Medical Issues Your Indianapolis, IN Dentist Might Diagnose

Seeing the dentist twice per year is an essential aspect of protecting your tooth and gum health. What you didn’t know is that the dentist can also spot the signs of several medical issues just from looking at your mouth. 
 
Diabetes
 
Loose teeth, receding gums and a dry mouth are all indications of diabetes. These early warning signs combined with an examination can prompt your dentist to have you get checked for diabetes.
 
Infections
 
Signs of an infection include swelling, pain, redness and sensitivity. If the dentist suspects that you might be fighting an infection, they can prescribe antibiotics to get you back in optimum health. Allowing an infection to go untreated can lead to the infection spreading to your heart or lungs.
 
Oral Cancer
 
This is the sixth most common cancer in the United States. Most of the cases begin with lesions in the mouth that the dentist will spot. Early detection is key to proper treatment.
 
HIV
 
While several symptoms occur in the mouth when a patient has HIV, they aren’t all related to just this disorder. That’s why it is imperative to have proper screening and regular checkups from the dentist. Some symptoms include swelling of the salivary glands or a dry mouth. 
 
Stress
 
Your mouth responds to stress by grinding your teeth. This can do irreversible damage to the teeth and it is important to diagnose early.
 
Poor Nutrition
 
Those who battle eating disorders try hard to hide it, but the dentist can tell based on symptoms such as dry mouth, erosion inside the front teeth and bleeding gums. This is due to the stomach acid that makes its way back into the mouth during vomiting.
 
Osteoporosis
 
This is common most often in post-menopausal women. Some of the symptoms include a receding gum line or loose teeth. Once spotted, the dentist refers the patient back to the doctor for a bone density test.
 
These are all conditions that you can catch early with regular dental appointments. Knowing what you are facing early on means that you have a better chance of treating the condition and living a long, happy life. 
 
To schedule an appointment with a leading Indianapolis, IN dentist at Meridian Dental Center, please call our office today at (317) 926-5467.

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