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How A Dentist Can Detect Your Overall Health From The Condition Of Your Mouth

Dentist-Brisbane-image-1When a dentist peeks into your mouth, he/ she sees far more than just yellowing teeth, missing teeth, dentures, bad breath and bleeding gums. He’s actually able to detect various ailments within your body right from your mouth:

Otitis Media

Otitis media is a medical term for an infection of the middle ear. It is a common disease in children and occurs frequently in the first years of a child’s life.

How is your oral health related to otitis media? A report published in the Caries Research Journal (titled, “Long-Term Effects Of Syrup Medications For Recurrent Otitis Media On The Dental Health Of 6- To 8-Year Old Children”) in 1992, established that the treatment regime to combat otitis media leads to an increased susceptibility to dental caries. This treatment regime generally involves antihistamines and antibiotic therapy.

Diabetes

Periodontitis (inflammation and infection of ligaments and bones supporting the teeth) doesn’t contribute to the occurrence of such systemic conditions as diabetes. However diabetes does contribute to the occurrence of periodontitis.

Various studies have identified the adverse effect that diabetes has on the periodontium and periodontal disease treatment. In fact, a 1998 study published in the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, titled “Periodontal Disease: An Overview For Physicians”, recommends inclusion of dental management within the overall treatment of diabetes.

Blood-Borne Diseases

Various health problems within your body may manifest in poor oral health. In particular, blood-borne diseases, characterized by immunodeficiency are most likely to also lead to oral immunodeficiency. The most evident ailments that manifest as immunodeficiency include, HIV/ AIDS and early onset diabetes. Anyone affected by such ailments is prone to manifest other oral ailments brought about by reduced capacity to fight disease.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral-borne disease that causes swelling of the liver. A study published in the Australian Dental Journal in 2000, titled “Hepatitis C Infection And Associated Oral Health Problems”, reveals that people infected with the hepatitis C virus had high numbers of decayed, filled and missing teeth. They also exhibited poor salivary flow, poor periodontal health, and high incidences of mouth pain. Apparently, your dentist Brisbane would always consider the occurrence of hepatitis C when diagnosing the cause of your poor oral health.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection

A 1996 study published in the Australian Dental Journal (titled, ‘Oral Conditions And Their Social Impact Among HIV Dental Patients’), revealed that HIV-infected people had high rates of oral infections, gingivitis and periodontitis. Hence, HIV-infected people would not just seek to manage their condition, but also consult a dentist to help control the resulting adverse effects on their oral health, click here for the list of dental clinics in Australia.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutritional deficiencies in children and older adults have a high possibility of manifesting in poor oral health. This is a particularly important consideration for Australians, since poor diet is among the major causes of poor health, including oral health, in Australia. Fortunately, nutritional deficiency is easily tackled by eating well.

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Heavy Medication in Older Adults

Increased reliance on medication by the elderly population can lead to increased incidences of xerostomia (dry mouth). In turn, dry mouth also increases the incidence of other oral diseases, including dental caries and atrophic glossitis (a condition that causes the tongue to swell and atrophy).

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