Teeth and good oral hygiene are more integral to overall health than most people know. We smile easily and eat effortlessly when teeth are healthy and bright. However, if for some reason oral health deteriorates, if not attended to swiftly, the loss of teeth may make it difficult to chew and impossible to smile without embarrassment. In addition, poor oral health is an indicator of other more serious underlying health problems.
One important thing most people don’t yet know is that the mouth is where most systemic diseases make their first appearance. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90% of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms. In fact, the accuracy of saliva testing is gaining ground. In the future, saliva testing may replace blood testing as a means of diagnosing and monitoring diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, HIV and many other infectious diseases.
Finding a dentist that is aware of and bases his or her practice on up-to-date techniques is not always easy. We are few and far between. To aid you in your search you could ask if the dentist you are considering is familiar with and uses the Bale-Doneen method in their practice.
This extraordinary method consists of a series of tests that are being used by medical practitioners across the board, including dentists. The saliva tests identify the bad bacteria in an individual which also gives an accurate picture of the particular individual’s ability to handle inflammation. These tests could help someone in the early stages of periodontal disease take action to stop it in its track and save teeth later in life. It could also indicate one’s cardiac health, whether or not they may be susceptible to a stroke and more.
If you’re new to an area and are looking for a reputable dentist, or if you are simply looking for a new dentist, do yourself a favor and select one that can also be a valuable partner to your primary care doctor and your overall medical team.