Here is a news update from the "Dental Tribune" Website...
"CHICAGO, IL, USA: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year, and more than 8,000 deaths occur annually. The five-year survival rate for oral cancers is roughly 50 percent. In observance of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recommends that patients receive a dental exam from a general dentist every six months."
Periodontal disease is the pre-curser to Oral Cancer and it is a preventable condition. It is estimated that over 65% of Americans will suffer from Periodontal disease in their lifetime. Dental exams not only help to decrease a patient's risk of oral diseases, such as cavities and periodontal (gum) disease, but they also may help to diagnose other, sometimes life-threatening, medical conditions, such as oral cancer.
Periodontal Disease or more commonly known as Gum Disease, is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70% of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four people at some point in their lives.
Be aware for the following Warning Signs:
- red, swollen or tender gums,
- bleeding while brushing or flossing,
- gums that pull away from teeth,
- loose or separating teeth,
- pus between the gum and tooth,
- persistent bad breath,
- change in the way teeth fit together when you bite,
- or a change in the fit of partial dentures.
Remember, we are talking about a Disease State and it must be taken care of right away for not only your teeth and gums but for your total health care.
As we all know, early detection is key to treating any condition. That's why I like to be pro-active and oral cancer screening is something I do every six months on the periodic oral exam/cleaning appointment.
If you have any concerns about the condition of your teeth, mouth or gums, please give me a call or simply respond to schedule an appointment.