Oral Cancer Screening
Our Canandaigua, NY dental office takes a holistic approach to dental care, including oral cancer screening as part of your regular exam. We conduct a quick, simple screening to detect early signs of oral cancer and recommend a biopsy if necessary. Preventing oral cancer involves avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol, protecting your skin and lips from the sun, and maintaining a healthy diet. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment. Ask your dentist for an oral cancer screening during your next appointment.
Gum disease, a leading cause of adult tooth loss, is painless but often unnoticed. During regular checkups, your dentist in Canandaigua, NY assesses it by measuring the space between your teeth and gums. It’s caused by plaque buildup, which, if left untreated, can lead to gingivitis (red, swollen gums) and later periodontitis (serious gum and bone damage). Risk factors include diabetes, smoking, medications, and dental issues. Symptoms include swollen, bleeding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth. Early treatment with daily brushing and flossing is essential to prevent severe damage.
Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing stops during sleep, affecting over 12 million Americans. It disrupts deep sleep, leading to daytime drowsiness. Symptoms include extreme drowsiness, loud snoring, and waking up short of breath. Sleep apnea comes in three types: obstructive, central, and mixed. If left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, and impaired daily functioning. Risk factors include age, gender, obesity, and lifestyle. Treatment varies based on severity, ranging from lifestyle changes to oral devices and surgery. Early discussion with a doctor is crucial before taking medication or undergoing surgery.
Chronic snoring affects over 80 million people in North America, disrupting sleep quality for individuals and their loved ones. Snoring can also signal underlying health issues. It’s often caused by relaxed throat and mouth muscles, leading to airway constriction and vibrations. Factors like alcohol, excess weight, obstructive sleep apnea, and sedatives can contribute to snoring. A mandibular advancement device (MAD), a dental appliance, can help by positioning the lower jaw forward, improving airway space for quieter, uninterrupted sleep. Other treatments may involve devices to prevent the tongue from obstructing the airway, tailored to individual needs.
Many Americans experience chronic facial and neck pain, along with recurring headaches, often due to Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). TMD affects the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connect the lower jaw to the skull and are involved in speaking, swallowing, and chewing. TMD symptoms include headaches, jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw, and more. If you notice these signs, consult your doctor. Dentists can diagnose TMD and tailor treatments. Preventive measures include avoiding teeth grinding, maintaining relaxed facial posture, chewing evenly, not resting your chin on your hand, limiting gum chewing, and practicing good posture to alleviate TMD symptoms or prevent their worsening.