7 Health Screenings Your Dentist Can Do
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Health Screenings Beyond Your Teeth and Gums

When you go to the dentist, you expect to get your teeth and gums checked. However, your dentist can check for many other health problems during your dental exam. Your dentist can tell a lot about what's going on in the rest of your body by checking your mouth and asking about symptoms you may be experiencing. Your dentist automatically performs health screenings for certain conditions like oral cancer. Others you may have to request from your dentist. 

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