More than 120 disease signs and symptoms can now be detected through a routine oral exam. Regular dental checkups are more important than ever, not only for oral health but for general well being." Oral cancer is just one of many conditions that can be spotted through routine dental exams. As examples: Bad breath and bleeding gums are often indicators of Type 2 diabetes. 44 million Americans are at risk for osteoporosis; dental X-Rays may show the first stages of bone loss. Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans. A sore and painful jaw could be a warning signal to older people that a heart attack is possible.
Researchers have discovered correlations between periodontal disease and chronic medical conditions. Now, more than ever, people have solid reasons for taking care of their teeth and gums.
- Heart disease/Heart attacks
- A higher risk of delivering premature, low-birth-weight infants
- Infective endocarditis, a potentially fatal disease
- Respiratory Disease.
- A weakened immune system that can slow healing of wounds and reduce a person's response to hepatitis B and flu vaccines.
- Gum/Bone Diseases
- Pancreatic Cancers