Welcome to the second half of this two-part article series on what dental implant surgeons in Phoenix can tell about your general health from the state of your teeth and gums. Previously, in Part 1 of the series, a condition known as “Bruxism” was explained to us. This condition is marked by teeth grinding and jaw clenching, particularly at night, and presents with advanced erosion and fracturing of the biting surfaces of the teeth.
What Bruxism may tell your dentist is that you lead a stressful lifestyle and/or struggle to cope with stress. The best solution to this condition is to have a custom mouth guard fitted, which you should wear to sleep at night or when you are most aware of grinding your teeth. This will help to prevent the terrible damage teeth grinding can do to your gnashers.
Let’s now take a look at a symptom that could indicate the presence or higher risk of a suite of really nasty diseases…Swollen, Inflamed Gums
Healthy gums are pink in color and are firm to the touch. If yours look angry, inflamed, swollen and spongy, your health could be at serious risk.
“Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease and it’s cause by a bacterial infection of the gums,” explain dental implant surgeons in Arizona. “This, in turn, is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, an unhealthy diet and by habits such as smoking and alcoholism.”
Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to advanced gum disease – periodontitis. And according to ample medical literature there is a very clear link between periodontitis and the following medical conditions…
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Kidney and liver disease
- Low birth weight and premature babies
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
This makes sense when you consider that everything that goes into your body – be it air, water or food – makes its way first through your mouth. Therefore, it stands to reason that if your mouth is severely infected with bacteria, your stomach, kidneys, liver and lungs will also all be constantly exposed to infection.
This is precisely why dental implant surgeons in Phoenix refer to gum disease as a systemic disease – it affects the body as a system and can put all of your major organs at risk.Ulcers and Oral Sores
Mouth sores and small ulcers are perfectly normal – they happen, but it’s usually because you’ve accidentally bitten down on your inner cheek, lip or tongue. When these sores don’t go away for an extended period of time, or when they recur, it could be a sign of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is typically a sexually transmitted infection, or they could indicate oral cancer.
“If a dental healthcare professional spots any suspicious-looking sores, lesions or ulcers, he or she will perform a quick and painless biopsy and send the tissue off to a laboratory for closer inspection,” says a dental implant surgeon in Phoenix . “The treatment will depend on the outcomes of the test.”A Final Note
The earlier you have an ailment diagnosed, the quicker it can be treated, which is why frequent dental appointments constitute such an important part of your lifelong general healthcare regime. Unbeknownst to many Phoenix residents, there is a whole lot the dentist can tell about your standard of health and quality of lifestyle just from the appearance of your teeth, gums and oral soft tissues.