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10 Non-Dental Medical Issues Your Dentist Might Discover

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10 Non-Dental Medical Issues Your Dentist Might Discover

When you get to the dental chair, your dentist is not just looking for cavities and gum disease. Our dental experts at Vita Dental Spring are also looking for other illnesses that are not related to your dental health. Here are some of the issues we may identify in patients when they visit Vita Dental Spring.

Crohn’s disease

Up to 20 percent of patients that have inflammatory bowel disorder will develop lesions in the mouth. This may at times even precede abdominal symptoms like diarrhea and cramps. According to a study in 2010, scientists said that if the signs were seen in the mouth, the dentist would request for x-rays. They will also ask about medical history and medication. If there is no explanation for the symptoms in the mouth, the dentist will advise you to see your doctor.

Diabetes

Receding gums, bleeding gums, dry mouth, and wiggling teeth are symptoms of people with diabetes. These people are also more likely to get gum disease. However, these symptoms could also be a sign of poor dental hygiene. If the dentist thinks you have good oral hygiene, he or she will ask for a blood test.

Oral health and managing diabetes are closely linked. Patients that take good care of gums and teeth may have better control of their blood sugar. If the blood sugar is better controlled, it reduces the chances of gum disease developing.

Oral cancer

Oral cancer is sixth most prevalent cancer in the US. There are about 30,000 cases reported each year. Regular visits to a dental clinic such as Vita Dental Spring can help to catch it in the early stages. When caught in the early stages, the survival rate for this cancer is about 80 percent. It is especially important to get oral cancer screening if you drink a lot and smoke a lot.

Anemia

If the lining of your mouth is very pale, the dentist might recommend a test for anemia. This is a situation where the body does not have enough blood cells. Besides that, anemia can cause the tongue to lose the bumpy texture that it has and become quite smooth.

GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease)

Stomach acid has a pH lower than vinegar. However, if it regurgitates into the mouth, it may start to dissolve the tooth enamel. The result is that there will be erosive lesion near the back of your mouth. While most people with GERD will recognize it, some patients only experience it when sleeping. Thus, they may never know it.

Intense stress

You certainly know that you have had a tough week but your mouth can tell you just how stressed you are. Many people will grind their teeth, called bruxism, as a response to stress. This can wear down the teeth and chip them badly. Most people grind their teeth when they sleep and they may not even know it. He or she can give you a night guard, which will help stop the wearing of your teeth. He could also advise you to seek for help to treat your stress. Besides affecting your teeth, stress is generally bad for your general health. If ignored, it could cause you to incur huge medical bills with time over other illnesses.

Osteoporosis

Bone disease is hard to detect since there are no symptoms. This means that most people will not know that they have it until the bone fracture and they go for bone density tests. However, if you take an annual trip to the dentist, it may help to discover it before things get too bad. While osteoporosis will not cause changes in the teeth, it will affect the supporting bone. This could lead to receding gum lines and many other symptoms that our Vita Dental Spring experts can identify.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis will usually cause joint pain and swelling. However, in the early stages, it may appear in the mouth, especially when it affects young people. Patients will complain of swollen jaws and an achy jaw, which makes it hard to open the mouth. This could be a sign of early onset rheumatoid arthritis. This is because the disease does not just affect the joints of your limbs; it will attack any joint in the body.

Heart Disease

Bleeding, red, and swollen gums could be a sign of heart disease. In fact, if you have gum disease, it could put you at high risk for heart disease. However, the link has yet to be fully established. Nevertheless, your dentist may recommend that you get screened for heart disease if you often have gum disease.

HIV

One of the earliest signs that you have HIV is dark spots that appear inside your mouth, on your gums, tongue, and the inside of your cheeks. If the dentist sees these signs, he will advise you to seek treatment. With early intervention, the illness can be managed.

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