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Did you know that your dentist can diagnose diabetes?

Many of the early symptoms of diabetes are hidden, making it difficult to diagnose. In fact, it is estimated that around a third of people with diabetes have not yet been diagnosed with the disease. But the dentist can help! This is because diabetic patients have high levels of glucose, which means they will often have problems with their teeth and gums. Typical problems for diabetic patients are:

  • Sore and/or loose teeth
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay

Diabetes patients who are in control of their disease are less likely to have the above problems. Therefore, by looking at your dental and oral problems early on, your dentist can diagnose diabetes.

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Did you know that your dentist can check you for oral cancer?

When your dentist performs a normal dental examination, your dentist will typically also look for various signs of disease. Oral cancer often begins as small sores or small red or white patches. A dentist is good at identifying these and other signs of cancer. The dentist will be able to perform a complete screening within a few minutes. The dentist looks at the following areas:

  • Face, neck, lips and mouth
  • Jaw and throat
  • Your tongue
  • Upper and lower oral cavity

Some wounds and stains are harmless, others are not. Through a test, the dentist can remove cells from suspicious areas and have them further analysed. Oral cancer can be more easily treated and cured if detected early.

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Did you know that dental diseases increase the risk of heart diseases?

Recent research shows that periodontitis caused by poor oral hygiene not only leads to tooth loss, but can also cause heart disease and stroke. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum diseases have almost twice the risk of heart diseases as those without. Gum infections are also more common in people who suffer different types of strokes. It is not known exactly why and how gum disease affects the health of your heart. But one theory is that bacteria from the infected gums can enter your bloodstream and connect with the fatty acids in your heart. So there is every reason to take good care of your gums.

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Do you have swollen, red or bleeding gums?

If you have swollen, red or bleeding gums, then it may be the beginning of periodontitis. Periodontitis is a bacterial infection that occurs under and along the gums. If the harmful bacteria are not removed, they will multiply quickly and damage your tissue. In the worst case, the bacteria might break down your gums and the bone structure that holds your teeth. Eventually, your teeth will fall out. Fortunately, there are many things you can do yourself to minimise and prevent the risk of periodontitis.

  • Brush your teeth gently and at least twice a day paying special attention to the gums. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
  • Use floss at least once a day between your teeth. Dental floss is the only way that you can clean out impurities between your teeth.
  • Regularly go to the dentist, at least once a year.
  • Eat a healthy and nutritious diet.

Avoid tobacco products.

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