Why Dental Exams Are a Must: What Your Dentist Can Detect – Part 2

In our previous post, we talked about how your dentists in Brooklyn can detect certain conditions just by Hand Holding Molarlooking into your mouth for a checkup. Here are four other conditions a dentist can detect.

Osteoporosis: Your dentist can spot this through how the bone supports the teeth. If the teeth aren’t being supported by the bone properly, it’s probably because of an onset of osteoporosis. For instance, loose teeth and a receding gum line are indicators of this.

Nighttime Reflux: A dentist can spot gastroesophageal reflux disease by looking at the upper back molars. If the enamel is eroded it is a sign that you have GERD. This condition often leads to the erosion of the esophagus and may lead to throat esophagus cancer if not treated.

Heart Problems: If you do not have proper oral hygiene, then it is possible that the bacteria that come from gum disease like periodontitis can actually travel to your heart from your mouth and contribute to coronary heart disease. Inflamed gums and loose teeth are possible warning signs that your heart is at risk.

Diabetes: Again if you have bleeding gums and loose teeth, these could also be a sign of diabetes. Since individuals who have diabetes heal slower, having an infection in the gums could worsen both the diabetes and your overall health as it ups your risk for heart problems.