What does your Oral Health say about Your Health

There Is A Focus Renewed by General Physicians On Examining Oral Health

There is a lot said by your mouth, even when you’re not speaking. It can tell us if you’ve been brushing and flossing. It also provides clues about your overall health. Port St Lucie dentist Dr. R. Anthony Matheny, DDS has been aware of this for a long time. Lately, an increasing number of general practitioners are putting a greater focus on evaluating oral health during regular checkups.

There Are Significant Links Between Oral Health And Systemic Diseases


Studies continue to show links between our oral health and comprehensive health. Our mouths can affect the health of the rest of our bodies. For example, periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to complications with diabetes, and pre-term labor in pregnant women. There is also a high correlation between poor oral health and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.

When Your Physician Says, “Say Ah”

“HEENT” (head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat) is the term for the usual beginning evaluation by your doctor at an appointment. Health professionals have been assessing and asking that a modification be made to the traditional evaluation. They would have it be adjusted to “HEENOT” (head, ears, eyes, nose, oral cavity, and throat). Potential systemic condition signs can be caught by health professionals while examining oral health. Through health professionals oral health evaluation, they can accurately advise their patients of oral health issues that need to be addressed by a dentist for the improvement of their oral and overall health.

Don’t Skip Routine Dental Checkups

The fact that your doctor is checking your oral health is not an excuse to skip your regular dental appointments. At the St Lucie Center for Cosmetic Dentistry we are professionals in oral care, and regular maintenance from our team helps keep you healthy. Be sure that each time your physician checks your mouth, they find it happy and healthy.

If you have any questions about your oral health, please contact us at (772) 878-5000. We would love to talk with you and answer any oral health questions you have.

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