Here’s What You Don’t Know About Oral Cancer

In today’s world, cancer is unfortunately a common topic of conversation. However, usually when we think about cancer we think about the big ones like breast cancer, lung cancer, or brain cancer. We picture big serious tumors and crippling illness. However, the small cancerous tumors are just as critical. Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancers are serious cancers that everyone should be informed about.

According to the American Cancer Society, Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer will develop in about 49,670 people in the United States in 2017, and of those people, 9,700 people will likely die as a result. While oral cancer is equally common across races, men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as opposed to women.

Most often, oral cancer is found in the tongue, tonsil, oropharynx, and gum areas of the mouth, as well as on the floor and on other parts of the mouth. Nevertheless, the lips and other sites can still be spots where oral cancer develops. The biggest symptoms include consistent sores and pain in your mouth, difficulty in using your mouth for chewing and swallowing, a persistent sore throat, numbness of the tongue, and lumps or thickening in the cheeks as well as white or red patches throughout your mouth on the gums, tonsils, etc. Some signs can be as small and subtle as bad breath and constant irritation.

While genetics and other factors play a role in causing oral cancer, lifestyle is by far one of the biggest contributors. Alcohol and tobacco are two of the biggest culprits. According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, about 80% of people with oral cancer use tobacco and about 70% of people diagnosed with oral cancer and heavy drinkers.

Other than making small lifestyle changes in alcohol and tobacco use, you can also reduce the likelihood of developing oral cancer by keeping up with your oral health by regularly seeing your dentist and periodically getting screened for oral cancer.

While the death rate for oral cancers have been decreasing over the past few years, education and prevention is still more important than ever to continue this trend. Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a great resource for additional information on symptoms and risk factors. For more information, be sure to contact your dentist.

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What to do when you chip or crack a tooth?

While your teeth are incredibly strong and you think they’d be hard to hurt, life happens. Maybe you forgot to use your mouthguard during soccer practice, or you bit down on a piece of hard food the wrong way. Perhaps you got in a car accident or simply a fight with your sibling. Regardless of what happened, your teeth can chip or even crack. The important thing is what you do about it when it happens.

The first step is not to panic, because this is normal, and your dentist can help. In fact, chipping a tooth is one of the most common dental injuries. A chip does not mean your teeth are not strong or that your teeth are going to be hurt forever. It simply means you had an accident.

The next step is to contact your dentist as soon as possible, especially if the damage is severe or if you are experiencing pain. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the severity of your injury and the best treatment options for you. In some cases, treatment may not be immediately necessary, but in other cases, it can be critical for you to receive treatment. For instance, the size and location of the chip are two facts that can influence how at risk you are.

If you are curious about treatment options, there are generally four main practices. For small chips that are not in any major areas bonding is the most common form of treatment. Bonding is a procedure that uses composite material. The material will be placed over the healthy area of the tooth to cover and protect it. In order to make the material look natural, as though it was a part of your tooth before, your dentist will shape it properly before placing your tooth under a blue light to harden the material in place. This is normally an suggested treatment, but not always required as it may be done for only aesthetic reasons. Usually, if treated well, this can last for around ten years.

However, if the crack is more than a cosmetic problem, your dentist may suggest something longer lasting than bonding. Veneers are porcelain covers that go over the front of your teeth. They will make your tooth look smooth without losing the appearance of being natural. This treatment can last from at least ten to twenty years, yet it generally comes at a higher cost. This treatment option though is a good option for patients with repetitive issues of chipping.

Similar to veneers, there are crowns, which are even more heavy duty. We often think of these when we think of cavities, but cavities are not the only use for crowns. Crowns are a porcelain cover for your teeth that cover the entire tooth. This is best for cracked teeth or seriously chipped teeth that have lost their shape. Not only does this treatment restore your tooth, but it prevents further damage and tooth decay.

Finally, dental implants may be needed is the crack is near or just before the surface of the gumline. In the case, the tooth may need to be removed by and oral surgeon and replaced with a dental implant. The implant can look and feel just like a real tooth. While this may not at first be apparent, dental implants are often needed to avoid infection and further issues in the future. While the other procedures are fairly simple, this option will take longer to perform and for patients to recover from.

Whether you have a small chip or a serious crack, be sure not to panic and simply reach out to your dentist right away. They will know which of these treatment options will be best for you and your tooth.

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How To Win Over Your Sweetheart On Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope your day is filled with chocolate and lots of smiles with your loved ones. Just for fun, Master’s Dental has come up with three dental tips to woo your sweetheart this Valentine’s day.

First, daily brushing and strong oral health is essential to winning your sweetheart. No one likes to kiss someone with bad breath. Perhaps try popping a mint before or after dinner. Just remember the best way to combat bad breath starts with good daily oral health habits. Make everyday Valentine’s day.

Second, forget the rules of eating health and buy your sweetheart some chocolate. No need to go overboard, but everyone can afford a little chocolate now and then, even your teeth. If you want to stay healthy though and help your teeth, try to win her over in style with a romantic bouquet of roses or beautiful spring flowers to make her smile.

Lastly, appreciate your sweetheart. They are beautiful both inside and out. A nice compliment to let them know or a sweet gesture will go a long way towards winning their heart. Plus, it will be sure to give you a nice view of their pearly whites. If you can make someone smile, you’ll be sure to win their love.

We hope this tips will help you show your teeth and your sweetheart some love this Valentine’s Day! It might just be MINT to be!


How To Get Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth

Taking care of your oral health isn’t always fun. Kids always want to try to sneak into bed without brushing their teeth. However, it is important to brush your teeth, especially when your young. To help make that morning or bedtime routine with your kids a little easier, here are a few simple tips to make brushing their teeth fun and easy.

  1. Make it fun. Whether you need to sing the ABC’s or play their favorite song while they brush their teeth, the first step is to make it an enjoyable experience. If it is simply the task you yell up the stairs at them, your kids are not going to want to do it. Be positive. Then they will look forward to or at least want to brush their teeth more than before. It will be less a chore and more fun.

  2. Choose the right toothpaste. Some children are sensitive to the type of toothpaste being used. Even though we don’t swallow toothpaste, we still taste it. The best way to make brushing an enjoyable experience is to give them toothpaste they like using, even if it means trying a few different ones out before getting the right one. Many stores carry children’s versions of toothpaste, although sometimes children may prefer the adult version. It all depends on your child.

  3. Make it a routine. The best way to get oral hygiene into children’s daily lives is to get them in the habit of a morning and evening routine. After a few weeks, when they roll out of bed in the morning, brushing their teeth, washing their face, and hopping in the shower will happen almost automatically. Plus this routine will not just promote good oral health, but can promote overall positive hygiene as well.

  4. Brush your teeth! Finally, we have all heard the familiar saying lead by example. If you don’t enjoy brushing your teeth, perhaps you should join your child in singing the ABCs or find a better toothpaste, because now more than ever you need to brush your teeth too. Your kids are watching you, and they need to see you think brushing your teeth is important.

These four simple tips should help you make that morning or bedtime routine with your kids a little easier. It is all about being positive and making brushing a fun, happy experience.