One of the signs of inflammation is heat. As the body’s immune system is busy fighting areas of infection, inflammation results, and when thermographic images are generated, the heated areas are exposed to be analysed for any necessary precautions. Often, results that are not symmetrical patterns show irregularity, and are consequently flagged for further investigation. Chronic inflammation is known as “the silent killer”; although common indications of inflammation are swelling, pain, and redness, often these symptoms only show once damage has already been done to the inflamed area. The thermographic patterns shown via thermal imaging can help detect inflammation that may not have these other symptoms, or before any of these symptoms become present and are examined. A prime example of inflammation occurring in the body where there may be no pain, redness, or swelling is in the root canal area. Thermography can detect inflammation in this area before any later symptoms occur, which can take years to surface while the underlying inflammation can cause health problems via blood supply to nearby organs, such as the thyroid and breasts.
Over the past few years, infrared images have shown an interesting pattern where thermographers clearly see cases of inflammation in the dental area. In many cases the low-grade infection and inflammation have been attributed to oral issues such as rootcanal treated teeth. Unfortunately, these areas can be asymptomatic for years. The best way to go about treating them is identifying the area and treating the cause. Because inflammation is a key factor in health and disease causing processes in the body, it is important to monitor and understand when it is occuring in the body and whether it is chronic, as long-term inflammation can lead to issues in immunity down the road if not treated properly.
Studies have shown that dental health is linked to overall health. When thermal imaging shows an increased risk in a breast assessment that correlates with a root canal, we can then see how your oral health could be affecting your overall health. For this reason, we recommend doing dental and breast imaging together. Once a baseline is established, going forward, we can then track changes. Take control of your overall health, and make an appointment for a cranial-dental-thyroid assessment today!
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