Archive for March 2013

Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Are you approaching retirement? Have you thought about how this affects your dental budget?

Not everyone realizes that his or her dental benefits or budget may change after retirement. Many of us work years without taking full advantage of our insurance coverage. Unfortunately we cannot bank what isn’t used every year.

As we approach are golden years…there are specific dental concerns. Dental fillings do not last forever. They may have been in your mouth for years and need to be replaced. Large fillings may need to be crowned to prevent them from breaking. Are your gums healthy? Will you need to see your dental hygienist more frequently? Do missing teeth need to be replaced? Are your dentures fitting comfortably? Ask a member of your dental team all these questions.

It is often challenging when a patient comes to us just before retirement and inquires about work that may need to be done before their benefits are changed. It is difficult to inform them that their treatment needs exceed the insurance annual maximum. It is important to share your retirement goals with your dental team 3-5 years before. This way they can sit down with you and plan out any treatment needed while maximizing your insurance coverage.

Feel free to ask for a reassessment appointment. Your dentist will re-evaluate your oral health and prepare your mouth for your retirement.

Did you know you could develop oral cancer by sexual transmission? Did you know that younger sexually active non-smoking adults are the fastest growing group to develop oral cancer? Have you talked to your teenagers about the risks? Inform yourself!

HPV is a virus that is a known cause of cervical cancer. The oral tissue is very similar to the tissue in the cervix and does not discriminate against a man or a woman. Oral cancer can be horribly disfiguring and if left undiagnosed… has a poor prognosis. Oral cancer is 3 times more common and twice as deadly as cervical cancer.

Risk factors traditionally for oral cancer are smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.  Now unprotected sex and multiple sexual partners are putting non-smokers at risk.

What does it look like? It can be red or white. It can be a sore that doesn’t heal after 14 days. It can be a wart-like mass. It can also be hoarseness in the throat or pain. It can be difficulty swallowing, speaking, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue. It can even be a simple as feeling like something is always caught in your throat.

At Rideau Dental Centre each registered dental hygienist and dentist is highly trained and performs an oral cancer screening at each visit. Make your reservation for your oral health care assessment today.