Dr. Alin Alkass understands the importance of maintaining healthy teeth. Although many people only notice the aesthetic side of dentistry, Dr. Alkass understands that teeth serve a much bigger purpose than just looking good. In fact, unhealthy teeth can reveal potential health problems.
Teeth-grinding leads to all kinds of dental problems. For example, the grinding force can wear the tooth enamel and form fractures in the teeth. If severe enough, major dental procedures may be required (a crown for example to replace the fractured parts). Aside from being a dental issue, teeth-grinding can also indicate a high level of stress within a person’s life. Many people are not even aware they grind their teeth. This is because the grinding often occurs at night while they are asleep. High levels of stress can lead to a host of other health issues. Therefore, when a person realizes they grind their teeth, they should consider ways to decrease their daily stress.
If teeth begin to crack or crumble, it can be a result of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This condition causes acid from the stomach to rise back into the esophagus and mouth. When excessive acid is present within the mouth, it will lead to the erosion of the teeth’s enamel. Of course, there are other medical issues that could cause these problems. However, crumbling teeth is a sign of a potentially serious health issue.
Another dental problem that is indicative of other more serious medical issues is gum overgrowth. When the gums grow over the teeth or swell, it can indicate a problem with medication tolerance. Some medications, such as those that reduce the risk of heart disease, can cause the gums to swell. Most often, the medication needs to be changed in order to fix the problem.
There are a variety of sources that can be responsible for creating dry mouth. These could include dehydration, smoking, medication, syndromes or allergies. However, when the body is not producing sufficient saliva, this is an indication that a person may be developing diabetes or Sjogren’s syndrome. These conditions should be taken seriously. Therefore, when the body is not producing enough saliva, the cause of the problem should be investigated.
White webbing within the cheeks:
The mucus membranes within the mouth are often the first target of oral lichen. Although it is a mild skin disease, anyone who notices the white lacy pattern within their mouth, should seek medical attention.
Some people believe that dentistry has nothing to do with the medical field. However, that is simply not true. The mouth in its entirety makes up an important part of the body that should be monitored and examined on a regular basis. In order to catch any potential health problems, people should have their teeth examined and cleaned by a dentist every six months.
Dr. Alin Alkass and his team at Smiles on Elston want to make sure their patients stay healthy. He examines his patient’s teeth and ensures there are no potential medical issues. If there are problems, he knows how to treat the issue using innovative dental technology.