Your Mouth Can Be A Warning Sign For Your Health

 

We go to different doctors for our bodies and mouths, so surely there’s a disconnect between the two, right? It seems like one of those unchallenged thoughts that never even cross our minds, but it couldn’t be more wrong.

At Precise Dental Of Houston we are firm believers that your mouth and body are connected. We also believe that your mouth can give us an accurate picture of your overall health too. Many problems in your body show up in your mouth – it’s the closest way for us to see inside your body!

It’s A Two-Way Relationship

Just as your mouth can show us problems in your body, so can your body suffer from problems in your mouth. Determining the root cause of a health problem can take several appointments, tests, and verifications to find the right answer but that doesn’t mean the easiest way to catch a problem isn’t by simple observation!

Problems like gum disease and tooth decay can contribute to other health problems, while at the same time can be a result of problems that existed before them. This is one of the reasons why regular appointments are so essential to good health – in many cases we can catch problems far before they’re serious so you can be treated faster and more easily!

How Your Mouth Reflects Your Health

There are a lot of conditions that show up in your mouth that are tied to other parts of your body. These are just some of the serious problems that can be noticed.

 

  • Endocardiosis and cardiovascular disease have both been linked to oral bacteria in the bloodstream. There are over 300 strains of bacteria living in your mouth, many of them harmful. If you develop gum disease or a cavity in a tooth reaches the root there is the possibility of the bacteria causing those infections reaching your bloodstream. Once there it’s only a matter of time before they start causing problems. If you suffer from gum disease you should be sure your physician knows – they may want to keep an eye on your heart!
  • Diabetes is a huge risk factor for gum disease. If you’re suffering from an advanced case of gum disease it wouldn’t hurt to be checked for diabetes either. On the opposite side of that, if you have diabetes and don’t yet have gum disease it would pay to be diligent about brushing, flossing, and seeing us at our Houston office!
  • HIV/AIDS often shows up as sores in your mouth. If you’ve had any lesions in your mouth or on your tongue you may need to see your doctor.
  • Osteoporosis doesn’t just affect the bones in other parts of your body – it affects your teeth and jaw bone as well! Patients who suffer from osteoporosis often lose teeth prematurely or in the absence of other conditions. This is usually due to the loss of bone around the teeth.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease has been linked to tooth loss that happens prior to the age of 35. In fact, dementia and memory loss of any kind have been tied to early tooth loss. If you’re worried that you’ve lost a tooth prematurely and don’t have any other signs of illness or disease it isn’t a bad idea to see the doctor!

None Of These Are Definite

While all of these conditions could show up in your mouth it doesn’t mean that these signs or symptoms are necessarily indicative of them. In many cases the problem is ultimately harmless or completely unrelated to these devastating conditions.

The best way to treat any serious illness is with early detection and diagnosis, which is what we can do with regular exams and cleanings at Precise Dental Of Houston. When you get an exam with us we screen you for oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and any other condition that could manifest itself in your mouth.

If you want to truly rule out mundane causes for some of the above problems you need to practice great dental care at home. That includes brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time and flossing every night.

Don’t Miss A Diagnosis – Call Today!

Whether you’re healthy or are worried about an oral health symptom there’s only one way to know you’re in good shape: with an appointment at our Houston office.

Commit to great oral – and bodily – health by scheduling an appointment today at 832-548-9805 or by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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