Oral Health Problems That Call For A Doctor’s Appointment

January 30, 2017 by Dr Rahul Doshi

Bad Breath, Health & Safety

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better oral healthOral health is closely related to your overall health, and there are certain signs that can indicate if medical advice is necessary – if you know what to look for. Here are some tell-tale signs that there may be something other than just bad oral health.

Bleeding gums is a very common condition, and unless it is caused by hard food or vigorous brushing, it may mean gum disease is developing. But bleeding gums is also linked to other diseases; scientists believe that bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause more serious infections to other organs. According to Diabetes UK, stubborn gum disease that cannot be cured is a symptom of diabetes, so a check-up with your dentist and GP is strongly recommended.

Another relatively common condition is halitosis, commonly known as bad breath. Short-term bad breath can be caused by dehydration, smelly food or smoking, but if it persists it may signal an infection. Prolonged bad breath may also be indicative of sinusitis, undiagnosed diabetes and sometimes kidney problems, according to Dr Nigel Carter of the British Dental Health Foundation. So if you experience bad breath, but your dentist can’t find any problems with your oral health, you should see your GP.

If you brush and floss your teeth as recommended, but your tooth enamel continues to erode, you could have gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. This condition is when acid travels up from your stomach into your mouth, most often while lying down. If not treated, the disease can increase the risk of cancer of the oesophagus, the Mirror reports.

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