The overall health of your body has a huge impact on the health of your teeth. Adverse health conditions often reveal themselves in your teeth whether you realize the condition is there or not. Your dentist can detect these signs, and should be able to help you protect your teeth from further damage.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux, is a condition where stomach acid flows up the esophagus due to a weakened valve at the base of the esophagus. This condition can damage the lining of the esophagus and may increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Tooth enamel will also be damaged by frequent exposure to stomach acid. People with GERD often experience tooth sensitivity, staining, and decay. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry such as dental crowns combined with regular checkups and cleanings can help keep your mouth healthy.
Blood sugar has a huge impact on the health of your gums and vice versa. The risk of gum disease increases when blood sugars are elevated. Likewise, blood sugars are harder to balance when gum disease is present. If you keep a consistent dental hygiene regimen but are developing gum disease, your blood sugars may be the problem.
Like with GERD, people suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia will experience tooth damage from frequent exposure to stomach acid. On top of enamel loss, staining, and tooth decay, people suffering from eating disorders often do not get the proper nutrition to support their oral health. This can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. People who are recovering from these disorders can find help through dental restorations. Crowns can protect crumbling or corroded teeth, and implants can replace lost teeth.
People often develop mouth sores from sucking on candy or eating acidic condiments. Due to the usually benign nature of mouth sores, many people may be disinclined to pay special attention to their development. Sores that last more than two weeks, however, should be shown to your dentist immediately. Tissue that is red and inflamed may need to be evaluated to rule out the possibility of oral cancer.
There are many health conditions that can show signs in the mouth, and many of them have a direct negative impact on your oral health. Through regular checkups, your dental needs can be assessed and the health of your smile can be restored.
If you have any medical conditions that could be impacting your oral health, take action to protect your mouth. Please email or call (407) 834-6446 to set up an appointment with Dr. Weinstock today.