Did you know that your dentist can reveal general health concerns when examining your teeth and gums? It’s true; the state of your oral health can correlate to a number of health problems including stress, malnourishment, and increased risks for conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
The state of your teeth could indicate that you’re not taking in the nutrients you need. If your tooth enamel is weak or if your teeth are brittle, it could mean that you are not receiving enough essential nutrients such as Vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus. Moreover, if you are prone to developing cracked lips and ulcers, you might be deficient in B Vitamins, too.
Increased Risks for Cardiovascular Conditions
If you have signs of gum (periodontal) disease, you might have increased risks for developing heart problems. Research has shown that there are links between poor periodontal health and cardiovascular disease. Having gum disease increases a patient’s risk for stroke, too.
Worn dentition, brittle teeth, and damage to tooth enamel could be indicators that a person is overly stressed. Many people bear down on their teeth in times of stress and anxiety. Excessive clenching and grinding of teeth can wear them down and increase the risks for dental injuries and tooth decay.
People who struggle with bulimia can develop weak teeth. In fact, a large percentage of bulimia sufferers develop tooth enamel erosion.
This is caused by the acids from stomach bile making contact with teeth on a regular basis. Strong acids erode tooth enamel by stripping away its mineral content.
Heightened Risks for Diabetes
Poor dental health correlates to increased risks for diabetes. Cavities, for example, can be caused by excessive sugar intake. Sugar consumption is a contributing factor in the development of type II diabetes.
Poor oral health can be managed with professional care. We offer holistic dentistry, preventive care, restorative dentistry, and periodontal therapy to improve your oral health and overall wellbeing.
Call Kozlow & Rowell Dentistry today to reserve a checkup with our dentist.