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Digestive Problems Dentists Can Spot

digestive problems dentists can spotChewing and swallowing is the first step in the digestive process, so it only makes sense that digestive problems may have their earliest symptoms in your mouth. This is just one of the many reasons that the American Dental Association recommends having routine checkups. Here is what you need to know about your smile’s connection to your overall health.

1. Sweet, fruity-smelling breath may be a symptom of uncontrolled or undiagnosed diabetes. This is a distinctive smell that may indicate ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening complication of type 1 diabetes. Sweet breath or dry mouth may be symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

2. Extremely foul-smelling breath can be a symptom of repeated vomiting or bowel obstructions.

3. Jaw pain, clicking, or abnormal joint function is associated with TMJ disorders, but it may also be linked to irritable bowel syndrome. Researchers theorize that people with IBS may simply be more sensitive to pain.

4. Ulcers can be a sign of Crohn’s disease. The ulcers generally start in the wall of the intestines, but they can quickly spread throughout the digestive tract and cause ulcers in the mouth and inflammation in the joints, skin, and eyes.

5. Excessively worn or crumbling teeth can be a sign of regular vomiting or GERD. The stomach acids wash back up over the teeth and erode the enamel, which can leave teeth more vulnerable to decay and damage.

Contact us today to find out more about keeping your smile and body healthy or to schedule your next checkup with our dentist in Phoenix.

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