Gum Disease

The mouth – including the tongue and teeth – is a very important area for diagnosing systemic as well as local disorders.

Aware dentists are often the first to diagnose diseases such as oral cancer, AIDS and anaemia. The oral symptoms of any kind of cancer include cracks in the corner of the mouth, changes in the colour of the tongue and lips (sometimes turning blood red) and chronic gum bleeding. Even at the pre-cancer stage gum bleeding can occur, so if treated appropriately this can be reversed.