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Look for Changes in Your Mouth

Woman Looking at Her TeethWhenever you find yourself brushing or flossing in front of a mirror, take the opportunity to really look inside your mouth. Self-Examination is the first line of defense in detecting potential problems… and the earlier, the better!

Open wide and look at all the soft tissues, watching for any unusual changes such as unexplained white or red patches, pain, swelling, or oral lesions. Most of the time, these are simply an injury from biting your lip, a burn from hot food, or an irritation due to salty or acidic foods. However, sores and patches that don’t heal after a period of 1-2 weeks can be a sign of trouble. More and more, researchers are recognizing that many systemic diseases show warning signs in the mouth. The most common of these include oral cancer, diabetes, leukemia, heart disease, and kidney disease.

Nobody knows your mouth as you do! So trust your instincts and contact us for an appointment if you have any unexplained changes like swelling, oral lesions, or pain.

About Dr. William J. Black

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Black has 8 children, works actively with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys gardening.

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