It is very important to everyone to get their bi-annual cleanings, not only because you are paying for it out of your paycheck monthly but because health issues can make changes to your mouth. Like Diabetes,cancer, and certain medications can also alter the mouth by becoming dry which can activate cavities, bad breath and gum disease. Pregnancy is another life changing event,especially for the body and can rapidly change your mouth. Babies take nutrients that help the mouth, which can weaken teeth, make gum tissue sore and or bleed. The teeth are more prone to decay when pregnant. Most Insurance companies are starting to realize that maybe having an extra cleaning would benefit the patients plus them with less out of pocket for both in the end. If you are one of these patients that are finding yourself in a life changing event, contact your Insurance and see if the company has a clause that allows for more cleanings during that time.
What are Precancerous and Cancerous Oral Lesions?
Precancerous oral lesions are abnormal cell growths in or around the mouth. They may become cancer. Cancerous oral lesions are life-threatening cell changes in the mouth. These lesions need to be detected early to give you a better chance for a cure.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of precancerous and cancerous oral lesions may include:
*A sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal within 3 weeks
*White or red lesions or ulcers on the tongue, gums, or lining of the mouth that doesn’t go away.
*Tenderness or pain in the mouth that persists
See your dental professional about any sore or pain in the mouth that doesn’t go away in 3 weeks. He or she will ask questions about your medical and dental history. your entire mouth, including your lips and teeth, will be checked. A biopsy or other tests may also be done.
A biopsy is the best way to find out if a lesion is precancerous or cancerous. During a biopsy, the area around the lesion will be numbed. A part of the lesion will then be removed and sent to a lab to be examined under a microscope.
Along with a biopsy, other tests may be helpful in making the diagnosis. They include staining and cytology.
The area in your mouth around the lesion may be stained with a special dye. The dye binds to cancerous cells, staining only these cells. After a few hours, the color from the dye will disappear.
Your dental professional may scrape the surface of the lesion with a brush to obtain cells. This is called a brush biopsy. Anesthesia (numbing medication) is not needed. The cells are then sent to a lab, where they are examined for cancer.
Your treatment will depend on the nature of the oral lesion. Talk to your dental or medical professional about which treatment may be best for you.
Types of treatment:
Surgery. Precancerous or cancerous oral lesions may be removed with surgery. In some cases, your speech, swallowing, and chewing may be affected. Your dental or medical professional can tell you more about this.
This treatment uses waves of energy to kill cancerous cells. Treatment is most often given for 5 to 7 weeks. Patients may have some side effects, such as dry mouth or mouth pain. but these can usually be controlled.
Combination therapy. Both surgery and radiation therapy may be used to treat advanced cases of oral cancer.
Chemotherapy. This treatment uses special chemicals to kill cancerous cells. It may be used along with combination therapy in advanced cases of oral cancer. Chemotherapy may make you less able to fight infections for a while.
The best way to catch any problems early is to have regular oral checkups. To help reduce your risk for oral cancer, follow the tips below.
*Get oral checkups atleast 2 times a year even if your mouth and teeth don’t hurt or your dentures fit.
*Don’t use Tobacco. Tobacco increases the risk for oral cancer. Don’t smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. And don’t chew tobacco or use snuff. It’s never too late to stop using tobacco.
*Limit Alcohol. Don’t drink a lot of alcohol. If you do, you may be at a higher risk for oral cancer.
*Eat a Healthy Diet. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may lower your risk for oral cancer.
*Use Good Oral Hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth each day. If you wear dentures, keep them clean.
All of us here at Rangewood Dental are a friendly-oriented people. We love to treat you with the best of quality work. We enjoy all of our patients and their lovely warm smiles! We have our wonderful Dr.H who will show you all the possibilities to make your smile healthy and beautiful. He is caring and sensitive to your needs. Our lovely Hygienist, Catherine, will make sure that you leave with the cleanest and freshest breath EVER! She explains her every move in your mouth and keeps you updated on your health. We have our awesome Spanish speaking dental assistant, Stephanie, who assists doc by his side. She is THE best and hardest working assistant hands down!! Up front we have the Insurance “Guru” Jenny who will go above and beyond to locate, fix, and fight for your insurance, better known as our Patient Coordinator. She also helps out with scheduling appointments for our patients. Nadine is the glue that holds this office together, better known as our exceptional Office manager! She works hard to make sure your needs are met! She has been with us for 6 six years. She speaks fluent German and loves Colorado! And occasionally you will find her in the back helping out assist the doctor chairside. She started out as our dental assistant and has ventured up front where she is loved by all our patients! 🙂 come visit our office…we promise you’ll never want to go any where else!!
Choosing what and how white your smile should be, when you are replacing your real teeth with cosmetic appliances, either bridges,crowns,veneers,partials or dentures depends on the patient. Some want that bright white sparkle where others go towards a more natural color of teeth and it will also depend on where the replacing teeth are at. You do not want your upper teeth so white that the lowers are not able to be that white. if you are going to have any front facing teeth replaced or covered try whitening the surrounding teeth to a shade that you are happy with and then get the replacement teeth to match that shade. Remember that after a while if you stop whitening the other natural teeth then they will go back to a darker color and then the replaced teeth will stand out more.
Reshaping your teeth through bonding and veneers doesn’t just give you a better looking smile — it also creates a more even bite. And an even bite is better for your jaw and overall oral health.
Gaps or unevenness in your bite caused by widely spaced or too long teeth can put strain on your jaw muscles when you bite and chew. Gaps which also creates places for food particles to hide and promote bacterial growth, end up leading to tooth decay. Tooth decay, in turn, can lead to gum disease and even heart disease.
Fixing your bite through cosmetic dentistry will not only boost your confidence, but it may also protect you from very real health concerns.
Bonding is a composite, tooth colored material that can be applied to lengthen or widen teeth, creating a more even smile. It can usually be applied in a single visit.
Veneers are porcelain covers manufactured in a lab and applied to the fronts of your teeth. They are usually used to cover chipped or stained teeth, but may also be used with bonding to change the shape and appearance of a tooth.
A whiter smile is available at home:
Over time, teeth can yellow. Cigarettes, coffee, tea, cola, wine and even some foods such as blueberries and spinach can speed discoloration. Stained teeth may cause a person to be self-conscious, which can have a very real effect on their interpersonal relationships.
One of the simplest ways to whiten teeth and thereby boost confidence is through professional bleaching.