Ouch—no one likes to get bad news in the cosmetic dentist London chair. But good dental health is a reflection of good health overall—and how well you take care of your teeth may reflect how well you take care of the rest of your body. That’s why your dentist can tell you a lot more about your health than simply the state of your mouth. A routine dental exam may reveal problems with your bones, heart, or digestion because certain warning signs live inside your mouth. And not only can routine dental check-ups reveal certain health problems, they may also prevent them. In fact, a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association found that people who received regular teeth cleanings and scrapings had a 24 per cent lower risk of heart attack and 13 per cent lower risk of stroke compared to people who didn’t get such dental care.