Visiting your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. These checkups and cleanings are important because your dentist may discover problems with your oral health, or uncover symptoms that are indicative of a general health problem.
One general health problem that a dentist may discover during your oral exam is diabetes. Diabetes and oral health problems are linked. Diabetics must visit their dentist regularly because the presence of periodontal disease can worsen blood glucose levels, and diabetes can accelerate periodontal disease.
Infected gums and loose teeth may also be a sign of heart disease. The bacteria that cause periodontal disease can travel to the heart and contribute to coronary artery disease by contributing to the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
Loose teeth and changes in the gums may also indicate that the patient is developing osteoporosis, especially in post-menopausal women.
Dr. Zadeh, a leading Beverly Hills dentist, can help you safeguard your general and oral health. If you have not had a routine examination within the past six months, call Dr. Zadeh’s office to schedule an appointment.