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It Is Important that You Are Aware of Oral Cancer | Dumas Dentist

Friday, April 28th, 2017

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Whether or not you are aware, April is oral cancer awareness month. Not one of the more popular versions of cancer, awareness is very low but approximately 49,750 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. If you break it down, that 132 new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it. It’s high time that we make ourselves aware, don’t you think?

Smoking and tobacco use are the obvious reasons behind oral cancer development, but the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. And since we cannot stop this virus from spreading, it’s important to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness. In fact, the American Cancer Society recommends oral cancer screening exams every 3 years for persons over age 20 and annually for those over age 40.

The first thing we need to know about oral cancer are the symptoms. If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to make an appointment with your dentist to schedule a visit:

  • Swellings/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth
  • The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
  • A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
  • Ear pain
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Dramatic weight loss

Yes, there are quite a few symptoms that could possibly be the beginnings of oral cancer, but prevention is key. Here are ways to prevent oral cancer:

  • Don’t smoke or use any tobacco products and drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun. Repeated exposure increases the risk of cancer on the lip, so use UV-A/B-blocking sun protective lotions on your skin, as well as your lips.
  • See your dentist on a regular basis. You should conduct self-exams, but there are times spots or sores in the mouth can be very tiny and difficult to see on your own. During your next dental appointment, ask your dentist to perform an oral exam. Early detection can improve the chance of successful treatment.

For more information on oral cancer screenings, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

How to Whiten Your Teeth Without a Dental Visit | Dumas Dentist

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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We visit the dentist when our teeth hurt, but when we voluntarily go to the dentist it’s cosmetic – we want a “brightens any room” kind of smiles. However, it’s important to understand that while whitening is effective, you are the first line of defense when it comes to keeping your pearly whites pearly.

One of the major causes of stains is a dark colored beverage, such as coffee, tea, and wine. The surface of your teeth is made up of enamel, a hard material, but not a perfectly flat or smooth material. While enamel is great at protecting your teeth from breaking, those cracks and ridges allow dark colored particles to collect. Over time, those particles will become more and more visible. For patients that are unwilling to sacrifice dark beverages, consider drinking these beverages at a specific time each day rather than throughout. Rinse or brush any remaining particles from the mouth afterwards so you can continue to indulge with a lower chance of developing significant staining.

Smoking is damaging to many parts of the body, and teeth and gums are no exception. Much like particles from coffee can sit in the pores of your enamel, tar will find its way into the pores of your teeth, causing a similar stain.

For both beverage-related and smoking-related staining, the best way to avoid the problem is by stopping the staining activity, if at all possible. Even lowering your intake will make a significant difference in the state of your smile.

For more information on teeth whitening, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Which Dental Filling Is Right for Me? | Dumas Dentist

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

 

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Are you curious about what types of dental filling options you have, and what types there are? Lots of people can get confused by what sort of dental filling options they have. Your dental options vary depending on your health, where and how the filling is placed, the amount of pressure the tooth takes on while chewing, and the type of materials that should be used for your individual needs. Some of the choices you may have to choose from include amalgam, composite, and ionomers.

Amalgam filling are extremely durable, relativity inexpensive compared to the alternatives and can be done in one dentist visit. This type of filling can sustain a heavy chewing load and are usually used in the restoration of your molars. One of the disadvantages of amalgam filling are that they won’t match your natural tooth.

Composite fillings consist of fine glass particles or quartz and resin, and usually people can’t even tell its been filled! More of the natural structure of the tooth is preserved, it provides great resistance against fractures and are also quite durable. Unfortunately, composite fillings can chip off the tooth, discolor and stain over time, are a bit more expensive.

Ionomers are the least durable filling and are made out of a mixture of fine glass powders and acrylic acids. This type of filling is commonly used to fill cavities on the root of teeth or in small filling that doesn’t require any chewing resistance.

To determine what type of filling is fitting for your individual needs, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

Root Canal Therapy: Pain in Your Mouth Shouldn’t Be Avoided | Dumas Dentist

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

jaw pain-tmjAccidents can happen every day, and sometimes those accidents happen in our mouths. Your poor dental hygiene can lead to cavity development, and if left untreated, can progress into a much deeper issue. A physical accident can lead to cracked or chipped teeth. Again, if you don’t have it looked at, it can progress into something worse, and likely accompanied by a lot of discomfort or pain. In order to avoid this ailment, keeping routine dental visits is important to keeping up with your dental health.

