Health Problems Your Dentist Can Diagnose

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Did you know that your teeth can tell us a lot about your general health? Studies have long demonstrated a link between dental and overall health, but some general health problems can show up first in your mouth. They cause oral symptoms that may be ignored or dismissed as dental issues, but catching them early with a routine checkup can help you get the care you need to get your body’s health on track.

Problems that your dentist can spot in a checkup include:

Heart disease
Red, inflamed gums signal the presence of periodontal disease, and the bacteria associated with periodontal disease are also associated with heart problems. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, it might be a good time to talk to your doctor. You will also need a professional cleaning and other treatments to get your gums healthy again.

Diabetes
Periodontal disease, loose teeth and bad breath can all be indicative of diabetes.

Dementia
Cognitive decline is common with age, and early dementia may not be as noticeable as the changes in dental hygiene that accompany it. Neglected teeth, skipped dental appointments and difficulty maintaining a good dental hygiene routine may all indicate the need for further investigation.

Eating disorders
The nutritional deficits of eating disorders can show up in your mouth as poor gum health, cavities, dry mouth, bleeding gums and acid erosion. Acid reflux can also have similar symptoms.

Osteoporosis
This disease is caused by weakened, fragile bones, and the thinning bones can first show up in the jaw, which supports the teeth. You may have a receding gum line, loose teeth or a change in bite.

Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dental exam dentist in Huntington Beach.