Oral Cancer

 

Aging and Oral Health

August 21st, 2018

 

As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth, gums and overall oral health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-fourth of adults age 65 and older have no remaining teeth. What's more, nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay.

Oral health, regardless of age, is crucial to overall good health. Ideally, we all want to keep your natural teeth, but whether you're caring for natural teeth or dentures, advancing age may put older adults at risk for a number of oral health problems, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Diminished sense of taste
  • Root decay
  • Gum (periodontal) disease
  • Uneven jawbone caused by tooth loss
  • Denture-induced tissue inflammation
  • Attrition (loss of teeth structure by mechanical forces)
  • Recession of gums resulting in root exposure
  • Oral cancer

These conditions may not be diagnosed until it is too late. If you want to feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout life, you might be surprised what a difference a healthy mouth makes.

Here are some tips for maintaining and improving your oral health as you age:

  • Brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush. Each brushing session should be two minutes long.
  • Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner.
  • If you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis. Take the dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every day. It's best to remove them at night.
  • Drink tap water. Since most contains fluoride, it helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are.
  • Quit smoking. Besides putting you at greater risk for lung and other cancers, smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
  • Visit our office regularly for a complete dental checkup.

If you have any questions about keeping up with your oral hygiene at home, please give us a call!

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 6th, 2017

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Although all the dental professionals at NJDC take oral cancer very seriously every day of the year, we want to help spread awareness this month. All of our patients receive a complementary oral cancer screening with their oral health appointments because we strongly believe in the importance of being screened. Familiarize yourself with the facts from the Oral Cancer Foundation and make sure you are screened for oral cancer annually!
• 48,250 AMERICANS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH ORAL CANCER THIS YEAR ALONE.
• WORLDWIDE THE PROBLEM IS MUCH GREATER, WITH NEW CASES EXCEEDING 640,000 ANNUALLY.
• THE FASTEST GROWING SEGMENT OF THE ORAL/ OROPHARYNGEAL CANCER POPULATION ARE HPV16+ YOUNG NON-SMOKERS.
• ONE PERSON WILL DIE EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY 24/7/365 FROM ORAL CANCER IN THE US.
• TOBACCO USE IN ALL OF ITS FORMS AND ALCOHOL ARE STILL MAJOR RISK FACTORS FOR ORAL CANCER.

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Daniel Orellana, DDS