What your mouth says about the rest of your body

Is There a Link Between Your Oral Health and General Health?

When it comes to your oral health, dentists can garner a major insight just by looking at your teeth.

In fact, one dentist successfully diagnosed pregnancy on a woman even before her obstetrician had! Your mouth is the door to the rest of your body, which is why it is vitally important to maintain the health of your teeth and gums to preserve the health of your body. At Tewantin Dental, we can provide a thorough assessment of your teeth and determine a course of action either to help restore or maintain the health and appearance of your smile.

The health of your teeth and gums are affected by so many different factors, which allows highly trained dentists to pinpoint particular health issues not only in your mouth but in the rest of your body. Below is a list of things that your dentist might be able to spot as a result of examining your teeth and gums.

Your Gums Display Your Iron Levels

If your gums are very light in colour (pale pink or white) this can actually be a sign on anaemia. According to the American Dental Association, iron deficiency can cause a loss of colour to the gums. Your dentist will assess the health of your gums during your check-up, and can also spot the emergence of problems such as gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease.

Anti-Depressants Can Cause Cavities

Though anti-depressants such as Prozac and Zoloft can offer a great help to those who suffer from mental health issues, in some cases they can cause a dramatic decrease in saliva production. Your saliva actually acts as a protective barrier for your teeth, and can in turn help to prevent the emergence of cavities. To counteract this, you can simply opt to use a saliva substitute or spray to help protect the health of your teeth.

Chron’s Disease Can Be Identified From the Mouth

Some autoimmune diseases, such as Chron’s disease and lupus, can cause the emergence of sore red spots in the mouth. If left untreated, they can progress into mouth ulcers, however, they usually do respond well to treatment. Your dentist will be able to assess the state of health your mouth is in and proceed with the right course of action for you.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease Has Been Linked to Heart Disease

Though the cause-and-effect is yet to be discovered, many studies have found that patients who suffer from heart disease were also highly likely to suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers found that the bacteria that causes plaque in the mouth, was also found in arteries in the heart. This plaque can cause a blockage in the artery and ultimately cause a heart attack.

Tewantin Dental Centre Noosa

Your oral health doesn’t just affect your mouth; it affects your whole body. By maintaining a good oral hygiene routine through brushing twice daily, and flossing once a day, you can help to prevent the build-up of plaque and the effects of periodontal disease. Need more advice, or due for a checkup? Arrange an appointment with our friendly team to see your dentist in Noosa. To book an appointment for a general check-up with us at Tewantin Dental Centre, contact us today.