Does your mouth reveal your health secrets? When you sit in the dentist’s chair, you expect the exam to uncover issues in the mouth—and the mouth only. But your teeth and tissues that are exposed when you open wide may hold clues about your risk for heart disease, cancer, arthritis, reproductive issues, and much more—sometimes long before a physician might notice other warning signs. Your mouth is a window into your overall health—and your dentist should play an integral role in diagnosing, treating, and/or preventing health problems from your head to your toes. That’s the premise of Whole-Body Dentistry®, which represents a shift away from the traditional “mouth-only” focus on oral hygiene, fillings, and extractions.
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