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    CONCERNS FOR THOSE AGE 40-60 PART 2 | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 5 months ago

    If you are age 40-60, these may be a couple of other concerns you could have with your oral health.

    DRY MOUTH

    Everyone’s mouth can be dry sometimes, but if you feel like your mouth is always dry, it may be time to seek treatment. Medications and certain health conditions can lead to dry mouth. A dentist will check your teeth for signs of decay that can result from decreased salivary flow. A physician will test for any underlying disease or conditions that may be causing your dry mouth. Having a dry mouth is not itself serious but taking care of your teeth and gums and regular dental visits are important when living with dry mouth. Without the cleansing effects of saliva, tooth decay and other oral health problems become more common. Patients using oral inhalers for asthma often develop oral candidiasis, an oral fungal infection, and are encouraged to rinse their mouths with water after using the inhaler. Tell your dentist what medications you are taking and any other information about your health that may help identify the cause of your dry mouth.

     

    OROPHARYNGEAL CANCER

    Ororpharyngeal cancer can affect any area of the oropharyngeal cavity including the lips, gum tissue, check lining, tongue, jaw the hard or soft palate and throat. It often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore or swelling anywhere in the mouth or throat. 


    During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.

     

    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. Regular dental check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.

    CONGRATULATIONS, PORTER | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 5 months ago

    We are so excited for Porter.  He won our Cuddly Critter Contest drawing and will now provide a good home for the Tooth Brushing Teddy Bears.  Porter is a great patient who LOVES coming to the dentist. He always has a big smile.   We LOVE having him as a patient.  

    Stay tuned for the next animal family in our Cuddly Critter Contest.  

    DENTAL CONCERNS FOR THOSE AGE 40-60 | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 5 months ago

    GUM DISEASE

    The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is the only stage that is reversible. If not treated, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of gum/periodontal disease called periodontitis. It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are so important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. Brush twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

     

    MISSING TEETH

    Did you know that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth? If you are missing one or more teeth, there are plenty of reasons to correct the problem. For one thing, a large space between your teeth may affect how you speak or eat. Even if it’s not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew. Remaining teeth may shift and in some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth. With today’s advances, you don’t have to suffer from missing teeth.

     

    Here are some options to replace a lost tooth or teeth. Talk to your dentist about which option is best for you: 

    • Bridges. Anchored to your adjacent teeth, these can be removable or fixed, depending on your mouth, your dentist’s recommendation and your needs.
    • Dentures.  An option if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth.
    • Implants. Most similar to a natural tooth.

     

    SENSITIVITY

    If hot or cold foods make you wince, you may have a common dental problem—sensitive teeth. Sensitivity in your teeth can happen for several reasons, including:

    • Tooth decay (Cavities)
    • fractured teeth
    • worn fillings
    • gum disease
    • worn tooth enamel
    • exposed tooth root

    Sensitive teeth can be treated. Your dentist may recommend desensitizing toothpaste or an alternative treatment based on the cause of your sensitivity. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask Dr Tate & Dr Tyler  if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

    CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH: SEALANTS | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    This blog ends our Children's Dental Health month.  A great way to protect your children's teeth is through Dental Sealants.  Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a resin material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. 

    Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food. 

    Sealants are easy for your dental professional to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary. 

    The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. 

    SUPER HEROES | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 6 months ago

    All children dream of being a super hero.  Mom and Dad, you can help them BE a super hero when it comes to their oral health.  Ensure they brush 2 times each day for 2 minutes, floss daily and are seen in our office for routine cleanings and check ups every 6 months.  And most importantly, set an example for them by taking your own oral health seriously.  We want to help your children keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime.

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