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Oral Cancer Facts and Screening

How common and how serious is oral cancer? Oral cancer, the sixth most common cancer, accounts for about 3.6 percent of all cancers diagnosed, with roughly 40,000 new cases of oral cancer reported annually in the United States. The vast majority of these cases occur in people older than 45 years, with men being twice as likely as women to develop the disease. The most frequent oral cancer sites are the tongue, the floor of the mouth, and soft palate tissue areas in back [...]

By |2023-12-22T15:02:12-08:00February 20, 2024|Preventative Dentistry|

Get An Oral Cancer Screening

Detect oral cancer in its early stages. If you are a user of alcohol, tobacco, or other nicotine products, you probably already know that they aren't good for your oral health. The last thing you want is to hear another lecture about kicking the habit. Well, when you visit our office, we are not here to guilt-trip you. We're here to help! And part of that process includes providing an oral cancer screening, especially if you're at high risk. Oral cancer is a relatively [...]

By |2023-05-23T08:00:18-07:00May 23, 2023|Preventative Dentistry|

Do You Have Gum Recession?

What is Gum Recession? Gum recession is a condition in which gum tissue shrinks/retracts/disappears over time. The result is that teeth appear longer and exposed. Superficially, this might look unsightly, but it can also cause sensitivity, discomfort, and other problems. If left untreated, recession can lead to cavities and, eventually, tooth loss. It may be easy to take steps to prevent gum recession. But, because it happens slowly over time, those at risk are often unaware of the problem until significant recession has already [...]

By |2023-04-11T08:00:20-07:00April 11, 2023|Periodontal Dentistry|

Receding Gums Treatment

Do You Have Receding Gums? What it means and how to treat it. Receding gums is a common periodontal problem where the gum tissue shrinks or retracts, leaving teeth exposed and vulnerable. Gum recession has several possible causes and is more likely to occur as we age. When it comes to dentistry, our primary goal regarding gum recession is to protect teeth roots and restore gum tissue to a healthy level. Receding gums can also contribute to an older looking smile, so addressing it [...]

By |2022-08-09T08:00:48-07:00August 9, 2022|Periodontal Dentistry|

Oral Cancer Prevention

Critical Oral Cancer Facts And what to know about prevention Oral cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease. Every year, over 50,000 Americans receive a diagnosis. Typically, it affects men at twice the rate of women and is most often diagnosed in those 40 years of age and older. Risk factors include tobacco use (especially chewing tobacco), consuming alcohol, and contracting human papillomavirus (HPV). If these characteristics describe you, then be sure to do your best to change the behavior! [...]

By |2022-04-12T08:00:04-07:00April 12, 2022|Preventative Dentistry|

Bad Habits for Teeth

Everyday Habits can Impact Oral Health Most of us have a bad habit or two that we'd like to change. Here are some common habits that are especially hard on teeth: Biting or Chewing Non-Foods Items Maybe you've done it for years with no harm, but each time you bite a non-food object is unnecessary wear and tear, making chips and other damage more likely. If you chew on pencils or toothpicks, bite your nails, or use your teeth as a tool to open [...]

By |2019-12-23T08:00:22-08:00December 23, 2019|Patient Education|

Strategies for Nicotine Addiction

Are You Trying to Give up Nicotine? Nicotine continues to be popular with teens and young adults, and there are more ways to become addicted than ever before. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco remain, while e-cigarettes and vaporizers are now available in tempting flavors. We all know about the numerous side effects tobacco and/or nicotine can have on health, so there are plenty of reasons you might want to kick the habit! Here's How: Slowly Reduce Instead of quitting cold turkey, pick a target date [...]

By |2019-03-26T08:00:48-07:00March 26, 2019|Patient Education|

Brightening Your Smile…

You Owe It to Yourself Finally achieving a great looking, bright smile can mean a lot. Especially if negative feelings about your smile have been holding you back in life, causing self-consciousness about your overall appearance. Whether you are worried about a job interview, going on a date, or meeting with business clients, there are many instances in which a bright white smile can improve your confidence. Brighten Up Your Smile If you're unhappy with the appearance of your teeth due to stains or [...]

By |2019-02-12T08:00:36-08:00February 12, 2019|Cosmetic Dentistry|

What You and Your Mouth Need to Know About Cancer

Early Detection Remains Key Just as in any good crime show, the sooner the heroes discover the problem and get to work solving it, the better the outcome. Looking inside your mouth provides us a unique opportunity to detect other potential health problems, particularly the signs of oral cancer. Did you know that you get what amounts to a mini-cancer screening with every routine dental examination? And we continue to evaluate new screening products as they appear on the market. For most of our [...]

By |2017-06-27T00:00:33-07:00June 27, 2017|Patient Education|

Bad Oral Habits Explained

Tooth-related habits, too, can be conscious (brushing and flossing) or unconscious—chewing on pencils, for example. Dental habits become bad when teeth are expected to do things they're not cut out for—opening bottles, chewing off the little plastic tags on new clothing, trimming nails, and so on. And bad dental habits can be downright dangerous. To name a few: Swiss Army Mouth Mistaking your teeth for a sort of all-purpose bottle-cap-removal-unit-plus-toolbox is a great way of developing unnecessary chips, fractures, and dislocations. If this is [...]

By |2017-05-23T00:00:31-07:00May 23, 2017|Patient Education|