Health indicators to watch for
Studies have proven that our oral health is directly related to our overall physical well-being. In fact, unhealthy teeth and gums are very often found in combination with many serious illnesses including:
- Oral cancer
- Heart disease & stroke
- Breast, kidney, and pancreatic cancers
- Respiratory disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Over 90% of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations which can include swollen gums, excessive bleeding, mouth sores, dry mouth, and bad breath. Although in most instances these symptoms indicate less serious problems, we’re always on the lookout for anything suspicious.
- Bad breath and bleeding gums can indicate diabetes
- Bone loss revealed by dental x-rays can point to osteoporosis
- Gum disease can accompany heart disease and stroke
- Chronic bad breath and dry mouth can be symptoms of kidney disease
- Lumps or abnormalities in your mouth, throat, jaw, or neck may indicate some cancers.
Regular dental checkups play an important role in the early detection of many serious health issues. Always practice good home care by brushing twice daily and flossing every day.