Oral Cancer : Early Diagnosis Can save your life!

 

Oral Cancer

At Maple Mews Dental , Oral Cancer Screening /Examinations are completed at every comprehensive examination with the dentist, and at every dental hygiene appointment.  The oral cancer examination is completed as part of your oral health examination , and includes checking your mouth, gums, tongue, lips and throat.

Oral Cancer is surprisingly common. Hundreds of thousands of people are treated yearly for the various types of oral cancer. Oral cancer can be successfully treated if caught at an early stage.
Types of Oral Cancer Include:

Tongue Cancer:  The tongue is a common spot for oral cancer to develop. If you, your dentist or dental hygienist notice a change in your tongue appearance, swollen areas or bumps or lumps on your tongue, there may be a concern. White or red patches could also indicate an area to be checked. Lumps or bumps under the tongue are also a concern and could include your salivary glands. Be sure to call your dentist at the first sign of concern , for an examination and oral cancer check.  A referral to a dental specialist such as an oral pathologist may be necessary.

Lip Cancer:  We often forget to cover our lips in the sun!  Sun exposure puts our lips at high risk for cancer ! Signs of lip cancer may include sores on the lips that do not heal, swelling of the lips and / or pain of the lips.  If you have these symptoms, call your dentist for an examination . Often cancer of the lips is treated in the same way as skin cancer and can include surgery and other treatments.

Throat Cancer: Signs of throat cancer can be subtle like a sore throat, hoarseness or problems with swallowing, or may be more obvious like lumps or swelling in the back of the mouth or throat . The dental hygienist or dentist may notice lumps, swelling or redness which are signs of a potential concern.  Throat cancer is diagnosed like the other oral cancers often with biopsy performed by a dental specialist.

See the dentist / dental hygienist regularly for oral cancer screenings and be sure to call at the first sign of concerns about changes in your mouth including lumps, sores and swollen areas .  Early detection for cancer is key to successful treatment.

If you have any questions please give us a call, we are happy to schedule an appointment with one of our dental professionals at our Maple Mews Dental Office.

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Oral Cancer : Early Diagnosis Can save your life!

Your Overall Health is Important to Your Dentist !

 

 

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We encourage regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing because we care about you, your oral health and your overall health!  We want you to be healthy and happy!

We are asked often , what does brushing and flossing have to do with my overall health .  It is simple; an unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, including bleeding gums, can increase a person’s risk of health problems such as poorly controlled diabetes, heart attack  and stroke.  Regular visits to the dentist also gives you the opportunity to have a regular oral cancer check – up.  At Maple Mews Dental the dental hygienist checks your mouth , head and neck at each visit.

  • Diabetes : If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing gum disease. If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, gum disease can make diabetes difficult to control. Our dental hygienists will work along with you to make the necessary changes in your oral health to help best control your risk of gum disease. This may include brushing , flossing and more frequent dental visits to assist with controlling your diabetes by eliminating gum disease.
  • Heart Attack & Stroke : Inflammation of your gums and mouth, may cause inflammation in the body, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The key to reducing inflammation of the gums is to effectively remove the plaque from your teeth several times per day.   Are you using the correct toothbrush and brushing technique, do you need other tools to help remove the plaque, are you visiting the dental hygienist for professional cleaning often enough?  Each individual’s needs are different and your dental hygienist will recommend a schedule best suited to you.
  • Oral Cancer: Your dentist and dental hygienist routinely check for signs of Oral Cancer.  Oral Cancer is often detected at a dental examination .  Cancer of the head or neck is often oral cancer, the routine check for oral cancer includes checking the lips, tongue and tissues including salivary glands and throat.

The importance of good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dental hygienist cannot be stressed enough!  Understand the importance of your oral health and its connection to your overall health.

Come on In to Maple Mews Dental …Good Oral Health can lead to Good Overall Health, Good Oral Health can start today!

Maple Mews Dental Team

Your Overall Health is Important to Your Dentist !

Teeth Matter !

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Is Oral Health a priority for you? Or better yet, do you want to keep your teeth? At Maple Mews Dental we love the saying “You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep”… yes  it seems funny…but really it’s not … It’s simple …If you want to keep your teeth , you need to take care of your teeth and your oral health must be a priority! Regular home care and regular visits to the dentist starting at a young age is imperative to a healthy smile. At Maple Mews Dental , we pride ourselves in partnering with you to develop the best plan for your oral health.

  • Brushing CORRECTLY for 2- 3 minutes , 3 times daily is a must
  • Flossing regularly is recommended
  • A healthy diet is essential to good oral health
  • Regular Visits to the Dentist , based on your individual Oral health needs is Important

Teeth can be lost not only to decay or cavities but also to infection. The number one reason for tooth loss in adults is gum disease!  Gum Disease in the early stages can be reversed and Gum Disease can be prevented.  If you have sore gums or bleeding gums when you brush or floss, you may have gum disease.  Keep up the brushing and flossing at home …and visit your dentist and dental hygienist! At Maple Mews Dental , we love all patients and love to help you be the best that you can be! Your oral care is our priority …let us know how we can help you and your smile!
Maple Mews Dental Team

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Christmas Cheer!

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Our team at Maple Mews Dental wishes each of you a Merry Christmas!

In the busyness of the holiday season … don’t forget about your smile!  Extra sweets this time of year are in abundance at our work places, at gatherings with family and friends and in our homes as we celebrate this time of year!  We can enjoy these sweet and sometimes sticky treats …but need to remember the importance of taking care of ourselves!  Brushing and flossing is important , don’t skip it … maybe even do little extra of both!

