Your dental health is part of a bigger picture: whole-body wellness. Unhealthy teeth and gums are often found in combination with heart disease and other life-threatening conditions, and many health issues can also affect your oral health.
Other medical conditions that your dentist may detect include: thyroid problems, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep and breathing disorders, skin rashes, bruxism (teeth grinding), HIV, tuberculosis, drug abuse, anorexia, digestive disorders and upper respiratory problems.
The best thing you can do to prevent serious dental issues is to treat them while they're still small. For that reason, visiting your dentist for regular exams is an essential tool for managing your oral health. Brush and floss twice a day to fight cavities, plaque buildup and inflammation. Let your dentist know about updates to your health, including by sharing a list of the medication you currently take.
Last updated February 11, 2022
The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.