The extent to which problems in your mouth can reflect or affect problems elsewhere in the body has become an issue of increasing concern. Studies have shown an association with heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and low birth weight babies to gum disease or oral infections. Signs of HIV infections or osteoporosis may also first appear in the oral region. Studies continue to determine the extent of the correlation between these findings. Preventative dental visits should routinely include oral cancer screenings and evaluations of soft tissue and gums for any changes.