What Your Teeth Say about Your General Health
- Posted on: Aug 8 2012
Your teeth provide Philadelphia dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall, more information about your general health than you may realize. During your regularly scheduled dental hygiene and teeth cleaning appointments, Dr. Marshall can detect signs of problems that extend beyond your mouth, making these biannual visits an important part of your overall healthcare routine.
Below are some examples of how your teeth can indicate problems with your general health:
- If you have extremely worn teeth or chronic headaches, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder or excessive stress
- If you have cracks in your teeth or weak tooth enamel, your may have gastroesophageal reflux disease
- If you have excessive gum growth, you may be having problems with medications
- If you have chronic dry mouth, you may have diabetes or Sjogren’s syndrome
- If you have sores in your mouth that do not go away, your teeth may be saying you have oral cancer
When detected early, all of these issues can be effectively treated. Neglecting to visit a dentist every six months for a regular check-up not only puts your teeth and gums at increased risk for problems, but may impact your overall health as well.
If you live in the Philadelphia, Ardmore, or Main Line areas of Pennsylvania and would like to learn more about the links between oral and general health, please contact Lindsey Marshall, DMD today to schedule an appointment.
Posted in: General Dentistry