Yes, teeth are strong, but they are vulnerable to dental problems, especially those caused by acids. Oral bacteria are essential to oral health, but those organisms release acids as a byproduct of their work that cause issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. The stronger the acid, the bigger the dental problem and when stomach acids cover teeth, the end result can be complete disintegration. A skilled dentist can spot those dental indicators and can be instrumental in properly diagnosis GERD (AKA Gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Stomach acid serve an essential purpose in the digestion process and when it stays in its intended organ, everything will be fine. However, some individuals who suffer from a condition called acid reflux (or gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD) experience the acids coming upward and irritating the esophagus. Not only will that trigger up the discomfort of heart burn, the acid can also make it into the oral cavity and if left untreated, will contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel and can lead to tooth crumbling, burning tongue syndrome and dry mouth. A dentist can see the trifecta of symptoms and can accurately diagnose individuals suffering from this disorder.
Growing Gums=Too Much Medication
Gums are the mucosal tissue that lies over the mandible and maxilla inside the mouth and are the tissue that helps keep teeth intact. Over time, it is common for gums to recede either due to age or even by brushing too hard. While many individuals may run to the dentist to ensure their gum health is intact to prevent themselves from looking "too long in the tooth," growing gums is not a natural occurrence and should be cause of concern that should be brought to the attention of a dentist.
In some rare cases, gums can swell to the point that they cover teeth. In those cases, the cause may be prescription medication. Some medicine for heart disease and seizures may suppress the immune system, and gum inflammation may be a side effect indicating that the dosage is too strong. Individuals suffering from this unusual condition should point it out to a dentist who can examine and then provide advice on how to deal with the problem. Chances are they will refer the patient back to the prescribing doctor who may tweak the recommended dosage.
Individuals who are experiencing unexplained dental conditions including stubborn sores, bleeding gums, toothaches or chronic dry mouth should not wait for the problems to go away on their own. Instead, scheduling an appointment with a dental care provider is a much better idea as the sooner preventative dentistry or behavior modifications are implemented, the better of one's general health and oral health will be in the long run. Those looking to find a dentist up to the task can dial 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7 to get the name of a provider up to the task.