Posts for: March, 2013
Close to 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 42,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.
The symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:
- sores that bleed easily or do not heal
- a thick or hard spot or lump
- a roughened or crusted area
- numbness, pain or tenderness
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
Make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw. And see if they offer the Vizilte oral cancer screening test for early detection of cancers that do not appear to the naked eye.
Dental plaque is a clear/semi-clear material that allows bacteria to remain on the teeth. If dental plaque is not removed frequently (at least once a day) by proper brushing and flossing, the plaque becomes tightly attached to the tooth and only mechanical cleaning can remove it. This is why frequent visits to a dentist and regular, thorough cleanings by a dental hygienist are very important.
Plaque contains bacteria that combines with carbohydrates from your food producing acid which breaks down tooth structure. This process called demineralization will eventually cause decay to begin in the tooth. Once decay is present, it does not go away. It eats away the enamel more and more each day. The only way to stop the decay is to remove it and replace the void with a filling, onlay or crown, depending on the amount of decay present.
Many times we are asked about payment plans with our office. We do offer payment plans on larger cases and many times use third parties such as Care Credit and/or Springstone, who offer no interest payment plans. If a patient has a long-term history with us and/or may qualify, we can offer an in-house payment plan. Payment plans are a good way to pay for necessary dental work. Ask Dayna, our treatment coordinator, about payment plans and how to finance your dental work.
We do not share our patients’ personal information. We shred all forms and other information that is filled out in our office. Many safeguards are in place to help prevent any breach of information. Our patients can feel confident that their personal information is safe with us!