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Thousands of Americans die every year from oral cancer.  However, if the cancer is detected early enough, there is a high chance it can be cured.

Each year, more than 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer and only half of those diagnosed survive more than five years.

But nowadays, dentists have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified.

If it is caught early, there is a much higher chance that, with your dentists help, you could win the battle against oral cancer.

The key is to know the early signs and to see your dentist regularly.

Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.

It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, cheek lining, tongue or the palate.

Other signs include:
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
- A change in the color of the oral tissues
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
- A change in the way the teeth fit together

Oral Cancer most often occurs in those who use any form of tobacco. Smoking combined with alcohol use greatly increases the risk.

However, oral cancer which is most likely to strike after age 40 can occur in people who do not smoke and have no other known risk factors.

Diets with a lot of fruits and vegetables may help prevent its development.

Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination so regular checkups with an examination of the entire mouth are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.

There are also easy tests that can be done to determine if the lesion contains abnormal or pre-cancerous cells.  Be sure to let us know if you are experiencing any of the signs list above.

Call our office at (937) 434-8870 if you have any concerns or would like to have an oral cancer screening.

Here is an article from Total Health Dental Care that discusses the benefits of 10 different foods on your dental health.  With Thanksgiving just around the corner and our tendencies to over-indulge during the holiday season, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss the benefits of eating the right food for not only your dental health but for the health of your entire body.

 

The 10 Best Foods for Great Oral Health

Food is not just sustenance, not just fuel and certainly not just a diversion. Food nurtures and heals. So the type of food you eat affects your health and wellbeing. The right foods help you feel energetic, sleep better and prevent sickness.

Generally, good nutrition is beneficial for oral health as well as total health. Fill your diet with fresh produce, nuts & seeds, legumes, lean meats and whole grains. These contribute to a more alkaline state in the body, which defends against bacteria and inflammation.

Avoid food with artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, refined flour and partially hydrogenated oils. These contribute to a more acidic state in the body, which increases bacteria and creates inflammation.

This list of 10 superfoods for great oral health will benefit your mouth. But they’re also good for the rest of you!

1.    Kiwi. Most fruits contain Vitamin C, which is vital for the health of your gum tissue, but kiwis contain the highest amount. Without Vitamin C, the collagen in your gums breaks down, the gums become tender and more susceptible to the bacteria causing periodontal disease.

2.    Cheese. High in phosphate and calcium, cheese helps balance the pH in the mouth, killing bacteria and preserving tooth enamel. This prevents cavities and gum disease.

3.    Celery. As a crunchy vegetable made mainly of water, chewing celery produces saliva, neutralizing the bacteria Streptococcus mutans that causes cavities. It’s also a naturally abrasive food that massages gums and cleans between teeth.

4.    Green Tea. Enjoyed for centuries in Asia, green tea contains catechins that kill the bacteria leading to plaque while preventing gum disease and cavities. It also inhibits the growth of bacteria leading to bad breath.

5.    Sesame Seeds. High in calcium, sesame seeds preserve the bone around the teeth & gums. They also help slough off plaque while helping build tooth enamel.

6.    Onions. Onions have powerful antibacterial sulfur compounds, making them terrific for oral health. They are strongest when eaten fresh and uncooked.

7.    Shiitake Mushrooms. These mushrooms contain lentinan, a naturally occurring sugar that prevents mouth bacteria from forming plaque.

8.    Raisins. Sweet and tasty, raisins contain phytochemicals like oleanolic acid that inhibit two species of oral bacteria to prevent cavities and gum disease.

9.    Sweet Potatoes. Along with carrots, pumpkin and broccoli, sweet potatoes have high amounts of Vitamin A, which is essential for tooth enamel formation and promotes healing of gum tissue.

10.  Water. Water is as effective as mouthwash at swishing away stuck particles and residue from teeth. It also keeps your gums hydrated while stimulating saliva – the best defense against bacteria.

I found this dental fact very interesting.  This year, Americans spent approximately $2 billion on candy for one day of Trick or Treat.  Ironically, this is the same amount of money that American spend on toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss for the entire year.  Be sure to watch how much of that left over candy you are eating.  Frequent exposure to candy will put your teeth at risk.  Be sure to brush and floss after eating the candy.  Also, if you tend to have sweet sensitivity when eating candy, it can be a sign of something worse to come.  Call us at our Kettering office to check out any sensitive teeth and to make sure nothing serious is developing.

