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Let’s Talk Dental Check-ups!

By: | Thursday, June 30th, 2016 | Oral Cancer Screening, Oral Health

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Dental Check-upContrary to the common impression, dentistry is not intended as an “after-the-fact” method of health care. In our practice, we encourage routine visits at six-month intervals. It may seem as though the dental check-up does very little, but that is not accurate. A lot goes on behind the scenes of these visits!

Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is still something that we don’t talk much about. Fortunately, this is because other dental conditions like decay and gum disease are much more prevalent. However, each dental check-up includes a thorough screening conducted by your dentist. Sometimes these screenings employ state-of-the-art technologies, though research suggests that these methods are not necessarily superior to a standard manual and visual oral cancer screening. What research does suggest is that the early detection of oral cancer leads to the most advantageous outcome.

New Toothbrush! Thanks!

Have you ever wondered about the new toothbrush you get after routine dental exams? There is good reason for this small gift. Brushing and flossing are the cornerstone activities of healthy teeth and gums, but many people forget to replace their toothbrush as often as they should. Your toothbrush really should be replaced every couple of months. Receiving one from your dentist can prompt renewed effectiveness in oral care.

What Happens in the Mouth, Stays in the Mouth – Not!

While many people know they want to avoid issues in their mouth, there remains a large misconception that conditions like cavities and gum disease are mere “dental problems.” This is not so. Research continues to provide us with valuable evidence as to why we want to minimize tooth decay and gum disease – and it’s not only about teeth.

Inflammation in oral tissues is the result of bacteria. The microorganisms that live in plaque are not stuck, by any means. They can pack up and move to a welcoming new location in your body by travelling along the digestive tract, the respiratory tract, or the blood; and research tells us they are up to no good. An unhealthy mouth reflects a risk for unhealthy conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and more.

Dental exams aren’t just about your teeth, although it may seem that way. To guard your smile – and your health, schedule your visit for routine dental care.





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