Usually, when you think of going to the dentist, you’re thinking about teeth. Cleaning teeth, maybe there’s a problem with a tooth – a cavity, a chip, discoloration – maybe you’re thinking about braces or other straightening needs… or the dreaded root canal problems.
However, did you realize that the dentist may be able to recognize and diagnose numerous other potential problems with your health?
According to Dawn West, DMD, RN with Tuffs University School of Dental Medicine, when you go for a dental checkup you might actually be saving so much more than just your teeth or find out about other oral health related complications, because the mouth is the gateway to your entire organism and there might be several important signs of other diseases existent in there.
Some of the other non-dental related diseases that a dentist can spot include the sexually transmitted diseases (STD), diabetes, heart disease, and even several types of cancerous diseases.
The dentist is basically looking in your mouth for signs of different diseases such as inflammation, bleedings, dry mouth or sores, and damages to the gum line. Some other dentists do actually perform neck and head exams, Blood pressure and even blood sugar or other blood issue tests.
So don’t look at that dentist visit as simply a pain that has to be done every 6 months, think of it as a great check up on your overall health!