Since the time of the Egyptians, dentists have been described as “diagnosticians”. Even at that time, dentists and medical doctors were represented separately in hieroglyphic fonts. We can easily understand the importance of dentists in general health from these definitions.
We have all often heard the saying “The mouth is the mirror of the whole body”.
Did you know that sometimes when you go to the dentist for any dental problem, you can actually have a lot of information about the health of your body?
We dentists, as Ibn Sina said, “There is no disease, there is a patient”, and since we know the importance of the mouth in the body, we see that the body is a whole and the oral environment is a messenger to us by experiencing different patient experiences.
For example; Your veneers have been replaced, and you have redness and bleeding in a local area in the mouth that does not go away despite the normal healing process. This may indicate that you have allergic problems in your body.
If your general dental treatments have been performed and you have pain that does not go away even though the expected average healing process has passed, you may have a fibromyalgia problem.
We often see that eighty per cent of our patients, especially those who have all jaw bite problems, also have problems in the spine. This situation can also progress in the form of unilateral or bilateral tooth deficiency causing spinal problems.
Delay in the healing process observed after surgical procedures (wisdom tooth extraction, implant surgery…) or abnormal tissue healing in our patients,
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Vitamin K deficiency
- Suspicion of diabetes or a problem in healing factors makes us think that there is a problem.
In such patients, we prefer to work together with our partner physicians.
We have some patients who apply to us with complaints of persistent toothache. These patients may have been examined by several dentists and no problem was found in their teeth, or canal treatment may have been performed on the teeth that the patient referred with the complaint of pain, but the pain may still not go away. In such patients, after taking a detailed patient history (anamnesis) and questioning conditions such as migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, we refer them to our partner physicians.
The body gives us information about everything; sometimes a condition that looks like a wisdom toothache can be an ear infection.
Therefore, correct diagnosis and planning are very important in observing the well-being of our patients.
The body is a whole and it is very important to evaluate the whole body together in this sense.
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