Nobody is perfect, but many struggle with keeping up the image of the standard and sometimes oral hygiene is used to deflect attention from the truth. Those efforts may distract the average Jane or Joe, but a skilled dental care provider can easily determine the facts simply by providing a dental exam as dentists are versed in picking up on the subtle oral warning signs that can indicate dental problems linked to greater medical conditions.
When it comes to general health, a dentist can examine teeth, gums and the entire oral cavity and the system will allow a dentist to know your dirty little secrets. The mouth can act as an authentic crystal ball that can reveal the most intimate details of a patient ranging from undiagnosed diabetes, eating disorders and even drug addictions. That fact makes it important for individuals to face up to the fact that their relentless oral hygiene efforts may not be enough to treat the core issue of the dental problems.
Dentists and Diabetes Detection
By now everyone knows that America is suffering from an obesity epidemic and by watching the ever-expanding waistlines of friends, family and neighbors can easily see the problem for themselves. Unfortunately, since so many individuals are now considered overweight or obese, some mistakenly believe that carrying some extra pounds is the healthy norm. Nothing is further from the truth and a dental exam can be instrumental in diagnosing the onset of Type 2 diabetes in adults.
Individuals who have not stepped on the scale in years and have been living the average American lifestyle of too many processed foods and not enough exercise, may jokingly call themselves 'fit fat' to improve their spirits. However, that form of denial can only go so far, as obesity can cause a slew of dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Only a trained dental care provider knows exactly what oral cavity signs may indicate the onset of diabetes.
If during a dental exam a dentist notices signs such as chronic bad breath, thrush, dry mouth, burning mouth or tongue, excessive tooth decay and advanced gum disease they can view the symptoms as an indicator of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. That is possible as scientific research has indicated a link between an excess of oral bacteria and obesity. In one study conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation, saliva samples from 500 women (60 percent of who were clinically overweight) were analyzed and the findings showed that 98 percent of the overweight women had significantly higher levels of elenomonas noxia, a particular strain oral bacteria linked to dental plaque, the cause of the dental problems associated with diabetes.