And don’t forget to put the toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste in the stockings Christmas morning!  Or even wrap an electric toothbrush for that someone special!  At Maple Mews Dental we like the Oral B or Philips Sonicare, both are fantastic gifts.

Wherever you are , whatever your Holiday Plans … we wish you a holiday season full of joy and peace!

Happy Holidays from the Maple Mews Team

Christmas Cheer!

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary when it comes to your child’s oral health?

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Making good choices is what it is all about ! Of course your children can enjoy Halloween and Trick or Treating if that is what you choose!  At Maple Mews Dental, our team educates all year about tooth decay and the effects of sugary snacks and
drinks. We provide our patients with a list of good snacks & bad snacks for your teeth. This helps when making decisions about your child’s oral health and choosing the best foods for snacks and lunches! Some children are just more prone to cavities. Our goal at Maple Mews Dental, is to work with you to help prevent cavities and oral health problems. Along with eating healthy, limiting sugary snacks and drinks we instil and encourage good oral hygiene habits at home and encourage regular dental visits.

So what’s the deal with Halloween :
Halloween, like other holidays, is a time that we like to indulge in extra candy and sweets! Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in dental plaque produces acids: when this bacterial acid remains on the teeth for long periods of time .. “ the sugar bugs” as we often call them can damage the tooth enamel and lead to damage to the tooth or a cavity. Thus , the more snacking we do or allow or children to do , the more prone we are to cavities and to damaging our teeth .

At Maple Mews Dental we suggest :
• Let your child pick out their favourite few Halloween treats ( 10-12 )

• Choose a time or couple of times that your child will eat these treats at one or two seatings

• Donate , toss or even freeze the remainder of the treats

• Immediately after indulging on the few treats , rinse with water, brush and floss to remove all plaque and bacteria

• Replace the sticky , sweet snacks with better ones for your overall health and oral health. These snacks can include yogurt, favourite vegetables and dip, chocolate milk , or cheese

• Visit your dentist regularly

At Maple Mews Dental we LOVE Halloween too ! We love your smile and want to help you to make the best choices to keep you smiling! If you have any questions about good snacks to keep a healthy smile , contact us today or talk to us at your next dental visit!

Happy Halloween from the Maple Mews Dental Team !

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary when it comes to your child’s oral health?

Pregnancy & Your Oral Health!

 

Oral health is important throughout one’s life … maybe even more so during pregnancy. At Maple Mews Dental , we encourage good oral health and we reinforce good oral hygiene habits, healthy eating habits and regular dental visits for all of our patients . Your body experiences many changes during pregnancy and your mouth is no exception. For the benefit of both you and your growing baby, you will need to pay particular attention to your oral health .

During pregnancy we recommend a periodontal evaluation, continuing regular dental visits, and in some cases, more frequent dental visits with the dental hygienist.  Research suggests that good oral hygiene is also good for your baby; an association does exist between preterm, low-birth-weight babies and mothers with gingivitis. Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the risk for gingivitis and periodontal disease ( Gum disease) can increase.
The Maple Mews Dental team encourages the following during pregnancy:
• Brush 3 times daily with a soft toothbrush for 2-3 minutes each time
• Floss Daily
• Eat healthy
• Visit your dentist/ dental hygienist every 3-6 months
• DO NOT skip dental visits
Many ask ..Can I have dental treatment during pregnancy? YES! Although we will avoid xrays and elective dental procedures during pregnancy, all other routine dental treatment can be completed. For the comfort and safety of you and your baby, we, at Maple Mews Dental, recommend dental treatment ( dental fillings ) be completed in the 2nd trimester.

As you are planning a family , remember to visit your dental office before you get pregnant for a full examination .. this is a perfect time to complete dental treatment and address any dental concerns that you or the dentist may have, prior to pregnancy.

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Pregnancy & Your Oral Health!

Vitamin C is Good for your Gums!

Periodontal conditions can have many causes: don’t forget to consider poor nutrition!  Inadequate Vitamin C can lead to bleeding gums and can develop into gingivitis if left untreated.  Vitamin C also helps the body perform maintenance and repair on bones, teeth and cartilage.  Signs of Vitamin C deficiency can appear within one month of little to no Vitamin C intake.   There is risk of developing periodontal disease,  gingivitis and /or bone loss with low levels of Vitamin C.  Symptoms begin with inflammation of the gum around the tooth.   The gum will pull away from the tooth, forming a pocket that can become infected.  Plaque will spread and grow in the area, causing a release of toxins that can break down the connective tissue holding your teeth in place.

Vitamin C will also inhibit the formation of plaque and tartar.  In fact, it is referred to as the invisible toothbrush, so even if you are a tooth brushing fanatic, you may not get your teeth as clean and healthy as possible without adequate amounts of Vitamin C.   People who grind or clench their teeth will notice more sensitivity and gum problems because of their increased need for Vitamin C.  Also, it has been found that people who consume less that the daily allowance  of Vitamin C are 1 ½ times more likely to develop severe gingivitis that those who consume 3x the amount.   Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means that the body doesn’t store it long-term and you need to consume it daily.  The Institute of Medicine recommends 90 milligrams per day for men older than 18 years and 74 milligrams per day for women older than 18 years.   However, there is no recommended dosage to treat gum disease.   Since Vitamin C is one of best natural defuses against bacteria, it is essential for healthy gum s and teeth.  Let’s not forget that the mouth is the gateway to the body not only for food, but also for unwanted bacteria!

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Vitamin C is Good for your Gums!