If you have heart disease, diabetes, HIV, or lupus, you will most likely have oral health problems to deal with as well. There is a connection between overall body health and the health of your teeth and gums. Researchers are studying this connection to better understand how to help patients with multiple health issues that accompany oral health, because fixing one may very well fix the other.
Be sure to tell your dentist if you have a systemic disease like the ones mentioned above. While dentists have specialties that can effectively treat all forms of oral disease, the general dentist may want to recommend you to a specialist outside of dentistry to work alongside and eradicate the true source of the problem.
Taking as examples the diseases mentioned above, someone with heart disease needs to be seeing a cardiologist. A diabetic should be monitored by an endocrinologist. HIV is an immune disease that needs to be handled by a doctor with expertise in immunology, and individuals with lupus should be seeing a rheumatologist.
Serious medical conditions may go undiagnosed until oral health issues arise. That is why it is important that you see your dentist every six months for an evaluation and let him know of any other problems you are experiencing.
If you have an oral health issue that may require a specialist, feel free to call Dr. Amirhassan Pouradib and our team at Preferred Dental. You can make an appointment at: 707-544-8338, or come by our office in Santa Rosa, California.