Biannual dental visits are not only an essential part of your oral health. In fact, visiting a dentist in Richardson regularly is a great way to stay on top of your overall health as well. A majority of systemic diseases contain markers that start in the mouth, so your dentist is actually uniquely equipped to catch disease before your general doctor, assuming you only visit a general doctor once a year.
By visiting a dentist twice a year, you can catch the following five diseases before they do significant damage without your knowledge.
There are many signs of osteoporosis your dentist can find by simply performing a basic preliminary exam and X-rays during your visit. They also suspect it if you come into the office due to your denture not fitting properly.
The most common signs of osteoporosis include having bone loss in the jaw, bone loss around the teeth, tooth loss, and gum disease.
People with diabetes have irregular blood glucose levels, therefore making them more susceptible to infections in general. However, many of these infections can appear in the form of gum abscesses or fungal infections such as oral thrush. They may also experience a higher rate of gum disease, tooth decay, mouth ulcers, and taste disturbances than the average patient.
Crohn’s Disease (IBS)
While cavities and gum disease can be caused by Crohn’s disease, the most common sign is chronic mouth sores. These are also known as aphthous ulcers, or canker sores, and typically appear in the lower lip and gums. They can also appear on the edges or base of the tongue and inside the cheeks.
While doctors don’t know the exact connection, it’s believed that the inflammation IBS causes could be a contributing factor.
According to studies from the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, people with dementia are more likely to have oral health issues. These issues can range from high amounts of dental plaque to multiple issues with oral soft tissue. There may also be gingival bleeding, periodontal pockets, and chronic dry mouth due to reduced salivary flow.
Stomatitis, a condition that causes painful swelling and sores inside the mouth, can also appear.
Since the condition affects the joints, the temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) needs to be closely examined to confirm that rheumatoid arthritis is present. This condition can also cause inflammation that damages the glands that secrete salivary fluids, leading to chronic dry mouth. Other symptoms include cavities, difficulty eating, tooth loss, and oral ulcers.
Have you had a dental visit recently? By scheduling a visit with a Richardson dentist today, you can gain the peace of mind that no systemic diseases are present!
About the Author
Dr. David Nguyen earned his DDS degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He offers preventive treatments and oral exams of all ages, ensuring that no underlying conditions are causing oral health issues you may be experiencing. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.