At our office, we believe preventative dental care and maintenance is vital to your dental health. Through regular scheduled exams we check the overall health of your teeth and gums, perform oral cancer screenings, and perform x-rays to detect problems before they worsen. Routine dental cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments help prevent cavities and dental disease.
Cancer is a disease caused by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in a part of the body. Oral cancer is a type of cancer in which these abnormal cells originate in the mouth. Cancer is classified by the original site of abnormal cells. Oral cancer kills approximately one person every hour in the United States. About 50,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year.
If you have never had a mouth ulcer, thank your lucky stars! They are terribly painful and interfere with eating, speaking, and brushing your teeth. The most prevalent type of mouth ulcer is an aphthous ulcer, and it is commonly referred to as a canker sore. Aphthous ulcers are unusual in that, even now in 2017, we still do not know exactly what causes them. There are many studies showing correlation between certain diets, vitamin deficiencies, hormone changes, and stress levels with the occurrence of aphthous ulcers. But correlation is not the same as causation.
Many people experience sensitive teeth, and not everyone has the same symptoms. You can have one sensitive tooth, or a mouth where every single tooth feels sensitive. You can have sensitivity to cold and/or hot temperatures and sweet and/or sour flavors. However you experience it, it is no fun! Teeth are not supposed to be sensitive, and if they are, it is a symptom you should share with your dentist. She will discuss your specific issues and try to isolate the cause of your sensitivity so that you can remedy the situation.