Regular oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist are important not only for the health of that region, but also for the health of the whole organism.
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Our oral cavity reveals a lot about the general health of the body, and often the first symptoms of certain diseases can appear in this area.
Even if you are dealing with diseases that have no points of contact with dentistry, it is true that your dentist can alert you and send you for further analysis.
Here are the diseases that can be (re) detected in the oral cavity:
About 20 percent of people with Crohn’s disease develop mouth sores. This symptom may appear before the signs that we usually associate with this disease, such as severe stomach cramps and frequent diarrhea.
Sometimes, swollen lips and small wounds on the inside of the cheeks can even be a symptom of Crohn’s disease.
Bleeding gums, dry mouth and gnashing of teeth are quite common problems in diabetics. In general, there is an increased risk of gum disease in people with diabetes.
In the case of oral cancer, it is not surprising that dentists often notice the first signs. It is a common form of cancer, but the probability of successful treatment is high if the disease is detected early enough.
Typical symptoms of this cancer are usually white and red wounds that usually appear on the tongue or in the soft tissue under the tongue.
People often don’t feel the pain at first, but they themselves find it hard to notice those injuries. People who belong to risk groups, such as smokers or those who consume cold alcohol, it is important to ask the dentist to focus on all signs of cancer at each visit.
Dentists can also quickly determine an increased risk of a person developing anemia. The sign that usually shows this is a very light color of the oral mucosa. In addition, the language often becomes unusually smooth.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
In this condition, stomach acid often returns to the esophagus, thus causing the destruction of dental enamel. Most people with this disease quickly realize that something is wrong.
However, some may have symptoms mainly during sleep. So, this is another disease that your dentist can warn you about.
There is a much stronger connection between the condition in your oral cavity and the cardiovascular composition that most people think of. Inflammation of the genes with a pronounced red color, which sometimes bleeds, for example, can be a sign of cardiovascular disease.
But we can also talk about the reverse connection. People with gum disease have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease because bacteria can enter the bloodstream and reach the heart. In addition, there is a high risk of blood clots.