5 Health Concerns Revealed by Teeth and Gums

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5 Health Concerns Revealed by Our Teeth and Gums Here in the Triangle

When Dr. Saltzman does his oral examination, clues to other health concerns sometimes are evident. This is one reason he wants to know what medications a patient is taking, and what other health issues are present. This information might appear unconnected to dental health, but scientists continue to find new links between oral care and overall health. To keep his patients at optimal health, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, the Triangle’s trusted family and cosmetic dentist, compiled just a few of the health conditions he may suspect when patients come for a checkup.

These five health concerns often can be identified with a comprehensive dental exam:

  • Anemia: Anemia is a condition marked by a problem with red blood cells; there could be an insufficient number of cells or they could be lacking enough hemoglobin. Someone with anemia is not receiving enough oxygen. Anemia causes the gums to appear pale and may make the tongue swollen and smooth.
  • Heart disease: Researchers have yet to determine the exact reason heart disease and gum disease are linked. However, data shows that people with gum disease are about 20 percent more likely to have heart disease or stroke.
  • Eating disorders: Stomach acid eats away at tooth enamel. Eating disorders prompt some people to intentionally vomit up food they’ve just eaten. Other signs of the disorder include bad breath and swelling in the throat and mouth.
  • Diabetes: Bad breath and bleeding gums can be signs of undiagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes. Because diabetes increases the risk of gum disease, regular professional dental care is crucial to maintain dental health.
  • Osteoporosis: Annual dental x-rays might be the first clue that a patient is losing bone mass, a sign of osteoporosis. X-rays show not only the condition of teeth, but also the bones that hold the teeth in place.

Regular professional dental cleanings and a thorough at-home dental routine help keep both the mouth and the body at optimal health. If it’s time for an exam or cleaning, call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to make an appointment.

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