Your Dentist May Save Your Life

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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!

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