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Dentist Check-ups Help Detect Early Diseases of the Body

By on November 7th, 2015

A Melbourne dentist does far more than help patients maintain oral health. The dentist is often the first to observe signs and symptoms of conditions ranging from diabetes and osteoporosis to heart disease and cancer. Regular cleanings are an easy way of reducing the risks.

An unhealthy mouth has been associated withdementia. Research has demonstrated that those who skip brushing or brush less than once a day are 65 percent more likely to develop the disease. Research indicates bacteria from gum disease may enter the brain via the blood stream and cause inflammation.

The early warning signs of diabetes can be detected by the dentist. Loose teeth, inflammation and bleeding gums are all symptoms that afflict diabetics. Those with diabetes are more susceptible to complications and heal slower, making early detection essential.

Dry mouth may seem like a simple problem, but it can result in major problems. Saliva works to wash debris and bacteria from the mouth, preventing it from collecting on the teeth. Dry mouth can have multiple causes, including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease or medications.
An eating disorder is easy to identify by a Ballajura dentist, no matter how much the patient tries to hide it. Bleeding gums, dry mouth, poor nutrition and erosion of the teeth are all signs of anorexia and bulimia.

The bacteria generated in periodontal disease can increase the risk of heart disease by up to 53 percent, contributing to the formation of plaque in arteries and clots that interfere with circulation.Those who receive regular cleanings and scrapings reduce their risk of heart attack by 24 percent and of stroke by 13 percent.

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones and that thinning and deterioration often appear on dental films before patients are aware there’s a problem. The condition is most common in post-menopausal women and symptoms may include a receding gum line or loose teeth.

QV Dental is a preferred  dentist, offering general and cosmetic dentistry for a variety of needs. Advanced technology and extensive experience combine to keep mouths healthy and detect early signs of physical disease.

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