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Oral Cancer: Causes and Detection

January 26, 2022

While teeth and gums require a dentist’s watchful eye, we need to remember that more serious situations can occur. Oral cancer is a prime example. 

Any type of cancer (including oral cancers) result from destructive changes in the DNA of your cells. These cells then begin to replicate in an unhealthy manner, leading to tumours and other serious conditions. 

Oral cancer is serious, and can affect your tongue, lips, neck, back of the throat, and soft tissues of the mouth.

Some of the primary causes of oral cancer include:

  • Tobacco use, including chewing tobacco.
  • Heavy drinking (particularly hard liquors).
  • HPV (human papillomavirus), a sexually transmitted infection.

The good news is that oral cancer screenings can detect any abnormalities at an early stage. A dentist will physically examine your face and neck while also asking about any symptoms you may be experiencing. 

Oral cancer is often preventable, so it pays to see your dentist for an annual screening — and make an appointment if you suspect that a problem exists.

“Oral cancer includes cancer of the tongue, lips, neck, back of the throat, and soft tissues of the mouth.”

Read more about oral cancer here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-causes-oral-cancer-and-how-are-you-screened-for-it/

Dental Sedatives: A Sure-Fire Way to Control Your Anxiety

January 20, 2022

Do you become nervous when thinking about an upcoming dental procedure? You might be surprised to learn that countless individuals are hesitant about a trip a dentist. The good news is that sedatives may represent an effective means to keep these fears in check. 

There are actually several different types of sedation. Local sedatives are often used when performing minor procedures (such as cleaning your teeth or filling a cavity). 

Moderate sedation is administered intravenously and can be used to provide general feelings of calmness. 

There are even times when general anaesthesia may be useful (such as if a more invasive operation is being performed. 

Here are some of the procedures which may apply to sedatives:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Root canals
  • Dental implant

We can now see that there is no reason to be afraid if you have the option to receive some type of sedating agent. Be sure to speak more about this with your dentist.

“Millions of people feel anxiety, fear, and dread when they think about going to the dentist.”

Learn more about how sedation can control your anxiety when visiting the dentist:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/dental-anxiety-sedation-dentistry-could-be-right-for-you/

Veneers- how to extend their life

January 19, 2022

Porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years and composites around 5 years. However, if you look after them you can extend their life and get much longer out of them. Here are our top 5 tips for caring for them.

1. Maintain a good level of oral hygiene

You must brush twice per day for at least 2 minutes and also floss nightly, just as you would your normal teeth. Veneers are not resistant to the build up of plaque so therefore you must clean them thoroughly and consistently.

2. Attend 6 monthly check-ups and hygiene visits to keep veneers clean

These help to remove the built up plaque that your toothbrush can’t remove. If you leave it too long between visits the veneers may even have to be removed to access the area, which you really don’t want.

looking after veneers

Regular dental check ups and hygiene appointments will help to extend the life of your veneers

3.Be careful of teeth grinding (bruxism)

This can happen when we’re stressed and is common at night. A nightguard can be made for protection at night if you’re worried you might suffer from this.

4.  Don’t chew hard foods

Direct pressure on the end of a veneer may cause it to damage. Therefore it is recommended that you do not bite directly onto hard foods such as ice, raw carrots, nuts etc. Instead, chop them up into small pieces as a damaged veneer will need to be replaced. This goes for objects too- avoid chewing on pens and things if you have a habit of doing so.

5. Avoid staining foods to keep veneers pearly white

Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining, however some staining foods/drink can tarnish their pearly white appearance. Composites however, are not resistant to staining so you need to be especially careful if you have these. Therefore you should avoid having too much of things like tea, coffee or red wine.

If you follow these care tips, you will extend the life of your composite or porcelain veneers. if you would like more information on either of these treatments follow these links:

https://www.cheadlehulmedental.com/treatment/dental-veneers-manchester.html

https://www.cheadlehulmedental.com/treatment/composite-veneers-manchester.html

Watch our video for further information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkbLhgVdRhY

 

Importance of Regular Teeth Cleaning

January 19, 2022

It is recommended that teeth should be professionally cleaned by a dentist every six months — although this could be more frequent depending on a person’s situation. Professional cleaning is more than just removing stains and discolouration from the surface of teeth. 

A professional cleaning is vital as it:

  • Removes plaque build-up from inaccessible gaps, grooves, crevices and from under the gumline.
  • Allows the dentist to check on the health of teeth gums and spot potential problems early.
  • Includes a screening for cancers of the tongue, lips and mouth as well as the face and neck.

Not only does professional cleaning improve the overall look of teeth, it is also an important preventative measure against unwanted dental issues. Regular cleaning can help prevent cavities or gum disease from setting in. 

Taking preventative measures against dental issues is more affordable than restorative dentistry and far preferable to possible root canal treatment or extractions. Deferring or postponing a professional teeth cleaning session is unwise — as potential issues will only worsen over time and the consequences can be painful and expensive. 

Read more on this topic at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/consequences-of-ignoring-regular-teeth-cleanings/.

Dental Health- New Year’s Resolutions to Improve it

January 12, 2022

A new year is a time for making resolutions. How about this year you make some resolutions related to your dental health? Improving dental health should be a goal for all of us, because if we do not look after our teeth then we will lose them. And, considering the role they play in keeping us alive it is vitally important that we try to look after them. Here are some ideas for New Year’s Resolutions that you can make which will help to improve your dental health.

Commit to Brushing Twice per Day To Maintain Good Dental Health

Brushing twice per day, for at least 2 minutes is vital for maintaining good oral health. Plaque builds up during the day from foods we consume and this must be removed otherwise it attacks our teeth.

Rinse After Meals

While you may not want to brush right after every meal (unless you have braces or aligners in), it’s a good for your oral health to rinse your mouth with water after meals. This will help to remove any debris and leftover food.

Floss Nightly, No Matter What

Less than half of the population flosses every day. Are you part of this statistic? Flossing is vital for good dental health as it removes food that the toothbrush simply cannot reach. It doesn’t take long at all and is the best thing to add into your dental health routine if it’s not already part of it.

flossing for dental health

Visit Your Dentist Twice This Year

Did you know that you should have two dental visits per year? Regular dental check ups are vital for good oral health as the dentist can spot early sighs of decay and treat it before it gets worse. They also screen your mouth at these visits to spot for signs of cancer or other diseases.

Visit Your Hygienist Twice This Year

Hygiene visits are vital for your dental health as they will remove the tartar that forms from plaque that has not been removed. This tartar is harmful to your teeth and will cause tooth decay and gum disease if not removed. Follow this link for more information on hygiene appointments https://www.cheadlehulmedental.com/treatment/dental-hygiene-and-therapy.html

Eating Less Sugar is Vital to Your Dental Health

We all know from childhood that sugar is bad for our teeth. This doesn’t stop us from eating it, though. Howver, too many sugar attacks throughout the day will be detrimental to your dental health. It is recommended that we only have 4 sugar attacks in one day, and this includes all meals as every food contains some form of sugar. For this reason, if you are going to eat foods high in sugar it should be done at mealtimes, rather than at separate times of the day.

For further ideas watch our You Tube video about defeating dental decay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv7-7BTc5ZQ

 

 

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