You go to the dentist for your oral health, but did you know that by visiting HomeTown Dental, you can do more to protect your health overall? The connection between the mouth and body is strong, and there are indicators that your dentist looks for to keep you healthy. Here are four ways the dentist protects your health:

Diabetes

People with diabetes commonly have a hard time fighting off infections, including gum disease. Gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene and untreated, built-up plaque. Thankfully, if it is caught early on, gum disease and plaque build up can be reversed. If you have diabetes, or not, brushing twice a day and seeing your HomeTown Dental dentist every six months for cleanings is very important.

Heart Disease

Losing a tooth when you’re younger is an exciting time, but when your an adult it is a cause for concern. A loose tooth is a sign for a couple of different health issues to a dentist, including heart disease. When there is gum disease visible, the bacteria from periodontal disease can pass through your body and into your heart.  Your dentist is here to protect your health, so if you do lose a tooth call HomeTown Dental and schedule an appointment immediately.  

Oral Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, smoking, abusing alcohol, and not using sun protection on the lips are all risk factors for oral cancer. 50,000 Americans will get oral or throat cancer in 2018. The first signs to look for are white or red patches inside your mouth.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become brittle with age. We’re able to take x-rays of your teeth and jaw to protect your health. It’s not uncommon for people with osteoporosis to lose their teeth or have receding gums.

For your healthiest mouth and body, dental visits to HomeTown Dental can be as easy as a quick cleaning. But we know that dental emergencies could happen at any point. Keep up with your dentist so both of you can be monitoring your health. If you have a dental emergency or need to schedule your next cleaning, contact HomeTown Dental today.

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