Dentists Can Find Many Health Problems During Routine Exams, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Dentist, Moscow, Idaho
As oral health in uniquely linked to many health problems, dentists can pick up a lot during a routine dental exam. Beyond checking the teeth and gums, Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho, will routinely screen for signs of oral cancer and he will look at a person's face and forehead for any other signs of cancer as well.
Dr. Hansen will also look for gum disease, specifically the bacterial infection that goes into the gums. With gum disease, comes a higher risk of adult-onset diabetes and if you already have diabetes, it's much harder to control when also having gum disease. For pregnant women, their risk of low-weight births are increased when having gum disease. There is also a higher risk of heart disease and high blood pressure for those with gum disease. Additionally, there is a link between gum disease and arthritis and erectile dysfunction.
By looking in your mouth, dentists are able to determine how well you breathe and seeing if you're at high risk for sleep apnea, which is where you stop breathing while asleep. Sleep apnea greatly increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, erectile dysfunction, depression and diabetes, just to name a few.
Dentists provide a very viable alternative to the CPAP device when treating sleep apnea. The CPAP is a fan that blows air up your nose to pull your airway open while you sleep. A dentist can provide an oral appliance, similar to a mouth guard, that doesn't need to be plugged in and doesn't make any noise, like a CPAP device does. The oral appliance postures your jaw in such a way that it keeps the airway open while you sleep.
Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental. He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.