You go to the dentist expecting to get a cleaning and hopefully a good report with no cavities. But your dentist can see more than just your dental health, as some serious health conditions can first be spotted during an oral exam.
For example, worn down teeth can mean that you are grinding your teeth at night. In this case, sustained jaw clenching at night while sleeping might mean that you will be prescribed a custom fitted night guard to protect your teeth and jaw. Research in the International Journal of Oral Science in 2014 reported that sustained jaw clenching (another characteristic of bruxism, or teeth grinding) can lead to severe damage of the tissue in the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your skull. If you are prescribed a night guard, then the added responsibility of keeping it clean will be added to your dental routine. In which case, a natural product like Prodentclean will be essential.
Additional symptoms that could signal additional medical referrals include persistent bleeding gums or bad breath, white patches inside your cheeks and mouth, inflamed gums, and extremely dry mouth. Each of these symptoms could mean something more is going on and is worth checking out with a primary care physician or specialist.
Learn more about dental symptoms and what health related issues could be going on.