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Can Teeth Feel Sensitive And Fingertips From Thyroid Imbalance?

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A thyroid imbalance can cause many physical and mental symptoms, and a person with the condition can suffer from one or many of these symptoms. There are two types of thyroid imbalance, each with different effects on the human body, These are: Hyperthyroidism, which means the thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone; and hypothyroidism, which is the opposite - not enough hormone produced by the gland.

With an overactive thyroid gland, i.e. Hyperthyroidism, symptoms such as rapid weight loss, a temperature, restlessness, hair loss, heart palpitations and excess sweating are common. In women it can also affect the menstrual cycle, causing irregular periods and lower fertility.

Hypothyroidism shares many symptoms with overeating. That is to say a person with an underactive thyroid can suffer from weight gain, obesity, chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pains, thinning hair and an extreme sensitivity to cold. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism also share common symptoms, most notably fatigue and hair loss. Further, more rare symptoms of an underactive thyroid are tired arms, high cholesterol and sleep apnea, as well as a worsening of the handwriting.

With that in mind, it is possible sensitive teeth and fingertips are a symptom of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, although effects on the gums and teeth are unlikely to show as early symptoms. Rather, gum disease is more often a symptom of thyroid imbalance that has been left untreated for too long and in persons who are showing some or most of the aforementioned symptoms.

It is more likely if you are suffering from sensitive teeth and fingertips that you have a condition unrelated to the thyroid. It is important that, if the teeth sensitivity persists, you share your concerns at your regular dentist check-up, and speak to a doctor if your fingertips continue to be sensitive.

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