Oral health problems can indicate systemic health hazards

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Regular dental and oral consultation visits are extremely important not only for the maintenance of your dental and oral health conditions but these warrant optimum general health as well. Your oral cavity acts as the major pathway of food and drink intake and opportunistic microorganisms can enter and spread a large number of systemic diseases through the mouth opening. Furthermore, various systemic health hazards result in oral manifestations and signs and your dentist in Scottsdale Arizona has diagnosed and referred plenty of such cases to medical health care professionals as part of the multidisciplinary management plan as well as for sole medical consultation in order to prevent the development of serious consequences. Bleeding gums and production of foul smell from your mouth can be an indication of serious underlying systemic disorders and it is highly recommended to get medical help as soon as possible especially when your dental health care professionals advises to do so.

Halitosis has been found to be associated with serious stomach problems such as GERD and acid regurgitation as well as sleep apnea in any individuals. Spontaneous bleeding from gums or following tooth brushing and tooth cleaning procedures can occur following underlying diabetes mellitus or bleeding disorders and immediate monitoring and consultation visit to the medical specialist should be scheduled for complete check up. Failing to do so can result in serious manifestation by opportunistic microorganisms as immune status of such individuals can be compromised. Fungal infections such as oral thrush can manifest in individuals with lowered immunity. Clenching or tooth grinding can occur following psychological stress in students and people suffering from anxiety and depression and such cases are often diagnosed first hand by your Scottsdale Arizona dentist and referred to the psychiatrist for further management. This article describes various oral manifestations and signs of systemic health hazards and their management options.

The most likely causes of less-than-minty-fresh breath are poor oral hygiene or gum disease, but halitosis can also signal a sinus infection, especially if your dentist still notices the odor when you exhale through your nose, says Mark Wolff, DDS, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Cardiology and Comprehensive Care at New York University College of Dentistry. It can also be caused by acid reflux — a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found a strong association between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms and bad breath — or sleep apnea, says Ruchi Sahota, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association, because people with sleep apnea are more likely to breath through their mouths at night, which can lead to dry mouth (another cause of bad breath).

When you get back on the flossing bandwagon after falling off and notice some bleeding for the first few days, that’s normal, Sahota says. What’s not normal is gums continuing to bleed every time you floss. “It could be an indicator that you’re pre-diabetic, diabetic and don’t know it or, if you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, your blood sugar isn’t under control,” she says. Though it’s not exactly clear why diabetes and gum disease are linked (or whether there’s a causal effect to the relationship), the American Academy of Periodontology says that diabetics may be more likely to develop the disease because the condition makes them more susceptible to infection.



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