Detecting Oral Cancer

Dentists Play Key Role in Detecting Oral Cancer

Ask for screening as part of your general checkup, experts say.

Not only do regular dental exams help keep your teeth and gums healthy, they can help detect oral cancer, the Academy of General Dentistry says.

As part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April, the group recommends that people get a dental exam from a general dentist every six months.

“The next time you visit your dentist, ask about an oral cancer screening,” academy spokesperson Dr. Seung-Hee Rhee advised in an academy news release.

“Your dentist will feel for lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, cheeks, and oral cavity and thoroughly examine the soft tissues in your mouth, specifically looking for any sores or discolored tissues. Although you may have already been receiving this screening from your dentist, it’s a good idea to confirm that this screening is a part, and will remain a part, of your regular exam,” Rhee said.

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Best Mouthwash for Braces 2015

Best Mouthwash For Braces 2015

Those who wear braces have a higher risk of getting plaque formed around the brackets. As a result it can cause tooth decay. Some of the patients when they take off the braces are left with white squares on their teeth. To cover them they need to get white fillings, which costs money and time. That’s why along with brushing your teeth and flossing an important part of your oral care routine should be oral rinsing. For orthodontics a good mouthwash should contain fluoride. Below we have reviewed the best mouthwash for braces.

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Mouth Guards for Sports - Biermann Orthodontics

Mouth Guards for Sports

Mouth guards are U-shaped pieces of plastic that fit between the upper and lower teeth, protectively molding around the upper teeth. Use of a mouth guard can prevent dental and jaw injury during sports. Dental injury may lead to misalignment of the teeth (malocclusion). Although some amateur sports, such as football, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, and boxing, require the use of mouth guards, Dr. Biermann recommends mouth guard use in any sport that may cause dental injury.

Different types of mouth guards are available. Read more

19 Habits That Wreck Your Teeth - Opening Things with your Teeth - Biermann Orthodontics

19 Habits That Wreck Your Teeth

Read about the many common habits that wreck your teeth. Avoiding or limiting these unhealthy habits in the long run can save you money on future dental and orthodontics care, and keep your smile bright and beautiful! Read more

Choosing the right toothbrush.

Best Toothbrushes for Braces

By: Dalvir Pannu, D.D.S.

Brushing your teeth is necessary to having a healthy mouth, but when your brush is old, it can’t do its job. Toothbrushes with bent, worn or frayed bristles aren’t going to clean well between your teeth. Take a look at your toothbrush. If you see bristles that are flat, broken or no longer standing straight, it’s time for a replacement. Toothbrushes are also a breeding ground for germs – in fact, researchers at England’s’ University of Manchester found that an uncovered toothbrush can harbor more than 100 million bacteria, some of which are linked to colds, stomach flus and variety of other illnesses. So even if your bristles look fine, it may be time for a replacement.

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