Check Your Mouth to Check Your Health

Woman showing her teeth she got straightened with Invisalign in Engelwood CoDid you know that there are many diseases with oral manifestations? Many times these may first present themselves in your mouth. So it’s a good idea to check your mouth for any early signs of these diseases. So what are some of the diseases?

Diabetes

Over 25 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes. Because it’s associated with high levels of blood sugar and is known to lower resistance to infection, it may increase the chance of the following:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Taste impairment
  • Inflammatory skin disease
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Changes in teeth position

Oral Cancer

Your dentist will be checking for oral cancer at your regular check up. Some of the indicators include:

  • Sores that bleed easily or do not heal
  • Crusted, rough areas of skin
  • Lumps or thick hard spots
  • Red, brown, or white patches
  • Changes in the lymph nodes
  • Tenderness or pain, numbness inside the mouth
  • Changes in the way the teeth fit together

If you have a history of smoking, using smokeless tobacco, or drinking heavily then you are at higher risk for developing oral cancer. Don’t put of your dental exams!

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, physically damage both your oral and overall health. Some of the symptoms people with an eating disorder can include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Dry mouth
  • Thin, sensitive teeth
  • Loss of tooth enamel
Alcohol Use Disorders

Alcohol use disorders can severely impact your oral health. Dentists treating patents with alcohol abuse problems may observe the following signs and symptoms:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth erosion
  • Moderate to severe gingivitis
  • Gum irregularities
  • Poor dental hygiene

Regularly scheduled dental exams allow dentists to detect or monitor these diseases. Remember, maintaining a healthy body includes taking care of your oral health.

If you live in the Englewood Colorado area and would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 303-781-0624.