What Your Oral Health Says About Your Overall Health
Posted on April 26, 2016 in General Dentistry
It may surprise you how much the condition of your teeth, gums, and oral hygiene can say about your overall health. During a thorough oral evaluation, our dentist, Michael Kosdon, DDS, is able to detect signs and symptoms of significant health issues presented within the mouth. Many health problems express unique characteristics and changes that can be like red flags, indicating a problem elsewhere in the body. For this reason and many others, it is important to attend regularly scheduled exams with your dentist.
Health problems and conditions that often manifest symptoms observable in the oral cavity include:
- Acid reflux
- Eating disorders
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
Should Dr. Kosdon encounter any suspicious or worrisome findings during your exam, he may further discuss them with you and suggest following up with your physician. It is imperative to your health and well-being to make regular visits to your general practitioner and dentist. Furthermore, with most illnesses and diseases, early detection is key to successful treatment, so when your dentist or physician makes a concerning find, it is wise to undergo any suggested testing to rule out or diagnose potential health challenges. Your dental and overall health are closely intertwined, and developing beneficial habits, taking preventative care measures, and seeking swift, effective treatment when necessary is the best way to maintain a healthy smile and body.