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Mouth can tell dentist a lot about health

from Las Vegas Review-Journal

You've heard poets talk about how the eyes are windows to the soul? Let Las Vegas dentist Dr. Peter Balle offer a less poetic but eminently more practical observation. The mouth, Balle says, "is kind of like a window to your overall health." From heart disease to eating disorders to gauging just how stressed out you are, a dentist can tell much about your general health by assessing your teeth and gums. Meanwhile, bad oral hygiene may cause, or complicate the treatment of, such medical conditions as heart disease and diabetes, while medical problems elsewhere in the body even can make it more difficult for a patient to maintain his or her dental health. Dr. Daniel Orr, director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, says dentists long have been aware of a connection between dental health and medical health. more

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