As we age our bodies become susceptible to the environmental (and sometimes genetic) factors that cause cancer. Oral cancer is something that we try to identify and deal with all our patients.
The most common symptoms of oral cancer is swelling or thickenings of areas around the mouth, unexplained bleeding, numbness, soreness, hoarseness, and difficulty chewing and swallowing. According to the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of oral cancer as women do. Men who are over 50 years old face the greatest risk out of the entire population.
Risk factors for oral cancer include:
· Smokeless tobacco
· Excessive consumption of alcohol
· Family history of cancer
· Excessive sun exposure
Don’t remain a bystander when it comes to detecting oral cancer. You should maintain a clean oral hygiene and make regular visits to the dentist. We perform oral exams at Preferred Dental Center all the time. Detecting oral cancer at its earliest stages remains the best option and improves the chances of successful treatment.
If you’re interested in knowing more about oral cancer then check out The Oral Cancer Foundations website . If you’re interested in making an appointment give us a call and we’ll set a date.
Your oral health is a combination of preventative measures, genetics, and your diet. To maintain healthy teeth you should floss and brush your teeth daily. In addition, mouthwash containing fluoride can be used sparingly throughout the week. A consistent brushing and flossing routine will completely reduce your risk of getting a cavity. Did we mention cavities hurt, cost a lot money to repair, and can lead to you losing your teeth? All of these things can be eliminated with good dental hygiene. Although, some conditions are not as easy to deter.
Oral Cancer is contracted through genetics and high risk factors like tobacco and alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year more than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed. Oral cancer has a survivability rate of about 50 percent. Awareness for Oral Cancer is raised every April but it’s important to remind people year round of the conventional ways to avoid it. Early detection rate is key to surviving oral cancer. If you or someone you know who frequently uses tobacco or other high risk factors then it’s important to get a general check-up to check for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease is another frequent oral condition and is fairly preventable. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that affects the bone surrounding your teeth. Bacteria and plaque can cause tooth loss through gum disease by eroding the foundation of bone around them. The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Each stage has its symptoms and results that impact your teeth. A dentist is always able to spot gum disease during check-ups meaning there is no advanced or expensive tests needed. This is another reason to always have your yearly check-up. At Preferred Dental Center, we like to use laser treatment instead of scalpels and sutures on gum disease.
We hope touching upon a few of these preventative measures and conditions will help you avoid them in the future. If you have questions or would like to make an appointment give us a call at 210-876-1942. You can also browse our website and learn more about the different services we provide.
Your overall oral health is vital to your wellbeing. Brushing and flossing your teeth are just two preventative measures that are in your control. The other side of the spectrum is how a person’s genetics dictate their oral health. The good news is Dental Preferred Center can help you achieve that bright and healthy smile.
Missing teeth not only affects confidence but also leaves your mouth open to infection. A complete smile has more than just visual benefits. We utilize Zygomatic implants to intricately complete our patient’s smiles. They do not require metal components like traditional implants. Our implants are competitively priced and available for same day service. You will be walking around San Antonio with a new bright smile in no time.
Crooked and misaligned teeth pose more than a beauty risk. When teeth are not correctly aligned they allow food and other bacteria to stick and fester in tiny crevices. The dangerous part is that these crevices and corners can’t be reached by conventional toothbrushes. The solution is Forestadent Metal Braces or QuicKlear braces. Straighten and tighten the gaps between your teeth so there is little to no room for food and bacteria. When your toothbrush misses that food it will quickly turn to plaque and now you have to get a cavity drilled. Straight teeth look great and are essential to your overall health.
Years of subpar dental care can have a dramatic effect on your health and bank account. Some patients come in with teeth that irreparable. In these cases, we install porcelain veneers that look amazing and that function just like regular teeth. If your teeth don’t require that extensive of a makeover then we have other less complex procedures to restore your teeth.
At Preferred Dental Center, we understand some people are predisposed with dental issues. This is why we aim to increase your short and long term oral health by offering a number of procedures. We can get rid of the bad teeth that are compromised or hindering healthy teeth around it. Browse our website or call our closest office to you.
drastically impacts the human body without proper management. It can harm your eyes, nerves, kidneys,
heart, and other important organs and systems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
affects nearly 25.8 million people worldwide. Gum disease is linked to diabetic
control. Diabetics with poor blood sugar
control get gum disease more often and more severely. It can even lead to tooth loss which will
lead to more medical concerns and treatments.
Diabetics are more susceptible to infections than someone without the disease. In fact, the link of diabetes and periodontal disease is so strong that periodontal disease is sometimes considered a complication or extension of diabetes. The connection and research led medical professionals to realize how important preventing tooth loss for patients really is.
Diabetics should take extra measures in protecting their teeth. In addition to regular brushing, you can buy specific toothpaste aimed to fight gingivitis and provide 24 hour protection. Maintaining your healthy diet will also lend you a lot of benefits. You should make regular checkups and definitely make sure to let them know your diabetic. This will allow you to control your blood glucose levels to prevent mouth problems.
If you are diabetic then you should definitely give us a call for your dental care. We’ll help you manage and keep clean teeth. We have forms available on our website for new patients as well as information regarding our different services. We look forward to seeing you at Preferred Dental Center.
Summer is around the corner and there’s never been a better time to get veneers. The procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can dramatically change the appearance of your teeth. If you have discolored, stained, chipped, broken, gapped, or crooked teeth, then you’re a perfect candidate for veneers. Take advantage of our special Teeth Whitening + Six Veneers for $4,995 and have perfect teeth for the rest of your life.
There are two steps to obtaining your new veneers. First, call us to make an appointment. We’ll evaluate you for treatment, take some teeth impressions, and give you temporary veneers. About one week later, we’ll receive your permanent veneers and we will bond them to your teeth. At Preferred Dental Care , we take our time adjusting and measuring each placement so your smile is literally, perfect.
This easy and painless procedure is exactly what our customers are looking for. Your face and smile are the first things people see, so take it upon yourself to elevate your appearance and confidence. You’ll experience the results first hand whether you’re in the board room or on the beach. Your perfect smile for summer starts at Preferred Dental Center in San Antonio.You can check out our website for all our specials and new patient forms. We’re always looking to expand our extensive list of happy customers. Give our office a call with any questions you may have at 210.876.1942. We hope to see you soon!