Six Concerning Health Problems Your Dentist May Find
When Dr. Badwalz takes a look inside your mouth at your teeth, gums, and lips, he isn’t just looking at whether or not you have cavities. Dentist can help find serious health problems that a regular doctor or person may not be able to see. A closer look at your mouth can be a gateway clue to other health problems you may be facing. Here is a list of six eyebrow-raising concerns the dentist can see:
Dry mouth and chronic bad breath may be an early sign of diabetes. A person may not pay much attention to these symptoms, but to a dentist they may raise a red flag.
According to a recent study, about 1 in 4 people with chronic reflux have tooth erosion, sometimes without heartburn or other obvious symptoms. Any substance with a pH of 5.5 or lower can dissolve your tooth enamel. With a pH level of 1.5, gastric acid would easily eat away at your teeth. A regular person would most likely not notice any tooth erosion to their lower teeth, but to a trained eye like Dr. Badwalz our dentist at Pearl Family Dentistry, it would be apparent.
Another thing to look out for is raised bumps on your gums along your teeth. The same inflammation that affects the intestines of people with Crohn’s disease can also affect their gums. Many people do not notice the bumps since they are not painful. Persistent canker sores can also be a sign of this disease.
Gum disease in a person who typically doesn’t fit the profile, like a young person who has an excellent dental hygienic routine can be something of concern for Dr. Badwalz. That, along with swollen, red gums coupled with a family history of heart disease and weight gain. A solution to this would be to have various treatments such as a deep cleaning done by our dentist Dr. Badwalz at Pearl Family Dentistry located in Merced, CA.
Discoloration in tissue towards the back of the throat may be an early sign of oral cancer. If the tissue appears to be more red or white in certain areas, Dr. Badwalz our dentist, may have you come back in a week or so to see if the discoloration has changed. If not, a biopsy may be taken.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Rheumatoid Arthritis sometimes affects younger people. An early sign of RA would be a painful swollen jaw or the inability to open your mouth wide.
The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz,is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at DrBadwalz.com or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish your treatment.