At each and every new doctor’s office or hospital you go to you
are required to fill out a medical history form stating your medical conditions. This information is something that dentists are finding to be more and more relevant in patient treatment. Research is showing that there are many connections between medical conditions and oral health. Some diseases cause symptoms that manifest in the mouth while others can worsen an already existing oral problem.
Here are some medical conditions that affect oral health:
- Type 2 Diabetes: Red, swollen gums is a trademark for periodontal disease. People who have Diabetes are three times more likely to develop periodontitis and it can also make the blood sugar harder to control.
- Stress: An oral habit related to stress is to clench and grind your teeth. Not getting a hold of your mental anxieties can really play a toll on your teeth physically. Clenching and grinding your teeth can cause wearing through the enamel and into the sensitive dentin layer. This could lead to a root canal. A constant and repetitive clenching can crack and break teeth.
- Osteoporosis: Naturally, teeth are rooted firmly into the jaw bone. It’s normal for bone levels to recede a little bit after the loss of a tooth, but low bone mineral density can exasperate this problem causing loose teeth and ill-fitting dentures.
- Anorexia/Bulimia: According to the National Eating Disorders Association, anorexia can cause nutrient deficiencies in B vitamins, iron, and calcium which lead to tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth and canker sores. With Bulimia, the stomach acid from vomiting erodes tooth enamel, causing tooth sensitivity and yellowing of the teeth.
Here are some oral symptoms that could be from medical conditions:
- Bad Breath: If you have a pretty successful oral hygiene routine, but still seem to have bad breath, then that could be a sign that there is something else going on like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Dry Mouth: Those many medications are to blame for most people with an overly dry mouth, this could also be a sign of an auto-immune disease. Sjogren’s syndrome attacks the glands that make saliva which can cause these extremely dry conditions leading to increased cavity production.
If you aren’t sure about the state of your oral health or are experiencing some of the symptoms listed above, it may be time to see your dentist. He or she may ask you about your health history and any medical conditions you currently have. Always be sure to update your health history at your next dentist appointment if something has changed. You never know what information may help your dentist in finding a diagnosis!
Call our office in Boise, Idaho today to get a free consultation with Dr. Dave. (208) 402-1040