If your doctor asked a question about your teeth during a general exam, it wouldn’t be that strange. Conversely, it’s not unusual for your dentist to want to ensure that your overall health is in good standing.
The concept of “mouth-body connection” theorizes that there is a strong correlation between bodily health and oral health. Certain medical conditions or health concerns can provide your dentist with valuable insight on your dental health. For example, research supports the idea that periodontal disease can worsen many inflammatory diseases, or it may even have been the trigger to cause them in the first place.
As you look toward your next dental checkup, here are eight essential health factors your dentist in South Burlington should know:
Your Daily Dental Care Routine
How you care for your teeth at home sets the foundation for your dental health. It can give your dentist insight into your risks for tooth decay, gum disease, enamel erosion, and more.
New Medications or Supplements
You should let your dentist know about any medications you are taking regularly. The most common way your oral health is affected is by dry mouth, which threatens enamel and gums. It also helps the dentist to know what supplements you take.
High Blood Pressure
This is the most common chronic cardiovascular health condition. Periodontal disease and poor dental health can raise your blood pressure further and reduce the effectiveness of your medication.
Known to cause health issues throughout the human body, diabetes can affect your oral health severely. Periodontitis often develops in diabetic patients.
Digestive Health Issues
Poor dental health and deficient gut health can each affect the other, especially if bad oral bacteria enter your digestive tract. Your teeth and bite alignment can impact your digestion, as can painful or missing teeth.
Gum Tenderness and Bleeding After Brushing or Flossing
The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, which has symptoms including gum tenderness, bleeding, swelling, and a visibly red appearance. Even if you are not actively feeling swelling or gum pain during your checkup, if you’ve experienced it in the past, it is helpful for your dentist to know.
Pain in Your Jaw and Headaches
Jaw pain, neck pain, and regular headaches are all points of interest for your dentist. These issues can often point to a disorder affecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Recent Illness or COVID-19 Diagnosis
Even if you are no longer ill or contagious, be sure to mention recent illnesses or viruses. If you are feeling sick in advance of your appointment, call to let your dentist know. They will likely reschedule you for when you are feeling better.
You probably have a doctor and a dentist who you see, but the issues they work to treat do overlap sometimes. If your dentist understands all your health concerns, they can more effectively treat your teeth and gums.
About the Practice
Our team at Green Mountain Dental isn’t interested in rushing patients in and out the door with profit being the top priority. Dr. Tyler Aten and Dr. Nusi Brown believe in providing thorough care in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Building relationships with patients is important to them, and they’ll work hard to earn your trust during each checkup, consultation, and procedure. If you are mindful of the health factors discussed above during your next exam, our dentists will be better equipped to address all your oral health needs. To make an appointment, visit our website or call (802) 863-3950.