Mouth and Body Connection
Your oral health is connected to your overall health. Early detection of serious medical conditions occurs every day in the dental office. More than 120 diseases can cause specific signs and symptoms in and around the mouth and jaw.
Health problems with oral indicators that can potentially be identified through a dental exam include:
Oral Cancer - can affect any part of your mouth, including gums, cheeks, tongue and lips
Diabetes - diabetics are more likely to experience periodontal destruction - dry mouth, distinctive breath odor, burning tongue, high rate of tooth decay, inflammation and infections in the mouth
Heart Disease - there is a correlation between early indicators of gum disease and atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up inside the arteries and causes coronary artery disease
Other medical conditions with oral indicators - kidney failure, anemia, anorexia nervosa and bulimia, and deficient immune system (HIV Positive). Read more about the symptoms.
While not a health condition, when a woman becomes pregnant, there are drastic changes in her hormone levels. These changes can seriously affect a woman's dental hygiene and can intensify dental disease. Learn more.