Last updated 3 months ago
Have you had a serious discussion with your dentist about oral cancer? Oral cancer may not be one of the better known cancers, but it can be fatal if not found and treated early. Your dentist can perform a quick, painless screening using a special solution and light that will illuminate suspect cells that may not otherwise be visible to the naked eye. Read on to learn what you need to know about oral cancer, and then ask your dentist about scheduling a screening.
Risk for Oral Cancer
Oral cancer tends to affect men over the age of 50 the most often, but no one is immune. Tobacco and alcohol users have the greatest risk, but as many as a quarter of all diagnosed cases occur in people who have never smoked, chewed tobacco, or drank heavily. A family history of cancer can also increase your risk. In addition, excessive sun exposure may make you more likely to develop oral cancer.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer can often manifest without causing any symptoms at all, which is why regular screenings are so important. If you do have symptoms, they may include sores, red or white patches, or growths in the mouth. Other common signs include pain or soreness in the mouth, throat, or neck that cannot otherwise be explained, unexplained oral bleeding, and changes in your bite.
Treatment for Oral Cancer
The survival rate for oral cancer is relatively good when caught and treated early. Treatment may include surgical removal of any tumors or abnormal cells, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of these. You can reduce your risk by abstaining from alcohol and tobacco use, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.
If you’d like to discuss oral cancer with a dentist in Cleveland, contact the team at Hudec Dental. You can reach us by calling (216) 661-8888 to set up your appointment today. We also offer specialty services like endodontics and oral surgery.
Last updated 4 months ago
Plaque—you’ve probably heard the word quite a few times before. From the commercials on TV for various dental products to the dental hygienist when you go for a cleaning, the topic of plaque is a popular one. But what exactly is plaque and why is it so bad for your teeth?
Plaque is actually what dentists refer to as a “biofilm” that covers your teeth. It is a thin, sticky, and usually colorless accumulation of bacteria and bacterial byproducts on the surface of the teeth. You can often feel plaque with your tongue if you haven’t brushed in a while. You cannot see plaque, however, with the bare eye. Plaque can generally be removed with normal brushing and flossing, but it can harden into tartar when regular hygiene is ignored, putting you at risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
At Hudec Dental in Cleveland, we can help you understand more about plaque and how to remove it during your general dental checkup. Visit our website for more information or call (216) 661-8888 to schedule your next appointment.
Last updated 4 months ago
Straight, properly aligned teeth are about so much more than just a radiant, beautiful smile. There are actually a number of important dental benefits, and even a few general health benefits, of having teeth that are straight. If you’ve avoided addressing your crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth because you don’t like the idea of braces, your dentist can provide you with a discreet, comfortable treatment option. Continue reading to find out more about the importance of having straight teeth.
Stronger, Healthier Gums and Teeth
Crowding of the teeth or gaps between the teeth prevent them from being optimally secured by the gums. Misalignments also make hygiene more difficult. When teeth are very close together or overlap, you may not be able to use floss effectively. When there are gaps, food can get stuck between the teeth more easily. Bringing the teeth into proper alignment eliminates all of those problems so that your teeth and gums can stay healthier.
Reduced Risk of Certain Medical Conditions
Good oral health is part of an overall healthy lifestyle. When your gums are healthier and you’re not constantly battling bacteria and infection from tooth decay, you can reduce your risk of experiencing inflammation in other areas of the body. If you suffer from diabetes or heart disease, maintaining good oral health can reduce the risk of complications. In addition, serious health conditions such as stroke and pneumonia have been linked to gum disease, so keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible is essential.
To learn more about the benefits of straight teeth or to schedule a dental appointment, call Hudec Dental at (216) 661-8888 today. We serve patients throughout Cleveland and the surrounding areas, and are happy to design the perfect treatment plan for your unique needs. You can also visit us online to learn more about our practice and services.
Last updated 4 months ago
Dental fillings have come a long way over the years in terms of sophistication and durability, but their function remains the same: to fill the void left by decay and eliminate that decay to prevent it from spreading and doing further damage.
There are five basic types of dental fillings: silver amalgam, composite resin, ceramic, cast gold, and gold foil. Amalgam and composite materials are the most commonly used, though the use of amalgam has lessened in recent years due to the availability and affordability of durable tooth-colored options. Your dentist will recommend the best material for you.
At Hudec Dental in Cleveland, we provide the best in dental care, and the materials we use to treat cavities are of the highest quality. Visit our website to learn more about our practice and the services we provide. You can also call (216) 661-8888 to get answers to your questions about dental treatments or to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 4 months ago
When you have one or more missing teeth, the effects on the appearance and functionality of your smile can be enormous. Even one missing tooth can greatly interfere with your ability to chew food properly, and can eventually lead to other problems with alignment, as it allows the adjacent teeth to shift from their proper locations. Whether you’re looking at tooth replacement options as part of a senior dental care plan or because of a traumatic accident, here’s what you need to know about dental implants.
Dental Implants Are the Closest Possible Thing to Natural Teeth
The more your tooth replacement treatment mimics your natural teeth, the better. With dentures, partials, and bridges, the artificial tooth or teeth sit on top of the gums, which can cause uncomfortable pressure and allow food to become trapped under the prosthesis. With dental implants, the replacement tooth actually has a metal “root” secured in your jaw, which allows the implant to function like a real tooth and evenly distribute bite force.
Dental Implants Do Not Require Special Care
After the initial placement and healing of your dental implant, you won’t have to worry about extra hygiene steps. There’s no soaking in an overnight solution, no extra scrubbing, no adhesives, and no constant adjustments due to gum tissue shrinkage and bone loss. Once your dental implant is in place, you just brush and floss like normal, and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Dental Implants Are Strong, Secure, and Comfortable
Because dental implants are actually integrated into your jawbone, they are extremely durable, making them the ideal long-term solution. They won’t shift around in your mouth, and you won’t have to learn how to speak and eat all over again, as you would with dentures. Best of all, they look completely natural.
If you’re interested in dental implants in Cleveland, contact Hudec Dental. Our dentists and technicians will work with you to design the perfect treatment plan for your missing teeth. Call (216) 661-8888 for an appointment today.