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Educate Yourself On Oral Cancer

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According to the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), over half of those in the U.S. survive from oral cancer after five years. If this condition is caught early enough, the chances of successful treatment are high.

Dentists look for early signs of mouth cancer during regular checkup appointments, but it’s also important for you to recognize these warning signals so you can bring them to the attention of your dentist right away.

Signs and Symptoms

Mouth cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, tongue and throat, as well as the salivary glands, pharynx, larynx and sinuses. And because early detection is crucial in overcoming this disease, you’ll want to visit your doctor immediately if any of the following symptoms persist for more than two weeks:

What are the symptoms of Oral Cancer?
  • Sores, swellings, lumps or thick patches anywhere in or around your mouth or throat
  • Areas of red or white lesions in your mouth or lips
  • The feeling of a lump or object stuck in your throat
  • Swellings that make wearing dentures uncomfortable
  • Numbness, pain or tenderness anywhere in your mouth, including your tongue
  • Pain in one of your ears but without any loss of hearing
  • Trouble moving your jaw or tongue, or problems with chewing, swallowing or speaking
  • Loose teeth with no apparent dental cause
  • Lingering sore throat or hoarseness
What do I need to do now? 
 
When in doubt, seek prevention! You should already practice daily oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease: brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and limiting sweets. But by regulating certain lifestyle choices – smoking, alcohol use and sun exposure, for example – you can significantly lower your risk of developing oral cancer.
Ultimately, if you know what to look for and see us for regular screenings, early signs of mouth cancer can be identified and taken care of before they become a serious problem.
Call our office today to schedule your Oral Cancer Exam: 770-623-8750.

Get Checked! April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month, a time when the dental community rallies together to fight against a serious disease. While some may think oral cancer is rare, it will cause over 8,000 deaths each year, or about one person per hour every hour of the day. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation more than 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer this year alone. Public awareness about this serious disease and its risk factors is crucial to saving lives. Dentists are in a unique position to perform head and neck exams and oral screenings every day that can help us identify abnormalities in the mouth at the earliest stage.

The fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. That’s why it is more important than ever for all adults to have regular oral cancer screenings. Knowing the risks can also help you make educated decisions about your health. There are several risk factors for oral cancer, including:

• Smoking and tobacco use are long-term historic causes of oral cancer.
• Heavy alcohol use makes you more likely to develop oral cancer.
• The HPV virus, a sexually-transmitted disease, is the leading cause of oropharyngeal (the back part of the mouth) cancer.

Make sure to talk to your dentist immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one. The symptoms of oral cancer include:

• Sores in the mouth that bleed easily or do not heal
• A thick or hard spot or lump
• A roughened or crusted area
• Numbness, pain or tenderness
• A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down

A thorough oral cancer screening takes less than five minutes. When found early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. Unfortunately, most oral cancers — particularly types caused by HPV — are discovered at later stages of development resulting in an unnecessarily high death rate.

Dentists can be a first line of defense in identifying abnormalities in the mouth, which could be signs of oral cancer. Many people do not realize that oral cancer screenings are a routine part of a more extensive exam performed during routine visits to the dentist.

Regular dental exams / checkups in our office now include this oral cancer screening. We use OralID for Oral screening.

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, oral cancer exams are reduced to $20 in April and proceeds will be donated to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Call 770-623-8750 to schedule your oral cancer screening today!

Dental Emergency During the Holidays? Here’s What To Do…..

Dental Emergency During The Holidays. What to do?

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The holidays are such a fun time of year filled with fun, family and of course, lots of eating. Unfortunately, these are also the times that a lot of dental emergencies seem to happen. People are off work, maybe playing in a family football game, or maybe just one too many drinks in and something unexpected happens. Regardless of how they happen, you need a home remedy to tie you over until your get to your dentist. So what to do when a dental emergency happens to you over the holidays? Here are some good places to start depending on what the emergency is.

Broken or Chipped Teeth

You should first retrieve and save any pieces of the tooth. Then rinse your mouth using warm water; as well as rinse any broken pieces of the tooth. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply something cold  to the outside of your mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve some of the pain. See your dentist as soon as possible.

Knocked Out Tooth

You will first want to retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the visible area of the tooth), and rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. Now don’t not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place and be sure it’s facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth into the socket, then put the tooth in a small container of milk, or a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt (if milk is not available), or a product containing a cell growth medium such as Save-a-Tooth. Regardless, you will want to see your dentist as quickly as possible. Knocked out teeth have the highest chances of being saved when seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.

Severe Toothaches

First off, you will want to rinse your mouth out with warm water as well as floss to remove and food particles. If it really hurts you may want to apply a something cold to the outside of your cheek where it’s hurting. However, never directly apply an aspirin directly to your teeth or gums as it may burn away your gum tissue. You should see your dentist as soon as possible.

Broken Braces Wires

If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can’t reposition the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to your orthodontist’s office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.

Lost Filling

As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement. You should see your dentist as soon as possible.

Lost Crown

If a crown falls off, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If you can’t get to the dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store or in the spice aisle of your grocery store). If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Whatever you do, don’t use super glue!

Abscess

Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated!

Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see your dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.

 

If you have a dental emergency, call us at 770-623-8750 and we will go the extra mile to make sure you are taken care of!

