Brushing, for the vast majority of us, is something we have all been doing since before we can remember – a morning & nightly ritual. However, it might be time for a refresher. Young or old, new to brushing or a seasoned vet – here are 4 brushing mistakes that could be doing wrong to your teeth. (more…)
It is every patient’s worst nightmare to hear a cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately for dentists, it is sometimes part of the job. Here is how to spot the symptoms of mouth cancer, and some steps you can take to prevent it.
What To Look For
Oral cancer can be hard to spot, as part of your mouth are hard to see every day. However, any abnormality could be a sign of an oral condition in need of a dental check.
If you notice any open sores or ulcers that don’t heal quickly, or you are finding small patches of white, flaky looking skin in your mouth, give your dentist a call to have that checked sooner than later. It is also important to notice any bumps or swelling in your mouth. This could also be a symptom of oral cancer.
How To Prevent It
While there is no way to guarantee a cancer free life, there are a few ways you can prevent it. Eating a balanced diet, brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding smoking or chewing tobacco, limiting your consumption of alcohol, and most importantly, seeing your dentist regularly are all great ways to not only maintain great oral health, but are known to prevent oral cancer as well.
Have An Oral Cancer Question?
Looking for more information on oral cancer? Give our specialists a call today at (602) 795-5995.
In a perfect world you would never have to worry about getting a root canal. Your teeth would never become inflamed or infected and you could live your life without ever having to hear those two words. But we don’t live in that perfect world, and all human beings have the potential to develop dental problems that can only be remedied by a root canal.
It’s a procedure that’s often misunderstood. A lot of people don’t even know WHAT a root canal is! We at Dental Specialty Associates would be happy to answer that question, and to also offer you tips on how you can keep your teeth in such good shape that they won’t need a root canal. Read on and find out how you can keep the roots of your teeth in tip-top shape. (more…)
In the United States, September is National Gum Care Month, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss some of the finer points of preventing gum disease. Periodontal disease is difficult to detect without the help of a professional, but if left untended, it can cause serious oral health problems. To eliminate the need for future periodontal treatments, look over this guide to perfect oral hygiene.
Step 1: Brushing, Flossing and Rinsing
Believe it or not, there is a wrong way to brush your teeth. Many people forget to brush the backs or sides of their teeth during their regular oral routine. Also, pay special attention to your gum line and try to brush for two to three minutes twice daily. Additionally, flossing should be done at least once a day and while rinsing is not a flossing or brushing substitute, using it twice daily can decrease your plaque by up to 20 percent.
Step 2: Watch Your Habits and Diet
Consuming tobacco products stains your teeth and negatively impacts your gum health in a significant way. Try to avoid indulging in these products as well as sugary or starchy foods. Sugar and starch facilitate plaque production. However, foods rich in vitamin A and C can boost your tooth and gum strength overall.
Step 3: Schedule Regular Check Ups
Gum disease is easier to identify in its later stages, but by then, it’s too late to make a complete recovery. To catch periodontal issues early, you should visit your dentist every six months. He or she can give you a good idea of your oral health status and suggest a more personalized oral care plan.
Schedule Your Regular Dental Check Up Today
Now that you understand the importance of oral hygiene, you should contact your local general dentist in Phoenix, AZ to discuss your oral health and relevant preventive measures. Give Dr. Brian Lilien a call to schedule your appointment today and get into the sprit of National Gum Care Month.