Disease Prevention at the Dentist’s Office
When Dr. Sohl conducts a visual inspection of your mouth, he will look for more than cavities. He will identify signs of disease, such as oral cancer and periodontitis (gum disease).
Oral cancer is a type of head and neck cancer. It can either originate in the mouth, or spread to the mouth from other areas of the body. The type of cancer that develops in the mouth is called squamous cell carcinoma, which is also a kind of skin cancer. This cancer can develop from tobacco or alcohol abuse, exposure to the sun, or the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Signs of oral cancer include:
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Sores that don’t heal
- Changes in your tongue
- Constant hoarseness
- Problems with swallowing
- A sore throat that never resolves
If you experience any of these symptoms, call Dr. Sohl’s office and make an appointment today.
At every checkup, Dr. Sohl will look for signs of oral cancer. Early detection and treatment greatly increase the chance for surviving this disease. To learn more about oral cancer, visit www.OralCancerFoundation.org.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gum tissue. In addition to tooth decay, gum disease is a major problem created by plaque and tartar buildup. When plaque accumulates on the gum line, it erodes the organic structures of the gums, leads to infection, and causes gum inflammation. Without professional treatment, gum disease can lead to gum recession, abscesses, and tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss in the USA. Studies have shown that while gum disease has a serious impact on oral health, the inflammatory response also increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, atherosclerosis, and many other serious health problems.
It is essential that you visit your Stuart, FL dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to reduce the risk of gum disease. Many patients don’t know they have gum disease until it advances to cause significant problems. Initial signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Red or purple gums
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Pus at the gum line
- Receding gum tissue
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
If you experience any symptoms of gum disease, make an appointment today with Dr. Sohl, so we can halt the progression before permanent damage occurs. Treatment may include a deep cleaning, antibiotics, or referral to a periodontist.