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Dentistry—Early Warning for Disease

Woman Getting a Dental ExamYour mouth is an early warning system. Changes in tissue color, persistent sores, chipped and eroded teeth, and excessive tartar buildup are certainly unattractive. But, more important, these variations from the norm can also be vital evidence of serious ill health.

What you don’t see can hurt you

You may miss early warning signals on your own; they often cause little or no distress. That’s why it’s so important to schedule dental checkups regularly. We may be the first to notice symptoms of disease.

Reading the signals

Some symptoms indicate simple vitamin or mineral deficiency. Others betray signs of serious concern—cancer of the mouth, leukemia, diabetes and, more recently, AIDS. The link between gum disease, heart problems and stroke is clear. You and your physician will want to know. Fortunately, these are rare findings. Today, we are more likely to detect the effects of modern-day stress on your teeth in the form of tooth grinding (bruxism) or TMD (jaw joint and muscle disorders).

Moral of the story

Dentists are trained to detect important warning signals and alert you to seek further medical treatment. Regular office visits not only keep your mouth, tongue, teeth and gums in top condition, they form your first line of defense against disease.

When a we look into your mouth, we’re looking for a lot more than the common cavity!

About William J. Black, DDS

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the Untied States Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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