Do You Suffer From TMJ Headaches? BOTOX Might Be The Answer!

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Do You Suffer from Headaches and Jaw Pain?

TMJ/TMD is often a leading cause of jaw, neck, and shoulder pain as well as frequent headaches or migraines. A dental malocclusion is the reason, which means your bite does not come together as nature intended. This causes the muscles in the scalp, jaw, and adjacent areas to be strained, which leads to pain.

We can restore your bite to its proper position, so you no longer have to put up with frequent pain and suffering. You reap the benefits with increased energy from diminished pain. This new quality to your life will have you smiling more often.

Treatment for Headaches that Improves Your Appearance!

You may not have heard about an FDA-approved use of BOTOX® therapy for head, neck, and/or facial pain. The same effect of BOTOX that reduces the appearance of wrinkles (relaxing muscles) is used to reduce the intensity of muscle contractions. Intense and/or prolonged contractions of our muscles used for chewing can cause pain and damage to our teeth. Pain can be in the contracted muscle or can be referred to a distant site. Severe clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause the teeth to chip, break, or even need root canal treatments. One BOTOX treatment can provide relief for up to three months, and a side benefit is the reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles. You’ll look AND feel refreshed! Schedule your complimentary consultation appointment to learn more or ask us next time you come in.

Relief from Headaches Without Medication

Advanced research in dental problems related to migraines and tension headaches has led to the FDA-approved NTI™ device. This is an effective alternative to the use of drugs to relieve pain. The oral appliance relaxes the muscles of the scalp, reducing tension-related pain. Headache and migraine sufferers have been impressed with the results they receive. Studies show that 82% of patients who used this device have had 77% lower occurrence of pain. Let us tell you what we can do for you or someone you love who suffers from this problem.

If you have been living with the pain and discomfort described above, we invite you to call (770) 623-8750 to discover the benefits that these treatments may bring to your quality of life.

7 Steps to a Better Smile!

7 Steps to a Better Smile!

1. Brush regularly. Brushing is the cornerstone of dental hygiene. It removes food particles that bacteria feed on, cleans teeth, and freshens breath. A toothpaste with fluoride helps strengthen teeth, but you must brush for at least two minutes to allow it to do its work, says Jonathan Abenaim, DDS, a dentist in private practice in Hawthorne, N.J. Many electric toothbrushes have a built-in two-minute timer, which can make brushing for the full amount of time easier, he says.

2. Floss daily. Flossing removes the bacteria from in between your teeth that your toothbrush does not reach, which helps prevent gum disease. Dr. Abenaim recommends flossing twice a day, but if you only do it once daily, be sure to floss before bedtime. When you sleep, you produce less saliva, which leaves teeth and gums particularly vulnerable to bacteria.

3. Visit your dentist. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for thorough dental cleanings. Your dentist can spot the early signs of gum disease, which is more easily treated when caught in the beginning stages. If you are prone to gum disease and cavities, consider visiting your dentist every four month

Similarly, if you have other health conditions that put you at higher risk for dental problems (such as diabetes, or a depressed immune system from HIV, cancer, or chemotherapy), ask your dentist how often you should have an exam. A special dental-hygiene regimen should be considered for pregnant women, people with diabetes, and anyone undergoing chemotherapy treatment or using medications that can affect the gums (such as antiepileptics) or dry out the mouth (including some psychiatric medications).

It’s wise to examine your own mouth regularly for signs of trouble, such as a nonhealing sore on the lip or inside of your cheek, swollen gums, or sensitive or bleeding gums. If you notice any of these conditions, make an extra dental appointment to have them checked out.

4. Eat a healthy diet. Include plenty of dairy and other calcium-rich foods, like sardines and kale, in your diet. Calcium helps maintain strong bones and teeth, and the vitamin C in citrus fruits boosts gum health.

Equally important to what you do eat is what you don’t. Sugary and sticky foods that stick to the crevices of your teeth are particularly bad, as bacteria feed off the sugars and release acids that cause cavities. If you do eat candy or other sweets, try to brush immediately afterward or, if that’s not possible, rinse your mouth with water, suggests Herman Waldman, DDS.

5. Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco. People who smoke are four times more likely than nonsmokers to have gum disease, according to a study by the Journal of Periodontology. Using smokeless tobacco increases a person’s risk for oral cancers, including lip, tongue, cheeks, and gums. On a smaller scale, tobacco products contribute to bad breath, or halitosis.

6. Whiten teeth. While the benefits are solely cosmetic, with today’s products, whitening is a very safe procedure that will not harm your teeth as long as the products are used as directed and you are under the care of a dentist, says Dr. Waldman. Over-the-counter whitening products are effective for minor staining; professional-strength whitening products are better for more-severe yellowing. Speak to your dentist before undergoing any whitening procedure to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.

7. Consider cosmetic procedures. The first thing a person sees when they meet you is your smile, says Abenaim, and having crooked, stained, or missing teeth can affect your confidence. There have been great advances in cosmetic dentistry over the past decade, and it is possible to fix most cosmetic problems. Veneers for improving the appearance of crooked, stained, or oddly shaped teeth and orthodontics for straightening teeth are only two of the many cosmetic procedures offered.

Article used from: http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/101/better-smile.aspx