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26Nov

Oral cancers can develop in any of your oral tissues. Because they often, in their earliest stages, develop asymptomatically, it is crucial that you stay on track with your professional dental appointments, because our Glendale dentists complete oral cancer screenings during cleanings and assessments.

How often do we do oral cancer screenings?

The American Dental Association recommends that patients complete professional cleanings every six months or so. Some patients are at an increased risk of developing oral cancer, and they may need to see their dentists more frequently. Smoking/tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and some trains of HPV can all put you at risk of developing cancerous tissues.

What happens during a screening?

During a normal assessment, our team will visually examine your tissues for signs of swelling, discoloration, and texture changes. We may also probe cheek, gum, or tongue tissue to find anomalous tissues or tumors. If necessary, we will recommend more advanced screenings with cancer-detecting-dyes and digital imaging.

What happens if something is irregular?

If oral cancer is suspected, our team may take a sample or biopsy in order to test it. Then based on all of the information that we have gathered we will recommend a treatment protocol. This may include a removing cancerous tissues, utilizing radiation, and/or going through chemotherapy. Every case is different, and your treatment plan will be tailored to suit your specific situation.

One of the best things that you can do to empower early oral cancer detection is to keep up with your regular routine of professional cleanings and assessments. When your dentist sees you regularly, he or she is able to notice even small changes in your oral tissues.

Our Glendale dentists are here to answer any questions you may have, and to help you schedule a personal consultation with our team. Give us a call! 

12Nov

We all want to take care of our smiles properly, but with so much information out there, it can sometimes be confusing on the best way to do this. Our Glendale dentists are here to help! Today we are debunking three commonly held misunderstandings about dentistry. Let’s get started!

Brushing more is always better

Brushing your teeth is good, right? So doesn’t it make sense that brushing even more can only be helpful? Surprisingly, brushing too much can actually cause your dental enamel and oral tissues to wear down prematurely, and leave you at risk of developing further dental damage. It is recommended that patients stick to brushing twice a day—morning and night—unless told otherwise by your dental team.

All toothbrushes are basically the same

There are a number of different types of toothbrushes on the market today, and they aren’t all created equal! First of all, your dental team can help you decide whether a manual or electric brush is right for you. Then, you definitely want to take into account the bristle strength of the brush and the size of the brush head. Using bristles that are too firm can thin enamel, and using a brush head that is too large will prevent you from cleaning the back corners of your smile.

Orthodontic treatment is purely for aesthetics

Improving your dental alignment offers obvious cosmetic benefits, but did you know that it can also improve the health of your smile? When your teeth are properly aligned, and your bite comes together naturally, you are less likely to suffer from bruxism and TMJ disorder. Patients also find that it is much easier to keep their smiles clean when their teeth are straight and evenly aligned.

If you have additional questions about caring for your smile, our Glendale dentists are here to help you!