Oral cancer is diagnosed in 53,000 people in the US a year. Oral cancer is easily treated if discovered in the early stages, but can seriously affect the quality of life and be deadly when discovered late. At Norfolk Family and Pediatric Dentistry, we will routinely screen for oral cancer at every exam appointment.
There are many risk factors that contribute to oral cancer, many of them can be controlled. They include tobacco use, smoking of any kind, excessive alcohol consumption, or a combined use of alcohol and tobacco, unprotected excessive exposure to the sun, low intake of fruits and vegetables. Another factor on the rise and seen in younger people is oral cancer due to infection with HPV16 (same cause as cervical cancer)
There are signs and symptoms to be aware of that will help with early discovery. They include red and/or white discolorations in the soft tissues of the mouth. Any sore or ulcer that does not heal within 14 days and may not be causing pain. Hoarseness which lasts for prolonged periods of time. Advanced indicators include a sensation that something is stuck in your throat, numbness, difficulty swallowing or moving the muscles of your mouth, lip or tongue, or a lump which develops in your mouth or on your neck. Should you experience any of the above contact us to make an appointment for a screening.
Mortality from oral cancer can be reduced by being screened yearly, avoiding risk factors, and involving your health care professional in suspicious lesions in the mouth or neck. Vaccinating your preteens for HPV can help them prevent cancer in the future as well.
For more information please contact Norfolk Family and Pediatric Dentistry at (508) 850- 6992. You can also check out www.checkyourmouth.org .
Going to the dentist can be nerve-racking. Some people even have a hard time thinking about going to the dentist and avoid it, which can lead to the deterioration of oral and dental health. If you're someone who's afraid of the dentist or suffers from some sort of anxiety at the thought of visiting your doctor, then you should discover how Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, can help relieve your anxiety.
What types of sedation dentistry are available?
There are several methods of sedation dentistry used by your Norfolk, MA, dentist. If you feel sleep dentistry is something you should consider, then here are a few options to consider when meeting with Drs. Sapir to discuss sedation:
- Oral sedation: Individuals who opt for oral conscious sedation will take a sedative pill about an hour before the procedure or take medication a night before, if that's something discussed with their doctor and is found to be a safer and more comfortable option for them. The patient can be sedated through the whole procedure and they may not remember the dental treatment occurring. Someone will have to drive you to and back from the dentist's office if this is your choice. There are various levels of oral conscious sedation, ranging from a person who is very much awake during their treatment, but are relaxed and at ease, to feeling more drowsy
- Nitrous oxide: Oxygen is mixed with the nitrous oxide and is inhaled by the patient through a mask that's put over their face. The sedative, also known as laughing gas, will not put you to sleep, but can help you relax. It's effect is quick and does not leave a residual sedative in your body when you leave the office.
- IV Conscious Sedation: This is when sedatives are delivered directly into your bloodstream. This is more powerful than oral sedation and has an almost immediate effect. Your doctor monitors you with specialized equipment during treatment. It's advantageous because of its immediate effect and how quickly and easily it can be adjusted if need be.
If you're interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry from Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, call (508) 850-6992 today!
Crooked teeth, poor bite, gaps, crowding. They're just some of the problems treated by braces. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir provide precise and comprehensive orthodontic care for qualified patients of every age. Whether you're a child who just needs some spaces maintained or are an adult who desires a beautifully straight smile, our dental team can help!
Why get braces?
Although cosmetic concerns definitely play a role in deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment, there are other more important reasons. The Academy of General Dentistry maintains that crooked smiles, poor bite, and jaw misalignment contribute to tooth decay, migraine headaches, facial pain, and even periodontal disease. Some individuals have speech problems because of gapped, crowded, and missing teeth.
The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends evaluation for braces by age seven, and most orthodontic patients begin treatment between the ages of 10 and 14. However, more and more adults pursue orthodontic treatment these days because of the increasingly efficient diagnostic and treatment processes. As long as your teeth, bone, and gums are healthy, there's no good reason not to get braces!
