Your mouth can be the first sign of a chronic or systemic disease, such as diabetes, anemia, oral cancer, HIV infection or autoimmune disorders. Changes to your palate, teeth, gums, tongue, rate of saliva, mucous, cavities or other conditions can offer an early sign that there is an underlying health issue.
You will be referred to your primary care physician for further testing. Once the underlying cause has been determined, a treatment plan can be developed and may include oral medicine therapies. Therapies will vary, based on the systemic disease to be treated and how the disease presents in the mouth.