Hypothyroidism in your mouthHypothyroidism is usually linked to weight gain and reduced energy levels.

But it can also seriously and painfully affect your mouth.

This is according to a new study published in in the Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences.

Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the mouth and can be quite uncomfortable, with sores on the tongue, inner cheeks, or gums.

It is most common in middle-aged women and can cause lasting issues, because these mouth sores don’t heal easily and can sometimes lead to more serious health concerns like nutritional deficiencies due to the pain of eating, difficulties speaking or chewing, and even oral cancer.

Since the symptoms of hypothyroidism are often vague feelings of depression or fatigue, the authors of this study wondered whether OLP could serve as an easier indication that the thyroid isn’t working properly.

They included 1,200 patients visiting a department of oral medicine and radiology at an Indian hospital in their study. 600 of them had hypothyroidism as identified through their medical records, and 600 not.

After examining all patients for OLP, the results were quite revealing.

1. 3.45% of patients with hypothyroidism versus only 1.34% of those without had OLP.

2. Those with hypothyroidism were 2.37 times more likely to have OLP compared to those whose thyroids were working well.

This finding adds to the growing understanding of how hypothyroidism can impact different aspects of health.

There are two reasons why an underactive thyroid might bring about a condition like OLP.

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease. In autoimmune diseases, your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues.

When your immune system mistakenly attacks your thyroid gland, it might be generally too active, attacking other tissue around your body as well with an inflammatory response. This can directly cause OLP.

Even if hypothyroidism isn’t caused by an autoimmune disease, low thyroid hormone levels can upset the balance in the cellular processes involved in inflammation.

Fortunately, it’s quite easy to cure hypothyroidism naturally and eliminate the mouth soars at the same time. Thousands of readers have done just that using the simple steps explained here…