The mouth, for all intents and purposes, is the looking glass into the body. When assessing the body for a variety of ailments, the mouth is often the first place to display symptoms.
Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and osteoporosis are a few of the diseases that your mouth raises the red flag for first!
All the previously mentioned diseases have oral indicators. Diabetes, for example, is presented in the mouth in the form of gum disease. When the gums begin to deteriorate from infection, the body is unable to fight the germs naturally and infections develop. Additionally, individuals who have a high incidence of gum disease also have issues controlling their levels of blood sugar.
Inflammation and infection of the gums caused by oral bacteria can travel to the heart from the mouth and create issues such as heart attacks or strokes. This is a prime example of how the mouth is the first line of defense when fighting complications elsewhere in the body.
In regard to Alzheimer’s Disease, the mouth displays one of the earliest indicators of the disease’s onset. When people under the age of 35 begin to lose their teeth, it is generally perceived as a serious problem and pinpointing the cause is imperative. This symptom has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease and that possibility is taken into account when doctors assess the source.
Lastly, osteoporosis is a disease that is tied directly to oral health. Due to the fact that osteoporosis is characterized by the weakening of bones, the elements of the body that are made up of calcium are compromised. This points directly to teeth health and the weakened state of teeth is much easier to diagnose than bone.
If you have a question about any of these diseases and their link to your health, or if you simply want to maintain your oral health, contact us today!