Health Problems Diagnosed by Dentists
If the eyes are the window to the soul, perhaps it can be said that the teeth are windows to your health. A dentist can often tell if you have certain health conditions just by examining your mouth. By examining your oral health, the dentist can also identify potential issues to help you make necessary changes to prevent the development of certain conditions as well.
Periodontal gum disease results in inflammation and bleeding of the gums as well as loosening of teeth. The bacteria can enter the blood, leading to risk of clots and plaque formation on blood vessel walls, increasing the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, or stroke. Those who are more prone to the development of mouth abscesses have an increased risk of heart attack. Also, bacteria can enter the heart leading to endocarditis, the infection and swelling of the heart's inner lining.
Uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to increased risk of infections and slower healing time. Frequent gum infections, as well as the development of periodontal disease might be a signal of diabetes.
Other conditions can be determined by checking oral health. These include:
• Alzheimer's Disease/dementia
• Eating disorders
• Digestive troubles
• Certain immune system disorders