Could a Visit to Your Dentist Save Your Life?
There are a number of health problems that can first be diagnosed by your local dentist. When people think of dentistry and disease they think of gum disease or any other issues having directly to do with the health of gums and teeth. Some of the symptoms of gum disease are red, sore, swollen, or bleeding gums. Some other symptoms can include the gums pulling away from the teeth, loose and sensitive teeth, and changes in your bite.
Not many people associate their dentist with the detection of different cancers. One of the keys to the diagnosis and successful treatment of many diseases is early detection. Every day people fall victim to cancer and other diseases and a large number of those people could have been saved by early detection. The next time you decide to put off that dentist appointment remember that your dentist is not only looking for signs of tooth decay or gum disease.
One disease that can be diagnosed early on is Leukemia. Since one of the beginning signs of Leukemia is gingival bleeding, the patient will usually see their dentist first, and a good, alert dentist will be the first to diagnose the problem.
At the minimum, you should see your Plano dentist once every six months, or at the first sign of a possible problem, like a toothache. Keep in mind that sometimes headaches and earaches can also be a sign of a problem tooth.