Dentists Often Spot Serious Health Issues FirstMonday, April 27th, 2015, 7:33 pm
Most people who are healthy tend to visit their dentist more often than they see their physician. After all, you usually see the dentist every six months or so but many people put off that annual checkup with their primary care physician. Our mouths are windows into our overall health and oral changes can be a red flag. Because of this, dentists often spot signs of potentially serious health issues before the doctor does!
Here are a few oral health conditions that might be linked to bigger problems:
- Bad breath might not be caused by bad oral hygiene. If you know you brush, floss and get your teeth cleaned regularly, bad breath might be caused by a stomach problem. If you have diabetes and bad breath it could be signs of a liver issue. See your physician immediately.
- Canker sores might be a sign of a mineral deficiency or gluten intolerance if you get them frequently.
- Cracked teeth can be a sign of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) which causes stomach acids to come up through the esophagus, sometimes into the mouth. The stomach acid damages the tooth enamel and weakens the tooth structure leading to breakage.
- Receding gums or loss of teeth can sometimes be linked to osteoporosis – this is especially important for post-menopausal women.
- Mouth sores might not be a simple canker sore. If it doesn’t go away in a week or so contact your dentist so you can have an oral cancer screening.
- Gum disease is usually attributed to insufficient flossing and brushing but if you have a great oral hygiene routine and still experience gum disease you might also want to be checked for diabetes and even some forms of cardiovascular disease.
We are here to help you protect your dental health and your overall health. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your next visit.