Pain and pressure associated with a root canal only occurs when the root canal becomes infected and dies. A root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. Pain and pressure are the first signs that you will need one of the most common restorations, root canal therapy. Without treatment, the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss. When it gets to that point, you are likely to visit your dental professional to fix it. And chances are, this will result in the need of a root canal.

What is root canal therapy? Root canal therapy is the process by which the infected tooth is cleaned and diseased tissue is removed, and the canal is reshaped and filled. A root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!

For further information on your oral health, contact Dumas Family Dentistry at 806-935-2725 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.dumastexasdentist.com for additional information.

Dumas Family Dentistry proudly serves Dumas, TX and all surrounding areas.

What is a Root Canal?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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Do you  need a root canal? Root canals are performed to save teeth, but what exactly is involved in a root canal, and when will a dentist advise a patient to get a root canal rather than a traditional filling?

Typically performed by endodontists, root canals are a dental procedure that focuses on treating the inside of the tooth to save the outside of the tooth. Beneath the white enamel that coats the tooth, and the hard layer – known as dentin – that gives the tooth it’s structure is a soft pulp containing blood vessels and nerves that both provide nutrients to the tooth during development.

As you age, the pulp can become inflamed or infected due to causes such as deep decay, cracked teeth, or even repeated dental procedures. If the pulp becomes infected, it can be the cause of significant pain, even potentially causing abscesses over time.

A dentist will typically make a recommendation for root canal if they determine that the pulp is negatively impacted. For patients, though, some signs that a root canal may be required include severe pain (especially when chewing, or when pressure is applied to the tooth), tooth discoloration, swelling and tenderness to the nearby gums, or a crack so severe that pulp material can be seen or felt. While these symptoms are signs you may need a root canal, it’s also possible that deep decay can require a root canal without causing any symptoms at all.

To a patient, this procedure will begin much like a normal dental filling – it will involve drilling to remove decay, and then the endodontist will carefully remove the inflamed pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the narrow roots of the tooth. Once cleaned, the endodontist will fill the empty space with a rubber like substance that mimics the removed pulp, and finally rebuild the core of the tooth with cement like compound that forms a strong foundation for the crown. The crown, crafted to mimic the size and shape of the original tooth, will be fitted onto the rebuilt core and cemented into place. After the procedure, you may be prescribed antibiotics to avoid future infection, but since the nerves within the tooth are removed, post-procedure pain is typically fairly mild.

The root canal is a routine procedure, but it often requires multiple visits, and is used to treat teeth with serious problems. Not only does a root canal save the natural tooth, it’s less expensive and less invasive than alternatives such as bridges and implants.

 

To determine if you need a root canal, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at http://www.dumastexasdentist.com or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

Dental Implants for a Natural Looking and Feeling Smile

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Uncomfortable dentures, cracked or damaged teeth, and overall missing teeth are all reasons to be a little self-conscious. Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. That being said, they are an excellent long term option for restoring your smile. The development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.

Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. A dental implant offers patients security, stability, and overall a great replacement for their own tooth. No more using messy denture adhesive or covering your mouth when you smile, due to a missing tooth.

If you are interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with Daniel West, DDS of Dumas Family Dentistry first. He will evaluate your situation and help you decide if dental implants are your best option.

Call Dumas Family Dentistry today at 806-935-2725 or visit our website at www.dumastexasdentist.com.

 

 

Periodontal Disease is Easily Preventable

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Periodontal (gum) disease is not a light condition. It can take a serious toll on your oral and bodily health. Orally, it causes bleeding of the gums and could lead to the permanent loss of teeth. Periodontal disease has also been linked to heart disease, stroke and complications with pregnancy.

Prevention of periodontal disease is simple; treatment after you have it is the difficult part. The following is a list of ways to easily prevent periodontal disease:

•          Brushing your teeth- The number one way to prevent periodontal disease is to brush after every meal. Avoid brushing only twice a day and carry a tooth brush everywhere your go. Brushing after every meal prevents plaque from building up in the mouth.

•          Floss- Flossing is extremely important in preventing periodontal disease. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that accumulates in the mouth.

•          Watch what you Eat- Your diet is key is preventing periodontal disease. For this reason, replace sodas and junk food with water and veggies.

If you already have periodontal disease it can be treated with deep cleanings (scaling and root planing), medications and surgical treatments. If you believe you have periodontal disease, don’t wait another day, call Dumas Family Dentistry for an appointment at 806-935-2725. Visit the website at www.dumastexasdentist.com.

 

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