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Dentists are Disease Detectives

Dentists are Disease Detectives

Your dentist is a disease detective.

Did you know your mouth holds clues to what’s going on in the rest of your body?

Your dentist searches for clues that may point to other serious health issues. Dentists can detect more than 120 signs and symptoms of nondental disease by examining your mouth, head and neck. Plus, more than 90 percent of systemic diseases have oral manifestations. This means that if something is wrong in your mouth, then something could be wrong in another part of your body.

By seeing your dentist, you’re not just ensuring a healthy mouth, but a healthy body. Even more reason to see your dentist regularly.

To find out what diseases might be detected in your body, check out our video.

Additional resources:

Oral Cancer Foundation
American Dental Association
American Cancer Society
Delta Dental Salivary Diagnostics Press Release