Oral Cancer Screening
We perform an oral cancer screening every time we look in your mouth. Unfortunately there are no accurate screening tests we can use to know for sure. We’ve tried a few but they just don’t work well.
Thankfully, it’s not a very common occurrence but it is more prevalent in smokers and smokeless tobacco users.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal (Gum) disease is considered a “silent” disease as it rarely causes pain. It’s rather deviant in that it slowly erodes away the bone and tissue that support teeth. Usually by the time a tooth gets loose it may be too late to fix. Healthy gum tissue is pink. If your gums are red and/or bleed while brushing or flossing you likely have Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage to Periodontal disease.
Bad breath is also associated with gum disease so if your loved ones mention that get it checked out. The bacteria associated with gum disease are linked to heart disease so don’t ignore it.
Sealants are placed on the chewing surface of newly erupted teeth. Kids permanent molars erupt around the ages of 6 and then again around 12. The chewing surface of molars oftentimes have very deep and narrow grooves which are almost impossible to clean well. A sealant fills these deep grooves before a cavity has a chance to set in. The process of placing a sealant is very simple and very effective at preventing cavities. Sealants have been one of the most beneficial preventive procedures we have in Dentistry.
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