Because our goal is to be the best dental practitioners we can be, it is important to stay on top of the signs and symptoms our patients display when they come in for their regular check-ups. Knowing what to look for will not only save a patient from future dental issues but can also come into play with their overall health. Our mouth the first line of defense against lots of bacteria entering our bodies that can lead to other health issues, so keep these signs and symptoms in mind while examining your patients. Understanding these subtle clues will not only make you a great dental practitioner, but will also build a long-lasting trust with your patients:
- Heart disease. Bright red or purple gums.
- Type 2 diabetes. Bleeding gums sensitive to touch without noticeable plaque.
- Kidney disease. Breath has sweet ammonia-like smell.
- Acid reflux. Worn down teeth where acid settles while in the sleeping position.
- Oral cancer. Gums and oral tissues with white spots lasting at least two weeks.
- Leukemia. Bright red and swollen gums; differentiated from diabetes via blood test.
- Osteoporosis. Black spots that denote air pockets and dead bone.
- Stress. Cracked teeth or gums that have contracted away from teeth.
- Sleep apnea. Swollen gums and tongue in areas which air passes through.
- Pregnancy. Swollen gums could imply hormonal changes.
- Bulimia. Paper-thin front teeth and worn enamel; affects different teeth than acid reflux.
As you can see, the mouth can display ailments are not even related to the mouth or mouth areas. Early detection of multiple diseases and health problems can often be life-saving.
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