Oral health is one of the most neglected issues of our bodies, and that is apparent by the fright we attain whenever we have to force ourselves to go to the dentist because our oral problems have already much worsened. Apart from the fact that regular dental check-ups are absolutely important for your teeth and gum health, there are a great lot of other health issues that can be detected by your dentist – only by checking your mouth. Read on to find out about 5 such health conditions which affect your oral health too:
1. Diabetes – Bleeding, receding, dry gums, dry (less saliva than normal) mouth, and wiggly teeth; chronic bad breath and slow healing when you burn or cut your mouth, apart from being signs of extremely bad oral hygiene, can also indicate diabetes. Dentists recognize these signs and prescribe tests to see if other risk factors like high blood sugar content are involved.
2. Oral cancer – White and red lesions, usually on the tongue, the floor of the mouth, and the soft palate tissues in the back of the tongue are early indicators of oral cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The sooner they have detected the increased efficient treatment. These signs combined with other risk factors like smoking, tobacco chewing, heavy alcohol use etc. prove to be early warning signs for oral cancer.
3. Crohn’s disease- It is an inflammatory bowel disorder, that develops lesions in the mouth along with abdominal symptoms such as cramps and diarrhea. Since gastrointestinal disorders can be confused with regular acidity or bloating, your mouth is a sure-shot giveaway with swollen lips and dime-sized ulcers which look like canker sores on the inside of cheeks and lips.
4. Anemia- Signs of anemia which show up in our mouths are a smooth tongue with lesser of the regular papillae (the bumps which work as our taste buds), and a paler pink lining on the inside of the cheeks. Anemia goes undetected a lot of times but must be treated since it is one of the major causes for many associated diseases and the general weakness of the body.
5. Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease (GERD) – Stomach acid pH lower than vinegar, i.e. 5.5 or less can dissolve our tooth enamel, and cause erosive lesions near the back of the mouth. People with GERD have these symptoms along with a generally accompanying heartburn, as the acid pushes itself back through the esophagus and reaches the mouth. Keeping up with your dentist can put a check on this disease too.
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