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Digestive Issues Your Dentist Can Diagnose

Digestive Issues Your Dentist Can Diagnose

You may be surprised to know that your teeth and mouth can be indicators of things other than your oral health. Health issues located elsewhere in the body can have an effect on your teeth, tongue, and gums. In fact, it’s said that ninety percent of all systematic diseases show in some way through the mouth. Problems like swollen gums, mouth ulcers, and dry mouth can be indicative of pancreatic cancer, leukemia, kidney disease, and heart disease.

Here are a few more examples of health issues that can be discovered through a routine dental exam:

• Diabetes and metabolic conditions sometimes show through periodontitis, a severe gum disease.
• Eating disorders such as bulimia or acid reflux issues can erode the enamel from teeth.
• Ulcerative conditions of the intestines and digestive tract can cause ulcers to form in the mouth.
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, is associated with inflammation in the intestinal tract, and can lead to heightened pain response, as well as higher chances of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder.

Conversely, poor dental hygiene can lead to issues elsewhere in the body, as well. Harmful bacteria from your mouth may become ingested, and lead to inflammation problems. Patients with Crohn’s disease should pay close attention to their mouth, as well, as ulcer’s common with the disease can spread, and cause inflammation in the joints, eyes, skin, bile duct, and the mouth.

As the foods and liquids you consume begin the digestive process in the mouth, it makes sense to take special care and pay acute attention to your oral and dental health.

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