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Know Your Mouth — Oral Cancer Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention

Know Your Mouth — Oral Cancer Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention

Oral cancer is more of a risk than many people know. It’s always important to understand how important your oral health is to the rest of your body and even your life. Going into the dentist regularly and getting an annual oral cancer screening can help keep you safe against oral cancer. Heed the warning signs, and do your best to prevent it. Early detection isn’t difficult. There is no reason to become overly preoccupied with oral cancer if you’re not at risk, but it is a serious disease that warrants attention.

What is an oral cancer screening?

Perhaps even the idea of a cancer screening can be a scary prospect. However, an oral cancer screening is actually much easier than you might think. It requires no in-depth x-rays or machines. It can typically be performed in under 3 minutes by your dentist at your next checkup.

All that is needed is a thorough review of your oral health history and your overall health history. Overall health and oral health are inevitably linked. Your dentist will ask you questions concerning your risk for oral cancer. After a short discussion about your health history, a short physical examination of your mouth and throat will follow. Your dentist will be looking for any abnormalities, lumps, white spots, or sores.

Signs, Symptoms & Prevention

If you are experiencing anything strange or abnormal when it comes to your oral health, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. Especially troubling symptoms are as follows:

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Sores on the face, neck, or mouth that do not heal
  • Hoarseness
  • A change in the way your dentures fit
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Suspicious lumps found by palpating your mouth, jaw, and neck

If you want to help prevent oral cancer, there are practical things you can do. The first of which would be to stop using tobacco in all its forms. Smoking and chewing tobacco are strongly linked with oral cancer. Limiting alcohol usage, maintaining a healthy diet, and practicing safe sex can also help you to avoid any unnecessary run-in with oral cancer.

What You Should Know About Gum Disease Treatment

So you’ve been told you have “gum disease”? You may be wondering about things like:

  • What is gum disease?
  • What are the signs of gum disease?
  • How is gum disease treated?
  • Is gum disease curable?

Luckily, Charm Dental in Spring and Richmond, TX has the answers for you!

What is gum disease?

Gum disease—commonly referred to by dental professionals as periodontal disease—is an extremely common dental condition which ultimately leads to infections of the gums, gums separating from teeth and even tooth loss! Other symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Swollen Gums
  • Irritated/Tender Gums
  • Gum Discoloration
  • Signs of Infection
  • Chronic Bad Breath
  • Shifting Teeth
  • Loose Teeth
  • Missing Teeth

In its early stages (gingivitis), periodontal disease can actually be reversed; however, as it progresses it is no longer curable and must be managed.

About Gum Disease Treatment in Spring and Richmond, TX

At Charm Dental in Spring and Richmond, TX, we offer various periodontal treatments for our patients who have been diagnosed with gum disease. These treatments are to help manage gum disease and prevent it from progressing any further, causing more dental complications.

  • Tooth Scaling – During our Spring and Richmond tooth scaling treatment, we will use special dental tools to carefully but thoroughly remove any plaque, tartar, bacteria or infection from any affected teeth, the gum line and below the gum line.
  • Root Planing – Once teeth have been completely scaled, we will use tools to smoothen the tooth roots, which will allow your gums to reattach and heal properly.

For those that experience severe periodontal disease, surgical intervention may be necessary and may include:

  • Periodontal Pocket Reduction – During your Spring and Richmond pocket reduction, any plaque or infection will be removed, and each tooth will be smoothened, once smooth we will attach your gum tissue back for proper healing.
  • Gum Disease Gum Graft – As gum disease progresses, it is common to lose gum tissue; if this turns out to be the case for you, we can cover any exposed tooth roots or dental structures and repair areas of your gums, making them look and feel better.

Looking for a Spring and Richmond periodontist for your gum disease treatment? Contact Charm Dental today; we’d be happy to schedule your Spring and Richmond gum disease treatment appointment! We’re always accepting new patients and look forward to helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health!

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