Many visit their dentist in hopes of getting their teeth cleaned and avoiding a cavity. However, a dentist can also detect major health problems, such as diabetes and oral cancer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts nearly a third of adults in the country could have diabetes by 2050. Poor diet and little exercise are contributing factors that cause people to develop the condition.
Delta Dental Insurance Company vice president of professional services John Yamamoto says catching a disease early is important.
"Recent studies have shown that periodontal disease may be associated with the development of Type 2 diabetes," says Yamamoto. "Periodontal disease may also make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar, placing them at greater risk for other diabetic complications."
In addition to the potential health complications that can arise from diabetes, the condition can also lead to higher life insurance premiums. If caught early, some people can make lifestyle changes to reduce the severity of the disease. Limiting fats and oils in one's diet can help turn their health around.