It’s been said that your oral health is a window to your overall health. This is for several reasons. For example, studies suggest that certain types of oral bacteria play a role in some diseases. Conversely, certain diseases may lower the body’s resistance to infection, intensifying problems with your oral health.
For good reason then, we say that a thorough dental exam could be your first line of defense against serious disease.
The following diseases are among the most common to affect the mouth:
As mentioned, in many cases diseases that originate in other parts of the body may produce effects that are first noticed in the mouth. These diseases may include diabetes, cardiovascular (heart) disease, HIV/AIDS, Oseteoporosis, Chron’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.