Dr. Nakyonyi Maria Gorretti
A reflection of what is taking on inside your body is the mirror.
Most of the times we forget this or better still we are ignorant about this.
So many illnesses taking place inside your body can be seen in the mouth. Therefore, the dentist might be the first person to give you a key to an ongoing hazard in your body.
Yes, you should be wondering how is this so?
It is so because the mouth is part of the body. It is the mirror of the body.
Sometimes when you visit your dentist, you are asked a number of questions that you think are not pertinent to oral health so you don’t disclose important medical facts!
Each time you hide something from your dentist, you are hurting yourself because there is a reason why you are asked particular questions.
There are common diseases that your dentist can notice from the mouth e.g. HIV/AIDS, Diabetes Mellitus, Syphilis, Tuberculosis e.t.c
Special considerations are undertaken by your dentist when you are pregnant, on certain medications and even in allergies.
It is important you disclose all medical information to your dentist!
Dr.Nakyonyi is a Dental Surgeon and Projects Secretary, Uganda Dental Association
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