Your Dentist Is More Important to Your General Health Than You May Realize

Most people view their twice-yearly visits to the dentist as little more than a cleaning and a check-up. But in reality, those visits are much more important than you probably realize. That's because your dentist is looking inside your mouth for a lot more than cavities. Plenty of medical conditions -- including some alarming ones! -- manifest in the mouth, which is the part of your body your dentist knows the most about. In fact, it's possible that your dentist is able to alert you of a potentially serious condition long before you even think about going to a primary care doctor. Here's a list of some of the medical conditions that your dentist may detect. Acromegaly When a pituitary adenoma (cancer) occurs, it causes the gland to secrete excess growth hormone. While this hormone is essential for early development, allowing it to go unchecked results in multiple systemic complications, which can eventually lead to death. What your dentist may notice are sudden and increased spacing between your teeth, and the formation of an anterior open bite. Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) The most common inherited bone disease, OI results in a deficiency to produce collagen, resulting in brittle bones prone to fracture. Atticus Shaffer (Brick from ABC's The Middle) has the condition. People are usually diagnosed with OI if they break bones in situations where a person normally would not. However, there are key signs in your mouth a dentist can look for that may provide an early diagnosis....
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Source: Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Revista Espanola de Cardiologia - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 May 2019Source: Journal of Cancer PolicyAuthor(s): Steve Langton, Derek Lowe, Simon N Rogers, Annette Plüddemann, Clare BankheadAbstractBackgroundThe ‘two-week rule’ (TWR) fast-track cancer referral system for head and neck cancers was introduced by the UK government in 2000, to facilitate earlier diagnosis. However, little work has compared stage on diagnosis of cancer before and after the implementation of the system.Objectives•Describe the presentation of oral cancer in Merseyside from 1992-2012.•To evaluate whether stage on presentation has improved after...
Source: Journal of Cancer Policy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe investigative team developed a novel breast cancer treatment DA that is acceptable to women ≥70 years with a history of ER+, HER2-, early stage breast cancer. Next, the DA's efficacy needs to be tested with diverse older women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Source: Journal of Geriatric Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Publication date: August 2019Source: Cancer Epidemiology, Volume 61Author(s): Upma Sharma, Pallavi Singhal, Kapil Bandil, Rajeshwar Patle, Anoop kumar, Kausar Neyaz, Surojit Bose, Ajay Kumar Dewan, Ravi Mehrotra, Veena Sharma, Mausumi BharadwajAbstractBackground: Despite being most preventable malignancies associated with smoked and smokeless tobacco products, squamous cell carcinoma of oral cavity is one of the most common malignancy in India. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of TLRs in oral pre-cancerous, cancerous cases and their genotypic correlation with HPV/EBV, co-infection &lifestyle habits...
Source: Cancer Epidemiology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Cancer Cell - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
Go online to PeerView.com/PDD860 to view the activity, download slides and practice aids, and complete the post-test to earn credit. In this activity, a multidisciplinary panel of interventional radiology, hepatology, and medical oncology experts provide an in-depth analysis of the latest data for approved and emerging systemic treatment options and recent evidence on locoregional and multimodal approaches for patients with HCC. In addition, the expert panel provides guidance on strategies to optimally select and timely transition between locoregional and systemic therapies. Upon completion of this activity, participants s...
Source: PeerView CME/CE Audio Podcast - Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Science, Medicine Source Type: podcasts
Authors: Benchoula K, Khatib A, Jaffar A, Ahmed QU, Sulaiman WMAW, Wahab RA, El-Seedi HR Abstract Metabolic syndrome is a cluster including hyperglycaemia, obesity, hypertension, and hypertriglyceridaemia as a result of biochemical and physiological alterations and can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Fundamental research on this disease requires validated animal models. One potential animal model that is rapidly gaining in popularity is zebrafish (Danio rerio). The use of zebrafish as an animal model conveys several advantages, including high human genetic homology, transparent embryos and...
Source: Experimental Animals - Category: Research Tags: Exp Anim Source Type: research
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