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The mouth offers clues to disorders and disease. Dentists could play a larger role in patient care when doing routine checkups for their clients. The eyes may be a window to ones soul but the mouth provides an even better view of the body as a whole. Some of the earliest signs of diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, immune disorders, hormone imbalances, and drug issues show up in the gums, teeth, and tongue. They may even show up long before a patient knows anything is wrong.
A dental exam can reveal some telltale signs of broader health problems.
|Front||Do not be fooled by very white teeth. Many oral health problems, may be lurking unseen|
|Tops of back molars||Worn, flattened surfaces indicate stress-related clenching and grinding|
|Back of uppers||Area where stomach acid has worn away enamel could indicate bulimia|
|Red, puffy, and inflamed gums are common during pregnancy|
|Tiny red hemorrhages with spontaneous bleeding may indicate leukemia.|
|Periodontal disease, in which gums pull away from the teeth, can signal diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and respiratory diseases.|
Inside cheeks and lower gums:
|Diffuse brown patches are a sign of Addison’s disease, a hormonal disorder|
|Ulcerated lesions could mean cancer has metastasized|
Inside the mouth:
|A smooth, flat tongue could indicate iron-deficiency anemia|
|Dark red patches on the underside of the tongue may flag pernicious anemia, a vitamin B12 deficiency.|
|‘Strawberry’ textured tongue with red bumps points to Kawasaki disease, an inflammation of the blood vessels.|
|Tongue nodules and ulcerations are an early sign of sarcoidosis, an inflammation of the organs.|
|Dry mouth is a side-effect of many medications, but it could also signal diabetes or autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and lymphoma.|
|Bad breath is a sign of diabetes|
|Cracked lips could indicate candida albicans, a type of yeast infection|
|Pursed lips, with limited opening of the mouth, signal scleroderma, an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue|
|Swelling and lesions are an early sign of Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder.|
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