What Your Mouth Can Reveal About Your Health
Recent studies, including the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health, confirm what our team has known for a long time: There are so many connections between oral health and overall health that your next dental visit can be the next best thing to a physical examination!
Your mouth is both an early warning system and a window to the health of your heart, your circulation, and your healthy well-being. A dental exam gives us the chance to recognize potentially serious conditions (certain cancers—especially oral cancer, diabetes, and more recently, AIDS)—even before they become apparent to your family physician. There’s an increasingly strong link between gum disease and the risk of heart problems and stroke.
That’s why regularly scheduled dental appointments are so critical. Dentists are trained to recognize early warning signals and alert you to seek further treatment, before the problem grows out of control.
You might just say that by looking into a mouth, we can save a life.