Setting the tempo
January is Thyroid Awareness Month! The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck. This small gland has the huge role of setting the tempo (or pace) at which your body operates. Thyroid hormone controls virtually every cell in your body! Thyroid function affects your heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.
Thyroid disease may either slow down the operations of your body (hypothyroidism) or speed them up (hyperthyroidism).
FUN FACT: Iodine is added to table salt to promote thyroid health!
General signs of hypothyroidism:
- Decreased appetite
- Weight gain
- Being tired
- Feeling cold
- Slow heart rate
- Puffy face and eyelids
Oral signs of hypothyroidism:
- Large tongue
- Altered taste
- Periodontal disease (poor bone support)
- Teeth erupting late than expected
- Poor healing
General signs of hyperthyroidism:
- Increase appetite
- Weight loss
- Being irritable
- Feeling overheated
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressures
Oral signs of hyperthyroidism:
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Osteoporosis in the jaw or face bones
- Gum disease
- Teeth erupting earlier than expcted
If you think you or a loved one may have thyroid disease, ask your doctor for a blood test to check your thyroid hormone levels.