As You Age, Watch Signals In Mouth For Serious Health Problems

Posted on Dec 09, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

It seems key symptoms in the mouth are warning signs of adult onset diseases. For instance, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease increases with age. Researchers believe that these diseases often manifest themselves in the mouth.

For example, the American Diabetes Association states that the majority of diabetics suffer from Type 2 diabetes, which usually begins after age 45. Initial indicators of this disease are bad breath and bleeding gums.

Also, after the age of 45, the risk for developing heart disease triples. Although heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, a sore and painful jaw is often overlooked as a warning signal.

Research continually reveals links between oral and overall health. Please alert us or your General Dentist to any unusual symptoms or change in your medical status.

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