Your teeth are certainly a reflection of your overall health. In fact, many aspects of your dental health can be directly attributed to the state of your dental health.
Like a forensic scientist, your dentist can tell a lot about the state of your health based on the condition of your teeth. Many common health conditions are known to have side effects that can impact your teeth. While you are probably aware of your health conditions, your dentist can help to explain how those conditions may change the way that you care for your teeth.
There are many underlying medical conditions that can be diagnosed very early during your routine dental exams. At each visit, should any unexplained dental condition be identified, you may be advised to contact your physician for further investigation.
A disorder as common as acid reflux or GERD can contribute to acid erosion on the teeth as well as unpleasant breath. As the enamel becomes eroded, you may notice sensitive teeth or an increase in tooth decay. This type of erosion is also commonly seen in patients who suffer from eating disorders such as bulimia.
There are hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are known to cause chronic dry mouth. Without an adequate saliva flow, even normal eating and speaking can become painful. The lips and tongue may feel sticky or sore, and the teeth are more susceptible to cavities.
Patients who are diagnosed with a large number of cavities can typically look to their diets for answers to their dental problems. Consuming soft drinks, fruit juices, power drinks, and sweetened coffees throughout the day instantly increases your risk for cavities. Many adults who choose to sip drinks at their desks or during breaks are surprised that they develop far more cavities than they had ever experienced as children!
What do your teeth say about your health? If you are unsure of the answer, contact Plano Smile Studio at 972-398-2550 for a thorough examination today.