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Discovering Hidden Health Clues in Your Smile

April 30, 2024

Your smile is more than just an expression of happiness - it can also be a window into your overall health. At the office of Redford Smiles, we believe that maintaining good oral health plays a crucial role in supporting your overall wellness. Let's explore how certain signs and symptoms visible in your mouth can reveal underlying medical conditions and why dental checkups are so important for detecting these issues early on.

Uncovering Oral Signs of Systemic Diseases

Did you know that over 90% of all systemic conditions exhibit signs and symptoms in the oral cavity? That's right! From autoimmune diseases to blood disorders, endocrine problems, neoplastic processes (cancers), gastrointestinal reflux, eating disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and more - there's a lot your dentist can learn about your health just by examining your mouth. This is why dental checkups are not only essential for maintaining beautiful smiles but also for detecting potential issues affecting your general well-being.

A Comprehensive Approach to Dental Care

At the office of Redford Smiles, we prioritize patient education and prevention as key components of our dental practice. During every checkup appointment, we carefully review your medical and dental histories, discuss any symptoms you may have developed, and perform a thorough clinical exam to assess your oral health and function. We also look for signs of disease that may have originated elsewhere in the body. Changes to the appearance of the soft tissues in and around the mouth, ulcerations, swelling, inflammation, bleeding, changes in salivary flow, discomfort, suspicious bone loss or asymmetry, some forms of tooth decay, and more may be indicative of an underlying medical condition.

Diseases with Oral Manifestations

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Blood disorders
  • Endocrine problems
  • Neoplastic processes (cancers)
  • Gastrointestinal reflux
  • Eating disorders
  • Nutritional deficiencies

The Importance of Good Oral Health for Overall Wellness

It's essential to keep in mind that maintaining good oral health also supports your overall health. Conditions affecting the teeth and gums can have consequences on the health of the rest of your body. Besides the serious threat an untreated dental infection can pose to your well-being, researchers are finding more and more links between periodontal disease and a number of medical problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory issues, and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as pre-term and low birth-weight babies.

Promoting Dental Prevention for All Ages

At the office of Redford Smiles, we emphasize the importance of dental prevention to help patients of all ages enjoy optimal oral health and wellness. We encourage patients to schedule routine checkups and professional cleanings and contact our office should any signs or symptoms of a potential problem develop.

Reach Out Today

If you're looking for a dental practice that truly cares about your overall health, look no further than the office of Redford Smiles. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing comprehensive and integrated care designed to support both your oral health and general well-being. Don't wait - give us a call today to schedule your next appointment!