When you go to the dentist, you are probably thinking more about the health of your teeth than anything else. While this may be your dentist’s main focus, your oral health can say a whole lot about how the rest of your body is doing. It can even show signs of certain medical problems that you may not even know that you have. Here are just some of the many conditions that your dentist in Clintonville could discover before anyone else.
This issue is incredibly common. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), anemia affects about 1.62 billion people in the whole world. This mean that approximately 24.8% of the global population has anemia. This is a condition that happens when your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells circulating. Sometimes, this can be detected by your dentist because it can cause the lining of the soft tissues in your mouth to appear very pale. Your tongue may even lose its bumpy texture.
There are many different signs that you have Crohn’s disease that can become apparent in the mouth. If your dentist finds that you have swollen lips with a dime sized ulcer on the inside of the cheeks, this could mean that you have the condition. Most of the time this ulcer has a white center with a red halo. If your dentist believes that Crohn’s disease could be the cause, they will likely recommend that you see your family doctor to get this issue looked at.
People who have diabetes are much more likely to develop gum disease than someone who does not have the condition. Because of this, if your dentist notices that a patient has signs of periodontal disease like bleeding, inflammation, wiggly teeth, or gum recession, this could be a sign that diabetes is the culprit. However, because gum disease can also be caused by poor oral hygiene, diabetes isn’t always something that is contributing to it. If your dentist suspects diabetes, they will probably recommend that you get a blood test from your primary care doctor.
There aren’t very many noticeable symptoms of this condition so many people don’t realize that they have it until they experience a bone fracture or take a bone density test. But if you go to the dentist, they may be able to pick up on this by noticing jawbone shrinkage. This same loss of density could be occurring in other areas of the body because of osteoporosis.
Swollen, bleeding gums could point to heart disease. Gum disease can put patients at higher risk for both coronary artery disease and heart disease. Bacteria in the mouth has the ability to travel to the heart and form blood clots or build up plaque in the arteries.
Your regular checkups are about much more than just your teeth. You never know what your dentist could discover about you.
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is a firm believer in continuing education in order to stay up to date and expand his knowledge in the field. He is currently a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. For more information on regular dental checkups or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (614) 262-4150.