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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 Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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