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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 .
White or brown stains on teeth can occur from several reasons. Sometimes the stain is only on one tooth and sometimes it is widespread throughout the mouth. Developmental defects and /or staining are an esthetic problem and they may indicate a weakened tooth, to which early intervention can be beneficial to the patient. In this blog we will discuss different reasons for staining and developmental defects in teeth and the treatment of them.
A small white or yellow stain on a singular tooth is usually caused from local trauma to the developing tooth. Trauma or infection of a baby tooth can affect the permanent tooth that is developing in the gums under the baby tooth. The result may not be seen until the permanent tooth erupts many years later.
The permeant incisors and first molars start developing in the first year of a baby’s life. Sometimes if the baby was sick, ran a fever or suffered from complications in development after birth we may see white or yellow areas in several front teeth and six-year molars. These are areas of enamel that are hypomineralized and they tend to be weaker and more susceptible to decay. This situation is called MIH (Molar- Incisor Hypoplasia.) It is important to treat the six-year molars early, after their eruption to limit their breakdown and decay. Treatment of the molars may be with fillings or crowns determined by the extent of the defect. Incisors may be treated with bonding, whitening. and/or microabrasion. When a child is old enough crowns or veneers may be considered. Over exposure to fluoride or certain antibiotics as a young child can also cause brown, grey or yellow stains on multiple teeth.
There are also genetic disorders that can affect the overall development of all the teeth, for example Dentinogensis Imperfecta and Amelogenesis Imperfecta. Some disorders affect multiple areas of the body, not just the teeth. In these cases, it is important to be treated consistently from a young age as teeth erupt, along with a long-term restorative plan to preserve as much tooth structure as possible.
Dr. Shabtai Sapir has extensive experience treating many of the defects discussed above and has published numerous scientific articles on these defects. Treatment needs to be preventive as well as provide an esthetic solution. If you or a loved one suufers from any of these issues call Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry (508)850-6992 to set up a consultation.
Before Teeth with white and yellow staining defects After treatment with Enamel Microabrasion
Case of Dentingensis Imperfecta impacting all teeth in the mouth- Pretreatment
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