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Your Dentist May Save Your Life

Don’t dread going to the dentist ever again… it may just save your life! When getting your routine dental cleaning, these key health indicators should be checked:

Blood Pressure: While it seems such a routine thing, elevated blood pressure can be an indicator of something more serious. It could be caused by hypertension of the heart muscle, a blood clot, or your body fighting off an infection.

Measurement of the Gums (or pockets around the teeth): Often this can be an indicator of your body fighting an acute infection, signaling heart disease, the onset of diabetes, an autoimmune disorder, or even a sign of menopause.

Oral Cancer Screening: Every year, almost 50,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed. Of the people diagnosed, only half are expected to live five years! The reason for such a high mortality is that oral cancer often isn’t detected early enough to respond to treatment. The next time your dentist recommends the screening, say yes!