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6 Medical Conditions Your Dentist May Discover

February 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — S. John salivonchik @ 12:58 am
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At your regular dental checkups, your dentist and hygienist clean your teeth and thoroughly examine your oral health. While some believe dentists only focus on oral health, it’s important to note that 90% of systemic health conditions show symptoms in the mouth. Therefore, your dentist may spot medical conditions affecting various parts of your body. Let’s explore six health issues dentists could find during routine visits.

#1: Oral Cancer

Oral cancer ranks as the sixth most prevalent cancer in the United States, affecting around 54,010 American adults annually. It can begin developing without noticeable symptoms, but during your routine dental checkup, your dentist conducts a thorough oral cancer screening, offering a vital opportunity for early detection and treatment. With prompt detection and treatment, the survival rate for this disease surpasses 80%.

#2: Diabetes

Gum disease can manifest symptoms like bleeding gums, dry mouth, and loose teeth. While inadequate oral hygiene commonly triggers it, individuals with diabetes face a heightened risk of developing this condition. If you maintain good oral hygiene yet still encounter these symptoms, your dentist might suggest a blood test. Your primary care physician can perform this test to assess the possibility of diabetes.

#3: Intense Stress

Persistent stress can compromise your immune system, increasing the risk of chronic gum inflammation and eventually resulting in gum disease. This ongoing damage to your gums can result in tooth looseness, bone deterioration, and potential tooth loss.

Additionally, anxiety can trigger bruxism, characterized by teeth grinding, often during sleep and unknowingly. Fortunately, your dentist can detect signs of tooth wear and may recommend a custom nightguard to address this issue.

#4: GERD

GERD, short for gastroesophageal reflux disease, occurs when small amounts of stomach acid flow back into the esophagus. While some may experience discomfort in the upper abdomen or heartburn, it can be challenging to detect when it happens during sleep.

Acid from the stomach can erode tooth enamel and create small lesions in the back of the mouth. Your dentist is adept at identifying these signs of acid reflux, allowing you to receive timely treatment.

#5: Heart Disease

Gums that are swollen, red, or bleeding may indicate gum disease, but they could also be a sign of heart disease. According to Harvard Medical School, individuals with gum disease are two to three times more likely to experience stroke, heart attack, or other cardiovascular problems. Detecting gum disease early not only simplifies treatment but also opens up the possibility of reversal.

#6: Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones, can often go undetected as it lacks external symptoms. However, dental X-rays can facilitate early detection of this condition, providing an opportunity for timely intervention and management.

Biannual dental checkups are crucial for preserving both oral and overall health. By regularly visiting your dentist twice a year, you can ensure the well-being of your smile and your entire body.

About the Practice

At Dr. S. John Salivonchik’s dental practice in Coplay, our dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional care for patients of all ages. We focus on ensuring comfortable and affordable treatment, collaborating closely with you to develop personalized plans tailored to your needs. Alongside addressing dental concerns, our regular checkups aim to detect early signs of medical issues for timely intervention and optimal health outcomes. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit Dr. Salivonchik’s website or contact our office at (610) 502-1545.

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