Your eyes may be the mirrors of your soul, but your mouth is a genuine reflection of your overall health. Through regular dental check-ups, dentists may be able to ward off oral health problems that can possibly lead to other health problems. They also might be able to detect signs of other health problems that manifest in the oral cavity.
Research has shown links between oral health and the following major health issues:
The type of plaque found on your teeth has the same chemical make-up the as the plaque that builds up inside your arteries leading to cardiovascular disease. In fact, studies have concluded that those who have periodontal, or gum disease, as a result of plaque buildup have twice the risk of heart disease than those without. It is not clear, however, if periodontal disease is a direct cause of heart disease.
Diabetes is a condition caused by the body’s inability to regulate glucose levels in the blood. Unfortunately, if your diabetes is not under control, it can lead to all sorts of other health complications, including oral health issues. Unchecked levels of glucose in the blood can lead to high levels in the saliva, which means a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease and fungal infection.
As part of your regular check-ups, your dentist should be screening you for oral cancer. Obvious signs include redness, bleeding, swelling and lesions in the oral cavity. Many dentists also screen for thyroid, jaw bone and even skin cancer.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a disease or if you’re pregnant, you should inform your dentist so that he or she can modify your dental care as it relates to that condition. Oftentimes, your body’s immune system is compromised because of the disease or because of medications you take to treat it, which could lead to oral health issues.
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
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