If Your Teeth Could Talk: Clues to Underlying Health Issues

If Your Teeth Could Talk: Clues to Underlying Health Issues

north Dallas dentistDid you know there’s a correlation between oral health and the overall health of your body? Many oral health concerns coincide with chronic health conditions like stroke, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. You might be surprised what regular checkups with our dentist can reveal.

The state of our teeth can tell us a lot about our oral health. Following are interesting facts that might surprise you.

GERD/Acid Reflux

GERD and acid reflux lead to an acidic environment in the oral cavity. Acid is quite dangerous to teeth as it erodes their enamel surface. Although tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, strong acids can permanently damage it.

If your teeth show signs of significant enamel loss, it might be a sign that you have GERD or acid reflux.

Cardiovascular Disease

Plaque buildup could indicate an increased risk for cardiovascular health issues. Similarly, gingival inflammation associated with plaque accumulation could also increase the risks for developing cardiovascular conditions.

Eating Disorders

Common eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia can affect your oral health and your teeth. For those who struggle with anorexia, their teeth may show signs of malnutrition. Those who struggle with bulimia tend to have significant enamel loss as the cycle of purging exposes teeth to strong acids used to digest food.

Vitamin Deficiency

Certain vitamin deficiencies can lead to weakened teeth. Getting enough of vitamins A and D is essential to maintaining healthy tooth enamel. Vitamin deficiencies can affect other parts of the oral health system. Cracked lips, inflamed gums, and oral ulcers could be a sign of vitamin B deficiency.

Protecting your oral health and overall wellness requires diligent attention at home through your oral hygiene routine. You should brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss every night before bed. You should also visit the dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months. Frequent checkups can detect potential concerns in their earliest stages while professional cleanings help control the surface debris that contributes to the development of oral disease.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam, contact our office today.