In the mouth, scurvy can cause gums to swell, bleed and soften, resulting in tooth loss.
  • Eating disorder: Regular episodes of vomiting can cover the teeth in gastric acid that can remove the tooths enamel. As a result, teeth can become discolored, cracked and sensitive.
  • Anemia: Ulcers at the corner of the mouth,a change in color of the gums and tongue.
  • Sinus infection: Infected sinuses can cause pain in the jaw and around the teeth, which can be mistaken for a toothache.
  • Poor vitamin intake: Vitamin D is needed for calcium absorption, which helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Lack of zinc predisposes to gum disease, dry mouth and loss of sensation in tongue.Low vitamin B3 levels can cause the tip of the tongue to become red and swollen. Deficiency of vitamin B2 can cause the tongue to become sore and lips red and shiny. Vitamin B12 levels can prevent bad breath, loss of taste and fissured tongue.
  • Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of early gingivitis and periodontitis.
  • Biting the nails: Biting nails puts undue stress on the teeth, causing them to crack, chip and wear down.Jaw pain, receding gums and headaches are other side effects of grinding and clenching associated with nail biting.