450,000 individuals are diagnosed with oral cancer each year in the United States alone. That is reason enough for people to schedule frequent oral cancer screenings and keep themselves protected. Even if you do not smoke, oral cancer screenings are essential. Our team at Charm Dental provide education for patients to ensure they make the best decisions regarding their oral health. Continue reading on to learn why everyone can benefit from and oral cancer screening.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

There are many factors that increase a person’s risk for acquiring oral cancer, including the following:

  • HPV
  • Second hand smoke
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Genetic history

Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

It is important to a patient’s health to diagnose oral cancer in its earliest stages. Not all symptoms are clear to see, but some to look out for are:

  • New lumps/bumps in the tissue
  • Changes in texture of the soft tissues
  • Red, white, or discolored soft tissue
  • A constant hoarse voice or sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then contact your dentist right away for a thorough consultation and oral cancer screening.

What is Involved In an Oral Cancer Screenings?

Oral cancer screenings can include a visual and physical exam of the area. Your dentist will look for any changes in your health or tissues that could appear concerning. Sticking with the same dentist for many years will allow for the professionals to be more apt to notice even the slightest changes in a person’s health. There are also different technologies that help dentists to screen for oral cancer. The VELScope system uses innovative technology to screen for cancer. It has a special light which screen for cellular irregularities in the tissues.

Our Charm Dental team recommends dental exams at least twice a year so as to give the opportunity to check for oral cancer and ensure a healthy smile. Call us today to set up your next appointment and oral cancer screening with a member of our experienced staff.

3 Steps to Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist for You

There is a wide range of minor and major oral health issues that our team at Charm Dental can easily correct. We focus on achieving exactly what our patients are eager to have. It is highly important to find a cosmetic dentist that will fit all your needs and one who is experienced in the cosmetic dentistry field. Continue reading on to learn of three steps to find the right cosmetic dentist for you.

Below is a three-step process in finding the perfect cosmetic dentist for your smile:

  • Know what you want. Before finding a clinic to perform your treatments, it is important to have an idea of what you want changed or improved in your smile. Take time to examine your smile in the mirror and see what could be different or what is bothering you. Don’t worry if there are several things you wish to change. The right cosmetic dentist will know how to do so.
  • Research your choice availability. Take the much-needed time to look around your local area for different cosmetic dentists. Talk to your family or friends that previously had cosmetic treatments done. Visit websites of clinics and read the reviews left by past patients. You can even ask to look at before and after pictures to see the transformation. Check to see if clinics you are interested in have credentials with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. These often require continued education to provide the best quality of care.
  • Schedule an initial consultation. After you have found a couple ideal options, you can schedule an initial consultation. Provide the dentist during this consultation with exactly what you are looking to achieve. This visit will help you to see if you the dentist is a good fit for your situation and needs. They will also help you to see the cost of the treatments needed.

If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic treatment options, then contact our Charm Dental clinic for more information.

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