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Regular dental exams not only help to decrease a patient's risk of oral diseases, such as cavities and periodontal (gum) disease, but they may also help to diagnose other, sometimes life-threatening, medical conditions.
Dentists are able to assess a patient's overall oral health and may recognize symptoms of serious diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and eating disorders, which often manifest as signs and symptoms inside of the mouth.
More than 25 million people in the United States alone suffer from diabetes.
"Because diabetes reduces the body's resistance to infection, the gums are at risk for gingivitis, an inflammation usually caused by the presence of bacteria in plaque," says Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) spokesperson Julie Ann Barna, DMD, MAGD. "Additionally, those with diabetes can experience high incidences of oral fungal infections and persistent bad breath."
Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers, with approximately 35,000 new cases reported annually in the United States.
"Indicators of oral cancer may include bleeding sores, lumps, or thick, hard spots, as well as changes in the way teeth fit together,"
Oral cancer is sometimes difficult to self-diagnose, so routine dental exams are recommended. A dentist will feel for lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, cheeks, and oral cavity and thoroughly examine the soft tissues in your mouth, specifically looking for any sores or discolored tissues.
"Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, can rob the body of much-needed vitamins and minerals," says Dr. Barna. "Without proper nutrition, the gums can lose their healthy pink color and become increasingly soft and tender, bleeding easily."
Disorders that involve excessive vomiting, such as bulimia, can cause discoloration and erosion of the teeth due to constant contact with acid from the stomach. People who have eating disorders also may experience swollen salivary glands, dry mouth, sensitive teeth, and loss of tooth enamel.
Diseases negatively impact your general health, but they also can damage your oral health. Regularly scheduled dental exams allow dentists to detect or monitor your health.
"Patients should inform their dentists about any and all medical conditions and medicines that may affect their oral health, as well as any changes in their medical history,"
"Remember, maintaining a healthy body includes taking care of your oral health."
SICK OF YOUR CROOKED TEETH? BRACES CAN HELP!
It can be embarrassing and discouraging to have crooked teeth. It’s tough to smile with confidence when you are worried that others are noticing your smile imperfections – but then again, it’s also hard to smile proudly when you have a mouth full of metal braces.
Invisalign, there is a solution for patients who want to fix their smiles without resorting to traditional braces: the Invisalign clear braces system.
THE BASICS OF INVISALIGN
The basic concept of Invisalign is simple: rather than getting metal brackets bonded to their teeth, Invisalign patients wear clear, removable trays made of hard plastic. Over time, the trays are traded out to guide the teeth into their proper places.
The most obvious benefit of Invisalign aligners is that they are clear. Most people don’t even notice when others are wearing them. This is one of the main reasons many teenagers and adults choose Invisalign.
Since the clear trays are removable, patients do not have to adjust their diets as they would to protect metal braces. They can enjoy all their favorite foods, and they won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in Invisalign . Of course, the fact that they are removable also means it is much easier for patients to brush and floss properly, too.
Many patients find Invisalign to be more comfortable to wear than metal braces, as the trays are made of smooth plastic rather than mouth-irritating metal.
Patients can whiten their teeth as they straighten them. Invisalign trays can do double duty as whitening trays!
The Invisalign system makes it easy for patients to achieve their dream smiles without making it obvious to anyone else. Invisalign straightens crooked teeth effectively and discreetly. Getting orthodontic treatment has never been so attractive!
Schedule your appointment today, for a free consultation!
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color. Schedule you appointment for a free consultation!
What happens during a dental check-up?
During the check-up, your dentist will examine all parts of your mouth and face.
The teeth will be checked for decay, faulty fillings, cracks and wear.
The gums will be checked to ensure that they are healthy. Bleeding gums are signs of gum disease.
Bones, cheeks, tongue, palate and other parts of the mouth and face will be examined for any unusual swellings or surface changes.
Will X-rays be taken?
Dental X-rays will be taken if your dentist thinks they are needed. They can be very helpful in detecting dental problems which may not be apparent during the clinical examination.
Discussion with your dentist
After the examination, it is important that you follow up with a discussion with your dentist. Your expectations, needs, and most importantly any anxiety that you may have should be brought up so that your dentist can understand you better. If you have any medical problems, its effect on your oral health and treatment will also be explained.
Together, you and your dentist can decide what needs to be done; how and when to do it and of course, the cost of doing it.
To maintain good oral health, remember to visit your dentist at least once a year!
Dental checkups provide:
*advice and guidance
*Remember, teeth are meant to last a lifetime, regular dental *check-ups are important to achieve this.
mouthhealthy.org Your eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Learn how your diet affects your oral health, nutrition basics, tips to reduce your risk of cavities and more.
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