VELscope Vx – For a Clean Bill of Health

VELscope is the newest non-invasive device used to screen for oral cancer and other oral diseases. The device emits a blue spectrum light, abnormal tissues will show under this special light. These areas might, if not treated, progress to oral cancer. The VELscope helps us identify oral disease early, while it’s still easy to treat.

The VELscope is considered an important tool for dentist, aiding in early detection of oral cancer. The lifesaving procedure only takes a few minutes. We discuss all our findings with you, and take steps to correct or prevent future problems.

Check this link for a video where “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors” talks about the VELscope test:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b9lcagllwU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZZWksiU-9U

 

 

Brushing and Flossing: Are You Doing it Rright?

In order to maintain good oral health you need to brush, floss, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

FLOSSING

If you do not floss, plaque can build up leading to gum disease. Plaque is an invisible film that develops on your teeth throughout your day. Flossing at least once a day while you are doing something else, such as watching the television, will help you get into the habit.

How to Floss:

Take a length of floss about 18 inches long and wrap it around your middle fingers. Wrap the floss around your teeth creating a “C” shape. Move it up and down your tooth from the base to the top a few times. Repeat this process for all of your teeth. Make sure to use a clean section of the floss each time.

BRUSHING

Brushing regularly is a very important part of oral hygiene, it helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing at least twice a day removes the bacteria that promote tooth decay and plaque.

How to Brush:

Brush at a 45 degree angle. Point the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Use gentle circular, massaging motion. Do no scrub. Clean the chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side. Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes.

Your Oral Health

It may seem like common sense but maintaining good oral health will also improve your overall health. If you think about it your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, what you put into your mouth will affect you. Poor oral health can affect your appearance and self-esteem. It has also been linked to sleeping problems and behavioral and development problems in children. Poor oral health can affect your ability to chew and digest food. Your oral health is important in all stages of life, especially since older adults and seniors are keeping their teeth longer than before.

Maintaining good oral health includes keeping your teeth free of cavities and preventing gum disease. Gum disease affects the bone and supporting teeth. If left untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and increased risks of more serious diseases such as respiratory disease. There is also a link between diabetes and gum disease. People living with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease and it can put them at greater risk of diabetic complications.

To maintain good oral health, you should take the following steps:

  1. Brush and floss your teeth daily.
  2. Visit your dental professional regularly
  3. Eat a healthy diet
  4. Do not smoke

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Your wisdom tooth is the third molar in your jaw and it is the last to erupt. It usually appears between the ages of 16 and 25. Most adult have four wisdom teeth, but it is possible to have less or more. Wisdom teeth are generally extracted to correct a current problem or to prevent a future problem. When the wisdom teeth starts to erupt a number of complications may occur:

  1. Your wisdom tooth may be partial exposed through your gums. The opening around the exposed tooth allows food and germs to get trapped and this causes bacteria to grow underneath the gums. This result in swelling, pain, and jaw stiffness. These are signs of a bacterial infection.
  2. Your wisdom tooth may be impacted, and unable to break through your gums. This happens when your jaw does not have enough room for them.
  3. More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth which is that tumors or cysts can form around the area resulting in the destruction of the jaw bone.
  4. One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle or grow sideways.

The idea of getting your wisdom teeth removed is a scary thought but your doctor is trained, licensed, and experienced in providing anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable. In younger adults (late teens and early 20s), the wisdom tooth has not fully developed and the jaw bone is less dense therefore early removal is recommended. So remember, the easier it is to remove the tooth, the easier your recovery is likely to be. Your jaw will thank you later.