Dr. Almoney

Costmetic dentist Kettering OH Your smile is an important feature, and often times the first thing a person notices about you.  To enhance and improve your smile, Dr. William Almoney and Dr. Gerald Brown offer their patients in Kettering, cosmetic dentistry services.  
 
Repairing a damaged or dull smile is easy with modern dentistry. Referred to as cosmetic dentistry, there are numerous smile-enhancing dental treatments available to turn even the most damaged teeth into a bright, beautiful smile. From teeth whitening procedures to veneers and tissue lifting, our Kettering cosmetic dentists can help you easily step into the New Year with a more confident, stunning smile. 
 

A Brighter Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening in Kettering

 
It’s not uncommon for years of drinking tea and coffee or bad habits like, smoking to gradually result in a discolored smile. With teeth whitening, eliminating stains and enhancing your natural white can produce dramatic results in as little as an hour.  In-office teeth bleaching performed by a professional dentist involves applying a bleaching gel to the teeth and activating the whitening solution with special lighting for approximately 30 minutes. Once the bleaching gel has penetrated the stains, it is rinsed off.  
 
Dr. Almoney and Dr. Brown, our cosmetic dentists in Kettering, will provide you with trays, custom designed to perfectly fit your teeth so that you can continue the bleaching process at home with a less powerful gel. By using the gel and the trays on a regular basis, you can touch up and continue the bleaching process. Or, if some years later you notice your teeth shade fading, you can use the trays and gel to bleach again, without having to go through the in-office procedure.
 

The Total Smile Makeover with Veneers

 
If your teeth are cracked, stained, uneven or chipped, veneers may be the perfect option for transforming the most damaged smile.  These thin, porcelain shells are custom-designed by our cosmetic dentists in our Kettering office to perfectly cover and match your natural smile to mask most any dental blemish, including stains and cracks. In some cases, veneers are even a viable alternative to braces. Compared to many treatment options, veneers will last a long time, up to 20 years, and correct the alignment of your smile by covering damaged or misshapen teeth. 
 

Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants in Kettering

 
Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth?  If you are, there is an appropriate solution to bring your smile back to life.  Traditionally, missing teeth were often replaced with fixed bridges or dentures, but more recently dental implants have become a more comfortable, effective and permanent solution.  Dental implants will look, function and feel like your own natural teeth.
 
The loss of teeth can have a significant impact on your life and self-esteem due to aesthetic implications.  Additionally, missing teeth can cause bite problems and difficulties with eating. Dental implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of your tooth that is normally occupied by the root.  As with any restoration of your teeth, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.  
 
This season, resolve to get a healthy, more confident smile with cosmetic dentistry from our Kettering dentists at Almoney & Brown Dental. Talk to Dr. William Almoney and Dr. Gerald Brown, our cosmetic dentists serving Kettering, OH, about cosmetic dentistry, your goals for treatment, and which options may be best for your teeth. In as little as one appointment, you’ll be smiling bigger. 
 
If you could change your smile, what would you change? Share your answers below!

Before we know it, 2013 will be behind us and 2014 will be here.  It seems once Halloween passes, the end of the year just flies by.  For that reason, we are offering our patients a friendly reminder about their dental insurance benefits and flex-spending accounts.

For most dental insurance plans, the benefits are defined for a calendar year.  Policies typically run from January 1st to December 31st, and if benefits are not used by the end of the year, they are lost.  Therefore, if you or your dependents have any necessary dental treatment, we encourage you to make an appointment before time runs out.  As the end of the year approaches, more patients are eager to schedule their appointments and our schedule tends to fill up quickly.

Some patients may have quite a bit of treatment that needs to be done.  This treatment can often be spread over two years of dental benefits in order to maximize coverage.  However, in order to use two years of benefits, some treatment needs to be done before the end of the year.  This is a reminder for patients with larger treatment plans to make sure to schedule their appointments accordingly.

We value helping our patients in any way we can and we know the longer patients wait to make their end of the year appointments, the more likely we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.  If you want to use 2013 dental benefits or 2013 Flex Spending dollars, please call our office at (937) 434-8870 so that we can schedule an appointment or check your remaining insurance balance.

We hope everyone has a wonderful end to the year.

The Almoney and Brown Dental Team

 

(937) 434-8870

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