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Dental check-ups ‘can highlight underlying medical conditions’

Fri

Avoid emergency dentistry and get a health check with a visit to a dentist.  Not only could regularly visiting a professional help to avoid a need for emergency dentistry, it could also flag up any underlying health issues patients may be suffering from.

This is according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, which points out that an oral examination can reveal conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis and eating disorders, US Insurance Online reports.

Furthermore, looking after the teeth could also prevent other problems like lung disease, the organisation said.

Solomon Romano said getting used to a proper oral hygiene regime is essential.

“Regardless of age or ethnicity, it’s important to practice good dental care. People should visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and check-up,” he added.

This follows advice earlier this week from Mary Hayes, spokesperson for the American Dental Association, who told the Norwich Bulletin that people should view their teeth like they do their cars and book them in for a regular ‘MOT’.

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‘Treat teeth like your car’ to prevent emergency dentistry

Wed

Regular check-ups should prevent emergency dentistry.Treating teeth to a check-up as regularly as you do your car could help to prevent emergency dentistry, it has been stressed.

Mary Hayes, spokesperson for the American Dental Association, told the Norwich Bulletin that many people put off going to see a dentist until they have a serious problem such as intense pain, even though this is a big mistake.

“Dentistry’s strength is in its model of prevention and we should care for our teeth at least as well as we do our cars,” she commented.

This means going for a check-up with a dental practitioner every six months to a year, Ms Hayes said.

However, people who suffer from a lot of plaque build-up may wish to consider going three or even four times a year.

Colgate states that teeth are clean and free from debris when the breath is not stale and gums are firm and do not bleed during brushing or flossing.

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