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Your Mouth Is a Report Card for Your Health | New York, NY

A mouth can tell a lot about a person’s overall health, not just dental health. A lot of non-oral health issues have manifestations in the mouth or mouth area. The following are a few examples of why dentists should remember that their job is not only about filling cavities, but also about understanding the clues the mouth gives about the overall health of a patient:

Heart disease. Bright red or purple gums

Type 2 diabetes. Bleeding gums sensitive to touch although there is no noticeable plaque

Kidney disease. Breath has sweet ammonia-like smell; very noticeable and pronounced

Acid reflux. Worn down teeth and teeth affected, depending on where acid settles while person is in sleeping position

Oral cancer. Gums and oral tissues with white spots; MUST last for at least two weeks or more

Leukemia. Bright red and swollen gums; differentiated from diabetes via blood test

Osteoporosis. Black spots that denote air pockets and dead bone; show up on X-rays

Stress. Cracked teeth or gums that have contracted away from teeth (can develop into infection)

Sleep apnea. Swollen gums and tongue in areas which air passes through

Pregnancy. Swollen gums could imply hormonal changes

Bulimia. Paper-thin front teeth; most enamel worn down; different from acid reflux since it affects different teeth

As you can see, the mouth can display ailments are not even related to the mouth or mouth areas. That is why dentists must be fully trained to know what these signs are and what they mean. Early detection of multiple diseases and health problems can often be life-saving.

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Signs and Symptoms of Future Health Issues | New York, NY

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.

If you are interested in patient-driven treatment options, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

Aesthetic Advantage proudly serves New York, Atlanta, Florida, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Boston, Rhode Island, California, South Carolina, North Carolina and all surrounding areas.