Good dental health has long been associated with good overall health. A checkup with our dental exam and cleaning expert can help ensure your mouth and body are healthy.
Dental exams and X-rays can sometimes reveal serious health conditions. Studies have demonstrated that those who receive regular cleanings and checkups have a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke compared to those who don’t receive adequate dental care. The bacteria associated with gum disease promote body-wide inflammation. Red, swollen gums may be the earliest warning that heart disease is on the horizon and can increase the risk by more than 50 percent.
Diabetes may also be identifiable through a routine dental exam. Diabetics frequently have a distinctively sweet-smelling breath, dry mouth and gum disease. Our dentist may advise anyone with these symptoms to seek further testing from a qualified physician.
A dental X-ray can reveal thinning bones. Osteoporosis is most commonly found in women who are post-menopausal, but other risk factors, including a family history and certain medications can make an individual more prone to bone density problems. Osteoporosis can also be linked to gum disease and tooth loss. If our dentist notes any signs of osteoporosis, further evaluation with your personal physician is advised.
Dental exams can also reveal stomach problems. Stomach acids due to repeated vomiting or gastroesophageal reflux disease erode dental enamel, which can make teeth more prone to sensitivity and other issues. Many people are unaware of reflux until their dentists mention the damage to their dental health. Because reflux is associated with esophageal cancer, those who have dental erosion due to reflux should seek medical care.
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