Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
We will check your oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches, or recurring sore areas during a dental exam. These are some of the most common signs of cancer in the oral cavity.
If you choose to have an even more thorough evaluation, you can be screened for oral cancer with VELscope®. Screening for early oral tissue changes can help detect cancer when it can be more successfully treated.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments.
It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold. If left untreated, this can lead to more serious oral health conditions and even threaten the integrity of your tooth.
At Lifeway Dental, we are dedicated to improving our patients' oral health and giving them the tool to maintain a healthy smile even after they leave our office. Contact us today to get started!