Your dental provider is as important as your medical provider?
Your dentist recommends you see them at least twice a year, but why is it so important?
“Seeing your dentist on a regular basis is your first line of defense against health problems,” says Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri from her Chino, California dental practice.
The mouth is the mirror to the health of your body. “According to the Academy of General Dentistry (2002) 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations.
Systemic problems include Diabetes, heart Disease, certain blood disorders, cancers, pregnancy related conditions have predictable markers in the mouth. Patients who present for routine dental recare visits have been directed to a medical doctor for early treatment of some serious medical conditions.
"Over the years, I've had at least a dozen patients who I identified as diabetic and they didn't know it," says Sally Cram, DDS, a periodontist in Washington, D.C., and spokeswoman for the American Dental Association.
Not only can your dentist diagnose Diabetes, but also can check for sores in your mouth that don’t heal. Sores that don’t heal could be cancerous.
“Your dentist can tell a lot about your overall health,” Dr. Cherukuri goes on to explain. “They can even tell if you are experiencing stress by looking for worn tooth enamel.” This many times means you may be grinding your teeth at night.
If you haven’t seen your dentist recently, now is the time to call. Your body will appreciate it.