Visiting your dentist in Casper twice a year means more than finding any new cavities: it’s an essential part of your overall wellness. That’s because an oral examination can reveal issues in other parts of your body.
Many diseases manifest in soft tissues of the mouth or cause pain in the jaw, so dentists often refer patients to their medical doctor for further diagnosis. Such things as inflammation, chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, or jaw pain can be a medical red flag.
Healthcare providers may soon have another oral diagnostic tool for discovering systemic diseases—a test that tests the molecules in saliva.
“UCLA researchers are working on a test that could have the ability to diagnose diseases like diabetes and cancer. It’s conceivable that dentists will soon be able to take saliva samples that can be tested for numerous diseases. And if that happens, disease diagnosis will be much simpler for all parties.”1
At Aspen Ridge Dental, our team helps patients maintain prime oral health and remarkable smiles with advanced cosmetic dentistry. We understand how the state of your dental health impacts the rest of your body. You can think of our doctors as an essential part of your healthcare team, dedicated to your overall health and well-being.
If you are in need of dental care, we invite you to schedule an examination and cleaning by calling Aspen Ridge Dental.
1Saliva Test May Uncover Deadly Diseases, Dentistry Today (citing an article in Clinical Chemistry, clinchem.org), November 6, 2014, http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10711-saliva-test-may-uncover-deadly-diseases, accessed on December 19, 2014
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