Did you know that your tongue can be an early detector for disease and illness in your body?
While poor oral health can lead to cavities and gum disease, your oral health can indicate signs of ailments in other parts of your body. Your mouth can be an early warning sign of heart disease, oral cancer, and other cancers, among other illnesses.
Preventative dentistry is helpful in the early detection of disease and other health issues. By visiting your dentist twice a year, you can prevent these issues from further developing.
Oral health and other health problems can be diagnosed and treated if caught early enough.
The Oral Cancer Foundation provides resources for oral cancer warning signs, early screening, and other factors that may put you at risk. Signs of oral cancer include mouth pain, ear pain, a lump or growth, white and red patches in your mouth, and sores that fail to heal.
Warning signs of other oral health problems can include white patches on your tongue, an overly red tongue or gums, soreness, and bleeding.
If you notice changes in your oral health that raise concerns, it’s important to see your dentist right away. However, if you are diagnosed with a condition outside of our expertise, we’re able to refer you to a specialist who can effectively treat your case.
With regular checkups, your dentist will be able to diagnose problems or warning signs during your dental exam.
Our team of dentists, hygienists, and assistants are skilled in providing compassionate and gentle dental care for your entire family.
Ready to put your best smile forward? Contact us today to set up your next appointment at Reflection Ridge Dental.