Health Conditions Your Dentist Can Spot

health conditions your dentist can spotYou know that your dentist can find cavities and other issues related to your mouth, but did you know that they may be able to spot other diseases related to the rest of your body? We’ve been told that our oral health is related to our overall health.  Here are some of the health conditions your dentist can spot.

Diabetes – When a patient has periodontitis, or inflammation around the gums, your dentist may refer you for a diabetes evaluation.  Dentists worry when someone who has an otherwise clean healthy mouth still has a periodontal problem.  Another common sign dentists look for is bad breath.

Heart disease – People with periodontal disease are more likely to develop heart disease.  If periodontal disease is treated, heart disease is greatly improved.

Dementia – A British study found that lack of teeth is associated with mental decline.  It found that adults with poor dental hygiene were 76 percent more likely to develop dementia.

Osteoporosis – Your dentist may be able to spot bone loss in the surrounding structures of your teeth, like the jaw. Healthy bone should be dense both at the edges and the interior, and when it’s not, the patient is more likely to have osteoporosis.

Acid reflux disease – If you have acid reflux disease, the constant uprising of stomach acid wears away at your tooth enamel. Dentists look for this erosion especially at the front lower teeth.

Heart Disease, Brittle Bone, and Other Scary Diseases Your Dentist Can Spot|Yahoo Health