Archive for June 2014

Say Ahh!

June 24, 2014 | Posted Education

Why do my dentist and my hygienist ask me to say ahh?  What are they doing?  Dental health professionals play a vital role in screening individuals for oral cancer.  We use our eyes to catch visual abnormalities and we use fingers to feel for lumps and bumps.  It is important to be checked at each visit.  Who else has their hands in your mouth?
 
Oral cancer may develop on the lips, the tongue, the inside of cheeks, the gums, under the tongue, the roof of the mouth, the back of the throat and the tonsils.  Risk factors include: smoking, alcohol, HPV virus exposure, lack of fruits and vegetables in your diet and sun exposure.
 
The normal course of healing is two weeks.  Anyone experiencing symptoms beyond this should contact a dental professional.  What signs or symptoms to look for:
 
· White or red patches anywhere in the mouth
· Mouth sore that bleeds easily or won’t heal
· A colour change of the oral tissues
· Teeth are suddenly loose
· Dentures that stops fitting
· Pain or swelling
· Difficulty swallowing or speaking
· Enlarged lymph nodes
· Persistent earache
 
Any cancer has a better prognosis if caught early.  Visit your dentist regularly.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre 613-230-7475.
 

Your Dentist Needs to Know!

June 10, 2014 | Posted Education

It is important for your dentist to have your overall medical history.  Complete disclosure allows your dentist and hygienist to be more effective in caring for your oral health needs.  There are certain health conditions, which does not allow us to provide dental care.  If so, it may actually harm you.  Some systemic diseases can be seen in the mouth and make oral conditions more difficult to treat. Your medical history allows your dentist and your hygienist to properly manage your treatment.
 
We need to know:
 
Are you pregnant?
Have you had any hospital stays or surgeries?
Do you have any heart problems?
Have you had any changes in your blood pressure?
Do you have any allergies?
Are you taking any medications?
Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, HIV, hepatitis or tuberculosis?
Are you undergoing cancer treatment?
Do you smoke or use chewing tobacco?
 
It may seem personal to discuss your health with us. It is important so we can tailor your treatment for you without doing any harm.  We care about you.  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.