While cavities and plaque build-up may be what's on your mind before a teeth cleaning, your dentist is looking for a whole lot more.
The mouth is the window to the body. Did you know that diseases like cancer, anemia and diabetes can first be identified by your dentist during your regular exam? And it's not just diseases—dentists can discover everything from your bad habits to your favorite beverages simply by asking you to say, "Ahh!"
Read on to see just what story your mouth is telling your dentist.
13 THINGS YOUR DENTIST KNOWS ABOUT YOU
1. YOU FLOSSED RIGHT BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT - AND THAT'S THE ONLY TIME
Sorry, but you can't fool your dentist into thinking you floss daily by doing so the night before or morning of your visit. "The gums of people who only floss right before a visit are bleeding or look damaged," says Timothy Stirneman, DDS, of All Smiles Dental in Algonquin, IL, "whereas, healthy gums are nice and tight and pink," he says. Kenneth Wong, DDS, of Santa Monica adds, "When patients floss right before coming for a cleaning, I can see the slices where the floss cut at the gum because they were overzealous."