Your Teeth Can Tell Your Dentist A Lot More Than You Think

Routine exams can be life-saving. This is why it’s recommended that you visit your primary doctor, get an eye exam, and teeth cleaning at least once a year. These routine exams can give your doctor’s an inside look at your health and even help diagnose certain things you didn’t even realize you had. For a dentist, your mouth can tell a lot about your hygiene habits, the types of foods you eat, and the plaque and tartar and even gingivitis could lead to diagnosing bigger problems.

woman at the dentist

Diabetes

Severe gum disease or periodontitis can be an early sign of type 2 diabetes. A recent study found that overweight middle-aged adults with severe gum disease were at a higher risk for diabetes. One in five of those patients had undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. This is because people with diabetes are more prone to catching infections.

Pregnant

If you’ve never had a problem with your gums, but all of a sudden you’re noticing that they’re inflamed and bleeding, this may be a sign that you’re pregnant. Gingivitis is a very common during pregnancy because of the hormonal changes and increased blood flow to your gums. In addition, your hormones can prevent your body’s ability to fight bacteria, which can also cause plaque buildup.