Hello again to our faithful followers and those new readers who are with us today! As many of you know, Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who likes to educate his readers as well as his patients, keeping them informed about all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health. We are currently in the midst of an article series in which we are talking about marijuana / cannabis use and gum disease and how the two might be connected. Last week, we continued this article series about marijuana and gum disease, discussing how marijuana/cannabis use can have a long term effect on your brain. Today, as promised in last week’s segment, we will discuss risks for other physical and mental conditions and problems which can be increased with marijuana / cannabis use. You’re invited to come along as we continue to part 10 of this article series as we talk a bit about brain changes as they apply to marijuana use and gum disease.
Serious Health Conditions
Your dentist can literally be a life-saver (not the candy) when it comes to spotting symptoms and signs in the oral cavity which can suggest systemic health conditions which can be serious and even life-threatening. While, you are able to hide the truth when questioned about symptoms of a variety of health conditions, your lips, teeth and gums can’t. There are a number of things for which your dental professional is looking when he or she looks into your mouth during that routine examination, and those things can go much deeper than those oral tissues! There are six serious health issues which can be seen first in the mouth while you’re having those teeth cleaned, and, over the next few weeks, we will be discussing each of them. The better you are armed, the better and more successful your battle against these conditions will be.
The first one on the list is diabetes mellitus. One of the first signs of diabetes is dryness which can be noted in a decrease in saliva. You won’t notice this decrease until the production of saliva has decreased by at least 50% but your dentist will. Not only can your dentist spot decreased saliva production as an early sign of diabetes, but, chronic bad breath and slow healing of cuts or burns in the mouth can also be spotted. These are also early signs of undetected diabetes and may arouse the suspicion of your dental professional.
Acid reflux can cause erosion in the bottom teeth — gastric acid can certainly munch away at those pearly whites! Statistics reveal that about 25% of the people having chronic reflux have already experienced erosion of the tooth enamel, sometimes without any of the other symptoms like heartburn showing up.
These are just two of the six major health issues which can be seen by your dentist in their earliest stages. Since frequent marijuana users have been shown to statistically be twice as likely to develop periodontal disease, it bears repeating that you need to be established with a qualified dental professional who can identify and treat gum disease in its earliest or latter stages in any member of your family. Dr. Scharf wants to be that dental professional. As your Periodontist in Long Island, he can fill that role expertly. Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell your how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.