Your dentist is a disease detective
Your mouth is very important. For eating, talking and of course smiling. But did you know your mouth also contains many clues into what is happening in the rest of your body.
Which is why routine examinations with your dentist is very important. We are not only looking for cavities and gum disease but looking for clues towards serious health diseases both inside your mouth and outside in the rest of your body.
By examining your mouth head and neck, it is possible to detect clues for many diseases. Some of these clues are:
These clues can point to major diseases including certain respiratory, heart and kidney disorders. This is why regular visits are important.
Nearly 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations. This means that a disease that exits in the mouth often indicates a bigger disease in the body. For example dry mouth and gun disease often occur in patients who have diabetes. Inflammation of the gums and jaw pain could be associated with heart disease.
Other diseases and conditions with signs and symptoms in the mouth include:
- 3Eating Disorders
- 4Oral Cancers
- 5Gastric Reflux
- 6Sleep apnoea
Furthermore diseases that occur in the mouth have been shown to impact the whole body. Studies have indicated that people with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease and are at increased risk of having a stroke.
So in a nutshell, your visit to visit Verve Dental in Bentleigh East it could be the first line of defence against many serious conditions. Coupled with twice daily brushing and flossing, seeing your dentist regularly really means you are taking care of your whole body.