What braces are right for you?
Your dentist in Norfolk will determine the course of your orthodontic treatment. Evaluation includes a complete oral examination, digital X-rays, and photographs and impressions.
Children and young teens typically receive correction conventional metal braces and archwires. Additionally, tooth-colored ceramic or lingual braces (mounted on the tongue side of teeth) may be options. Children have the advantage of growing bone structure which allows to correct skeletal problems. Dr. Sapir may leverage in planning treatments that are quicker and making full bracketing at a later date easier. This kind of pediatric orthodontic treatment is termed "interceptive."
Also, for older teens and adults, the dentist may consider Invisalign clear aligners. Favored because of their smooth texture, removability, and discreet appearance, Invisalign appliances can correct minor problems and relapses. They are easy to clean and aesthetically pleasing.
Find out more
Could you straighten your smile? Why not consult with Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry? They love treating patients of all ages and entire families in particular. Braces could be in your future! Call the office today for a consultation: (508) 850-6992.
We are here to assuage your concerns about your upcoming root canal.
Have you recently been told that you need root canal treatment? If so, you may have turned to the Internet to provide you with the information you need to understand more about your upcoming procedure; however, there are a lot of myths and misinformation regarding root canals and our Norfolk, MA, dentists Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir want you to be fully and properly informed about what goes into getting a root canal before it happens.
First and foremost, if a TV show or movie has made you think that a root canal is some crazy form of dental torture, we are here to give you the peace of mind you are looking for. Dental technology has come a long way over the years, which means that many dental procedures are now easier, faster and completely painless. Root canals are just one of these procedures.
Say Goodbye to Pain
Most people who require root canal treatment come into our office because they are experiencing a pretty severe and persistent toothache. In order to get rid of the pain our Norfolk, MA, general dentist will need to perform root canal therapy to remove the inflamed or infected dental pulp (a structure that lies inside the tooth). Advanced dental techniques also ensure that along with providing you with instant relief from your toothache, the procedure really is no more invasive than getting a dental filling nowadays.
And if this wasn’t enough to make you feel at ease, know that we also apply a local anesthesia to the area prior to treatment. This anesthesia will numb the area so that you don’t feel any discomfort while we perform your root canal. Of course, your comfort is our number one priority, so we will continuously check on you and make sure you aren’t feeling any discomfort throughout your procedure.
Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry is so happy you’ve chosen us to give you the comprehensive and tailored dental care that you need. No matter if you are bringing your child in for their first dental checkup or you are experiencing a toothache in Norfolk, MA, we are here for you every step of the way.
Like all good habits, strong oral hygiene habits and routines are usually established in childhood. From regular trips to the dentist to brushing and flossing, introducing children to the benefits of practicing good oral hygiene and preventive dental care will set them up for healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir offer general and pediatric dentistry services for the entire family at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA.
Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should take your child for their first dental exam when the first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday. Despite the fact that primary (baby) teeth are temporary, they still need to be cared for like permanent teeth to prevent tooth decay and dental problems in the future.
How to Get Your Children Excited About Oral Hygiene and Dental Care
Getting your children excited about brushing their teeth and flossing is the first step in making a good oral hygiene routine stick. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Buy them a toothbrush that they will love to use, and replace it every few months on a regular basis
- Teach them how to floss and proper brushing techniques by using yourself as an example, and make it an event that you do together so that they will look forward to the activity every day
- Buy age-appropriate toothpaste
- Schedule dental checkups for the entire family at the same time if possible to help ease anxiety about going to the dentist, and to establish a routine
- Encourage them to eat healthy snacks and to keep up with their brushing and flossing routine by creating fun incentives that make it feel more like accomplishing a goal than keeping up with a chore
Find a Pediatric Dentist in Norfolk, MA
For more oral hygiene tips and preventive dentistry services for the entire family, contact Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry by calling (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir.
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