Your oral health is directly connected to your overall health. In fact, during oral examinations, our team of dentists can recognize signs of health conditions based on the health and appearance of your teeth. In addition to your teeth providing clues regarding your general wellbeing, the health of your mouth also indicates whether you are properly caring for your teeth and gums.
The concept of oral health being linked to general health has been researched extensively in the medical community. Scientists and medical researchers have produced evidence that many dental conditions negatively affect or directly contribute to the development of systemic ailments. For example, inflammation and infection of the gums (periodontal disease) is capable of entering the bloodstream. General conditions contribute to dental problems as well. Patients with diabetes possess a higher risk for developing gum disease.
During a dental examination, if your teeth appear to be cracked or crumbling, your dentist may encourage you to see a gastroenterologist. This is because when teeth begin to crack and crumble, there are strong acids present in the mouth on a regular basis. Acids erode tooth enamel, the protective coating around teeth. Most of the time, this frequent exposure to strong acid reflects a stomach condition such as acid reflux (GERD). Exposure to acid can also make teeth appear more translucent, which is an indicator of enamel loss. Our team may recommend prescription-strength fluoride treatments to help strengthen tooth enamel and help protect your teeth from decay.
Flat, worn down teeth typically signify stress, anxiety, or psychological trauma in a patient’s life. When teeth are worn down and possess flat surfaces, this means that patients are clenching and grinding their teeth, often unknowingly because it usually occurs during sleep. If your dentist suspects that you are grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw during sleep, you might benefit from a prescription mouth guard to protect your teeth at night. Our team may also recommend relaxation techniques to help you manage stress and anxiety, too.
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