It’s been drilled into your head to get biannual teeth cleanings from your dentist, or else. But University of Michigan researchers found that, while high-risk patients who smoke
, have diabetes or a family history of gum disease did benefit from twice-annual cleanings, healthier, low-risk patients needed only one. Still, “Dentists may recognize symptoms of diseases that often manifest as signs inside the mouth,” says the Academy of General Dentistry’s John Comisi, D.D.S.
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