Having regular dental checkups is vital to your oral health. Not only because it keeps your smile in healthy and beautiful condition, but because there are many other health conditions your dentist, Dr. Edwards, can discover, which can improve your overall body health.
One condition your dentist may be able to help with is your heart conditions. Did you know, gum disease can also be a warning of heart disease? Well, it’s true! Bacteria in the mouth forms as a result of gum disease. This bacteria can travel through your body and into your heart. While bacteria moves through your body, your levels of bacteria can increase and create clots or plaque build-up in your arteries which results in triggering heart problems. That is why it is essential to keep your dental checkups on a regular six-month schedule.
Diabetes is another health threat that grows each year. Did you know, it is considered the fastest growing health threat in the UK and is estimated that more than 5 million people live with this condition every single day? Having a poor diet can cause a sea of raging health risks, and foods high in sugars are known to cause damage to your teeth. Signs of diabetes include gum disease, bleeding gums, and severe enamel erosion. All of these symptoms pose a threat to your smile and overall health.
Stress and anxiety is also a condition that millions of people suffer from each day. Many patients express this while they sleep at night, clenching their teeth or teeth grinding. This situation is known as Bruxism. Most people are not aware of the condition until someone they love tells them they do this in their sleep. Bruxism can cause your teeth enamel to dwindle and sometimes lead to increased tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss. That is why it is essential to get your smile checked and helped if you suffer from Bruxism.
There are some health conditions that people hide from the world. Even their closest loved ones. These conditions can appear in the form of eating disorders, especially bulimia. Dentists are trained to spot enamel erosion inside the teeth. When this enamel erosion occurs in some regions of the teeth, it is a sign of forced vomiting. Acids can cause wear and tear in your enamel. Having your dentist give you a checkup and cleaning can help keep your body healthy and smile healthy while struggling through this disorder. Remember, it is always important to seek help with any health condition.
If your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells, this can lead to excessive tiredness, a weakened immune system, and shortness of breath. This is also a condition called anemia. You can see this indicator for this condition in the color of your skin around your mouth or the texture of your tongue. If your tongue appears smooth, then that could be a key indicator you have this condition.
As you can see, there are many serious health concerns that your dentist could spot and talk to you about before they become too disastrous. Your smile is the first line of defense in keeping your body safe and healthy. If you have questions about your oral health, please call us today at 661-254-4000. Our team is always happy to help you!