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Health Insights from Dental Check-Ups

When we think about the diseases that a dentist may notice, we usually think about gingivitis or periodontal disease. But while dentists may be the experts in all things oral health, they can actually discover other diseases and conditions that you wouldn’t expect.

Here are some of the many diseases that your dentist may be able to find – just from looking inside your mouth.

 Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases that dentists can find. Because individuals with diabetes tend to have receding gums, dry mouth, or excessive bleeding, those with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease. While many of these signs also appear in individuals who just aren’t taking proper care of their teeth and gums, they appear in diabetics because of their blood sugar levels.

Stress and Anxiety

A bit of stress and anxiety is common for most people, but your dentist may be able to tell if you’re going through a particularly difficult time. Because many people tend to grind their teeth when they are anxious – even if they don’t notice they are doing it – your teeth may be taking a beating if you’re having a particularly hard week. Grinding your teeth, known as bruxism, can cause cracking, chipping, or wearing down of your teeth.

Anemia

Anemia is a condition where your body is not circulating enough red blood cells. Because of this, your mouth may appear extremely pale and your tongue may have a smooth appearance – both things your dentist may pick up on when examining your mouth.

GERD

GERD, or gastrointestinal reflux disease, causes you to regurgitate stomach acid. Not only can this be damaging to your esophagus and mouth, but it can also hurt your teeth. Your dentist may notice that you suffer from GERD because the stomach acid can cause sores in the mouth or dissolve enamel.

Regular check-ups with your dentist are beneficial for your oral health and your overall health. If you are due for a cleaning, schedule an appointment at Dr. Anderson’s Kansas City, MO office today. As an expert in cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, and general dentistry, Dr. Anderson can serve your entire family’s needs.

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