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Mouth-body connection


Acid reflux–your dentist may notice before you do

Never have heartburn? That doesn’t mean you don’t have acid reflux. The good news is that if you have acid reflux, your dentist can detect symptoms of this disease during your regular oral examination.

A woman’s mouth can say a lot about osteoporosis

If you’re a woman, your dentist may be the first health professional to suspect you have osteoporosis — and refer you to a physician before the disease advances.

Anxiety disorders contribute to oral health problems

People are anxious about going to the dentist for different reasons, including worrying about the effectiveness, feeling dentist is rushed, neglecting concerns, anticipation of pain, negative past experiences, or atmosphere.

Asthma and oral health

Learn about the connections between asthma and oral health.

Dental health care for Alzheimer’s patients.

Proper dental care can maintain or increase an Alzheimer’s patient’s quality of life. Taking time to brush, floss, inspect his teeth and see his dentist on a regular basis should be top priorities.

Dentists detect diseases

The risks of developing diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease increase with age. Since symptoms of these conditions can manifest in the mouth, dentists may be key in diagnosing the diseases.

Dentist may notice signs of Osteoporosis first

If you’re a woman, your dentist may be the first health professional to suspect you have osteoporosis — and refer you to a physician before the disease advances.

Diabetes and oral health

Studies show that diabetics are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal disease. Oral infections tend to be more severe in diabetic patients than non-diabetic patients.

Does your dentist know what’s in your medicine cabinet?

If you haven’t talked to your dentist lately about what medications you’re taking, you should. From over-the-counter antihistamines to prescribed blood pressure regulators, many medications can cause side effects that negatively affect oral health.

Healthy smile, Healthy you: The importance of oral health

Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive — they can tell dentists a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you may be developing a disease like diabetes.

The heart and mouth connection: How heart disease and oral health link

According to the CDC, heart disease is America’s number one killer. But did you know that heart disease and oral health are linked?

How many teeth are in that cigarette pack?

If you start smoking at age 18 and smoke one pack a day, you are likely to lose 4 or 5 teeth by the time you are 35 years old.

How vegetarians can ensure good oral health

While a vegetarian diet can have great overall health benefits, vegetarians need to be aware of how this lifestyle choice can affect their oral health. By eliminating certain food groups, vegetarians can risk missing out on some key nutrients that are essential for good oral health.

Kicking the habit? Your mouth will thank you.

You may know smoking can have a negative impact on his overall health, but are you aware of the effects of cigarette smoking on your oral health?

Oral and overall health – get the connection

The first symptoms of many diseases may appear in your mouth. A dentist may be able to detect these diseases through an oral exam.

Best Dental Clinic-Oral cancer

Your dentist can perform a screening for oral cancer, which is most frequently found on the tongue, the floor of the mouth, soft palate tissues in back of the tongue, lips, and gums. Early detection and treatment is essential.

Oral health gives clues about eating disorders

More dentists are becoming the first line of defense when it comes to recognizing eating disorders in patients. A dentist may spot the warning signs of an eating disorder and be able to point parents in the right direction to get help.

Pregnancy & oral health

Maintaining proper dental care is especially important during pregnancy to ensure overall health for both mom and baby.

Raisins may help fight — not cause — cavities

Countering a longstanding public perception that raisins promote cavities, a recent study suggests that compounds in the popular fruit snack may in fact fight tooth decay.

Stressed out? Your dentist can tell

Financial, family, work and other stresses can all take a toll on your teeth. Learn more about how the signs of stress can show up in your mouth and what you can do about it.

Tobacco use and oral health

Learn about the impact tobacco use has on overall health, including gum disease and tooth loss.

Tongue piercing

The problems that can arise from an oral piercing might surprise you. In fact, most dentists discourage oral piercing because of these risks.

Using herbal supplements? Why you should tell your dentist.

Always tell your dentist about any medications and supplements you are taking, even herbal supplements and alternative medicines. Everything you ingest, even vitamins, causes a certain reaction and could affect your oral health.

What to eat to keep your teeth

Nutrition is important to oral health. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts strengthen immunity and help protect the teeth and gums.