When you think of your dental appointments, you’re probably worried about one thing — whether or not you have any cavities. But when you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, it’s not only your teeth he’s talking about. Read on to find out what other health issues can be diagnosed during your visit.
One of the most important things we screen for at Dental on Central is oral cancer. We use the latest technology — a screening device called Identafi — which uses colored wavelengths of light to monitor biochemical and morphological change sin oral tissue. Because this technology is more thorough than a visual examination alone, we can more confidently recommend diagnostic tests to ensure you get an accurate diagnosis along with the best care possible.
Some of the symptoms of diabetes show up in your mouth, such as receding, dry or bleeding gums, loose teeth, and bad breath caused by dry mouth. If your dentist notices any of these symptoms, he or she may recommend you seek a screening for diabetes with your regular healthcare provider.
Your teeth are made of the same materials as your bones, which puts them at risk of complications from osteoporosis as well. If your dentist notices receding gum lines or loose teeth, and you have other risk factors for osteoporosis (e.g., postmenopausal women), he or she should refer you to your healthcare provider for a bone density test.
That’s right — there’s no hiding poor nutrition from your dentist. If your diet is lacking the vital vitamins and minerals to support strong teeth and bones, your dentist will be able to tell. This can be due to a poor diet, a chronic disorder like Crohn’s disease, or even eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. If your dentist notices symptoms to support one of those diagnoses, he or she will once again refer you to a primary care physician so you can make improvements.
Take Control of Your Health at Dental on Central
At Dental on Central, we don’t just care about teeth — we care about our patients. That’s why we focus on overall health — physical and mental — in addition to oral health. If you’re looking for a different dental experience, we’d love to have you join our family. For more information or to schedule an appointment at either of our locations, visit us on the web or call 602.266.1776.