More people are being diagnosed with Oral Cancer then ever before. But surprisingly, research shows this increase is not due to the traditional risk factors of DRINKING, SMOKING or use of CHEWING TOBACCO.
A new reason for concern
Oral Cancer is now being found in a younger population of men and women who don’t smoke or Drink heavy. One reason for this increase in people under the age of 40 is due to the exposure of the HPV – 18 virus, known collectively as the ” human papilloma virus “. Not to be mistaken for the HIV virus. The HPV virus can spread by intimate contact, including kissing. That is why the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all patients over the age of 17 be screened annually for Oral Cancer.
Veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your entire mouth. Veneers are a very thin ceramic shell that covers your existing tooth structure. In placing these new veneers on your teeth, you are able to fix the look of issues such as staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and many other issues.
The goal of a cosmetic dentist is not only to create the perfect smile, but to design a smile what will enhance the appearance and confidence of the patient. Proper diagnosis and understanding the expectations of a patient, is an essential key to successful cosmetic dentistry and the first steps in achieving optimum results.
Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth.
Root Canals or Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed.
Periodontal disease effects most people to some degree. Research now supports the role of periodontal disease as a contributor to Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Preterm and Low Birth Weight Babies, Respiratory Disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is the most common reason why adults lose teeth. Symptoms include painful and swollen gums, bleeding from the gum tissue, tooth mobility, recession of the gum tissue, and chronic bad breath.
Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resins. Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are less noticeable, and much more attractive, than other types of fillings. You can smile, talk, and eat with confidence. In addition, tooth-colored fillings are compatible with dental sealants. A tooth can be filled and sealed at the same time to prevent further decay.