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Digestive Problems Diagnosed during Dental Exam

Digestive Problems Diagnosed during Dental ExamThe fact that dental exams are important for your oral health is common knowledge. Dentists diagnose conditions such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and much more during routine dental exams. In addition to oral health conditions; however, our dentist in Northridge also often finds signs of digestive problems during routine examinations.

Research indicates that up to 90 percent of systemic diseases display symptoms in the oral cavity. Some signs of systemic diseases, or diseases that affect multiple organs, are dry mouth, sores in the mouth, or swollen gums. At times, these symptoms are merely the result of an oral health problem, but other times they may indicate signs of a digestive problem, such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

When your Northridge dentist suspects that you have a digestive problem or another oral health problem, he may recommend that you visit your general practitioner for further evaluation. Your physician can perform further tests to diagnose the cause of the problem and develop an appropriate treatment plan for your condition.

Most adults should have a dental exam every six months to one year, depending on their age, state of health, history of dental problems, and if they have general health issues such as diabetes that can affect oral health. If you have not had a dental exam in the past six months to one year, call the Northridge Dental Group to schedule your examination today. Our dentists are skilled with diagnosing and treating a variety of oral health issues as well as finding possible signs of problems with your general health.

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