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10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Dentist Was Doing At Your Routine Checkup

It is a well known fact that your mouth is the window to your overall health. Every time you go to your dentist, it is not just your teeth that are being checked for cavities, infact the dentist is looking for many more potential problems which may indicate overall health issues in your body. Your mouth can show signs of nutritional deficiencies, illnesses and general infections. Also, a close examination can reveal signs of drug use, domestic physical abuse, harmful habits, addictions and general health status.


Following are the 10 things your dentist is doing at a regular checkup that you may be unaware of :

Smelling your breath : Bad breath (halitosis) can be a red flag that indicates dental problems. Persistent bad breath may be a warning sign of gum disease, ill fitting dental appliances, an infection in the mouth, or cavities. Systemic problems indicated by bad breath include respiratory infections (bronchitis or pneumonia), sinus infections, diabetes (sweet smelling breath), ac…

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