4 Health Conditions That Require Regular Dental Checkups

Ideally, you must visit your dentist twice a year but there are diseases that complicate your oral health, while the reverse is also possible.

Varun Verma
Written by: Varun VermaUpdated at: Nov 24, 2022 13:30 IST
4 Health Conditions That Require Regular Dental Checkups

There is no denying the connection between dental and overall health. This has been demonstrated by numerous studies. There are many different types of germs in our mouths that have the potential to infect and cause serious oral health illnesses. If these harmful bacteria multiply, they can pose a serious threat to overall health. There are certain diseases that can complicate your oral health, while the reverse is also possible. 

Here are four health conditions that require you to have regular dental checkups.

Pregnancy

Although many women manage to go nine months without experiencing dental pain, pregnancy can exacerbate some oral disorders or lead to the development of new ones. 

Dentist visits during pregnancy

It is safe to go for dental checkups during pregnancy. By doing this, you are not only solving your regular oral health issues but also your dental problems connected to your pregnancy, with which your dentist may assist you.

During pregnancy, you may suffer from pregnancy gingivitis, tooth decay, and swellings on the gum. These problems can give you pain and cause a lot of discomforts. Thus, it is a must to make sure you visit your dentist regularly during your pregnancy.

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Heart Diseases

Some routine oral hygiene procedures could make it easier for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. For the majority of people, a strong immune system will keep bacteria from harming them. However, these bacteria can reach the bloodstream and result in heart issues like endocarditis in some people with cardiac abnormalities or other heart conditions. Infective endocarditis, also known as bacterial endocarditis, can also cause inflammation of the heart's inner lining.

Maintaining good dental health is crucial to keeping your heart healthy, whether or not you are on medication. Controlling blood pressure and avoiding negative cardiovascular effects are significantly influenced by good oral health.

Diabetes

High blood sugar levels caused by diabetes can harm every part of your body, including your teeth and gums. Untreated or uncontrolled diabetes can have various negative effects on your mouth. These are dry mouth, thrush, poor healing, gum disease, and change in taste.

Dentist visits in diabetes

Not only that but your poor oral health is also linked to your diabetes management, posing more harm if not done correctly. Thus, it becomes important to visit your dentist regularly. 

Weak Immune Response

Patients may develop a compromised immune system as a result of a wide variety of illnesses and medical conditions. For these patients, it is advisable to limit exposure to germs and infections by avoiding public spaces. 

Following a doctor’s advice regarding the risk of exposure is important. However, do not undermine regular dental checkups. In fact, if you have a compromised immune system, seeing the dentist becomes even more critical.

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Your weak immune system may be unable to fight the bad bacteria in your mouth. Thus, if you suffer from any oral health disease, it may aggravate and the condition can become severe. Additionally, your whole body will be at risk. As mentioned, you may even suffer heart issues due to oral bacteria. Also, these bacteria can interfere with diabetes management.

Conclusion

Considering the risks involved in your oral health management due to these conditions and vice-versa, it becomes crucial to pay regular visits to the dentist. Ideally, you must visit your dentist twice a year. However, this time period varies if you suffer from these or any other health conditions. But make sure to stick to your regular oral cleansing routine that involves brushing two times a day and flossing.

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