Reader's Digest recently published an article entitled "7 Signs of Disease Your Teeth Can reveal." The article describes how dentists are trained to detect more than just cavities. Disease in the mouth can relate to disease in the rest of the body and vice versa. Systemic conditions that have manifestations in the mouth include type 2 diabetes, acid reflux, stress, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, eating disorders, celiac disease, and hormonal changes. If you notice any unusual changes in your mouth be sure to let your dentist know. If your dentist asks questions about your overall health this is because a thorough history is important for optimal dental care.