Your mouth, The Window of Wellness

Some 20 years ago I used to do a radio show called “The Window of Wellness” on a local radio station.  The owner of the station, now departed, was a patient and needed extensive treatment.  He was always curious about the world and asked a lot of questions about, before, during and after his treatment.  We became friends as seems to happen with many of my patients and he suggested that I formalize some of our discussions to develop some radio advertising. 

At the time a national radio personality, Paul Harvey, was doing a syndicated program every day at 4:30 in our market called, “The Rest of the Story” and my friend suggested that I pattern my presentations after Mr. Harvey’s model. 

The general idea started out that I was going to do a brief 30 second dental health primer as an advertisement but as it developed they got longer and some were even entertaining. Finally,  they became a regular part of the programming and some local adds were sold as sponsors for the little segment. 

The purpose of the segment was to point out that the mouth often provided indicators of health or disease in the rest of the body.  Signs and symptoms of systemic disease are often manifested in the mouth via the saliva, the soft and hard tissues, the location of various lesions, etc.  By sampling saliva, for example, high blood sugar can be detected as well as other disease entities from genetic anomalies to tertiary syphilis to vitamin deficiencies and on and on.  Mouth malodor can also indicate pathology and even the ingestion of substances that are harmful. I was not suggesting then nor am I now that I am a diagnostician that is able to make remarkable discoveries about anyone’s health from examining their mouth but I, and most dentists, have seen enough normal mouths to recognize an abnormal situation and make an appropriate referral when or if we see such. 

While there are numerous potential subjects for us to discuss in the venue of a blog I truly would like to address topics that my audience would like to learn about.  Therefore if any readers have questions or suggestions I would be happy to address those topics.  In the meantime as most of you know I don’t have trouble pontificating about mundane, arbitrary and trivial topics I might come across in the course of a day at the office.  In the event that one of our discussions leads to a question that would benefit from further