Posts for category: Oral Health
Oral cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer—it is estimated that one person dies from oral cancer every hour—however, it is one of the most curable forms when it is detected early on.
There are two screening options used to identify oral cancer: OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. OralCDx uses a brushing technique that determines if there are any abnormal cells in your mouth that can develop into cancer cells. Vizilite Plus is the second screening; this screening option detects soft tissue in your mouth that may develop into cancer. It is important to receive an oral cancer screening in order to spot any signs of cancer before it develops into a more dangerous stage.
In order to decrease your risk of oral cancer, you should avoid certain activities including drinking alcohol, smoking, and other tobacco usages. These are not the only things that can lead to oral cancer, however, and in our next blog, Dr. Florian will discuss other signs and symptoms you should be aware of.
Have you been tested for oral cancer?
Typically, it is still recommended that you visit the dentist twice per year for check-ups as well as cleanings. The main reasons you would want to visit the dentist twice per year includes ensuring that your dentist can find trouble that you may not even experience or feel.
Your dentist can find early signs of tooth decay and treat it early on. Tooth decay does not become visible or create pain until the advanced stages.
Your dentist will also be able to identify other dental health issues, such as gum disease. If caught early on, many dental issues can be treated fairly easily.
For individuals who have great dental health and have not experienced any dental health issues, you may be able to increase the time between visits. You will want to speak with your dentist about the best visitation schedule.
But, on the other side, there are individuals who may want to increase the number of visits they make to the dentist each year. These individuals include people that have experienced gum disease, have a genetic predisposition for plaque build-up or decay and individuals with a weakened immune system.
The best way to find out how often you should make an appointment is to speak with your dentist.
Are you due for a teeth cleaning?
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” How many times have you heard this statement in your life? We are guessing a lot. However, is breakfast actually the most important meal of day? And can it help to improve our oral health?
Dr. Florian wants all of his patients to be as healthy as possible; this includes both oral and overall health and wellness. Below, Dr. Florian examines the benefits of eating a good breakfast, and if it has any effect on our oral health.
Breakfast boosts metabolism
Unfortunately, many people skip breakfast as a way to eliminate calories in an effort to lose weight. However, if you do not eat three square meals per day, your metabolism will slow down, and you will lose some of your ability to lose weight. It is much better for weight loss purposes to eat a healthy breakfast instead of skipping out completely. See other ways to boost your metabolism here.
Eating breakfast will energize you
If you ever feel low on energy throughout the day, it may be as a result of skipping breakfast. This could also be a sign of sleep apnea! However, if you start eating breakfast, this should keep your mind sharp and give you energy, as you’ll have carbohydrates to burn. In addition to this, eating breakfast will keep you from overeating at lunch and experiencing a mid-afternoon crash.
Breakfast foods are quite healthy for you
Many breakfast foods will fill you with vitamins and nutrients to keep your healthy. Breakfast foods can also help to lower your cholesterol and provide you with amino acids.
Eating breakfast will not have any negative impact on your oral health. However, if you eat citric fruits for breakfast, you should brush your teeth approximately 30 minutes after consumption. If you brush your teeth too soon after eating acidic foods, you can actually damage your teeth.
What is the best breakfast food for your oral health?
The best breakfast food that you can eat for your oral health is yogurt. Yogurt, like other dairy products, provides you with calcium, casein, and phosphates, which help remineralize your teeth and keep them strong.
Are you concerned about your oral health?
Chewing gum can’t possibly be good for your oral health, can it? After all, don’t we always here about how detrimental chewing gum is for your oral health? However, thanks to an ingredient called xylitol (or sorbitol), chewing gum may actually have great benefits for your oral health.
Determining if chewing gum is healthy or not for you is highly dependent on what kind of gum you are chewing. If you are chewing gum that is full of sugars, you are doing a disservice to your oral health by introducing these sugars to your mouth for prolonged periods of time. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you are chewing sugar-free gum that contains an ingredient by the name of xylitol, you are helping your mouth fight diseases like gum disease and cavities. In many studies, xylitol has been found to be more effective than fluoride at protecting your teeth against decay. You can read more about xylitol, here.
In addition to introducing xylitol to your mouth, sugar-free chewing gum can also stimulate your salivary glands, helping you to avoid dry mouth. Dry mouth is a contributor to cavities, as it results in inadequate saliva to counterbalance the acids and sugars from the foods and beverages you consume.
Chewing sugar-free chewing gum can help prevent the following oral health issues:
It is critical to make sure you are chewing gum that is sugar-free, and you should always look for xylitol in your chewing gum!
Are you in need of oral health care?
We are guessing that just about everyone has heard of “wisdom teeth” before; you know, those molars that develop in your late teens or early twenties, and usually cause you some problems? Most of the time, wisdom teeth don’t grow in properly and can’t find their way into your mouth in the correct manner.
In the past, dentists used to be in conflict about your wisdom teeth, and if they should be left in, or taken out. It was actually believed that, even if they grew in sideways, they would still make a great anchor, should you ever need your second molar replaced. However, this is simply not true; your wisdom teeth would, in fact, make terrible anchors for false teeth.
What problems do wisdom teeth have?
For starters, even when they grow in properly, your wisdom teeth tend to be extremely difficult to clean. It is not uncommon for wisdom teeth to develop cavities and other problems. And this is not the fault of the patient, wisdom teeth are just very tricky to clean. Here are some pointers from Listerine on how to clean your wisdom teeth.
Secondly, wisdom teeth rarely ever grow in properly. This is because the patient usually does not have room in their mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow. If your wisdom teeth become impacted, they can cause cysts, weaken your jaw bone, and even cause damage to your other adjacent teeth.
Ultimately, due to the problems wisdom teeth can cause, and the limited benefits that they offer, there are not many reasons to keep your wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are already in, and you are able to keep them clean and healthy, this can be an exception, of course. However, the risks of keeping your wisdom teeth are far greater than any benefits that they can offer. Additionally, due to the nature of wisdom tooth surgery, the younger a patient is when the procedure occurs, the better. If you let your wisdom teeth develop too far, and the root completely forms, the surgery and healing become much more difficult.
Do you need a dentist in the North Royalton, OH area?
Do you have any questions regarding your wisdom teeth? If you would like to schedule a consultation and have your wisdom teeth checked, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located on Wallings Road in North Royalton, OH.