Archive for May, 2013

Your Smile: Spring 2013

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For More On Oral Cancer And Cosmetic Dentistry, View These Resources

Your oral health requires ongoing care from your trusted dentist who can provide you with cleanings, oral cancer screening, and cosmetic procedures. To set the foundation for positive experiences during your dental visits, schedule your next checkup with Dr. John Carson, DDS. You can make an appointment at our Tucson practice today by calling (520) 514-7203 or by visiting us online.

  • To see how Invisalign can make your smile healthier and more beautiful, visit Invisalign.com.
  • Check out WebMD.com for a look at the screening procedures used for the early detection of oral cancer.
  • If you want to know the facts about oral cancer, visit this page at OralCancerFoundation.org.
  • Follow this link to MouthHealthy.org to understand the oral care needs of patients with oral cancer.

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Regular checkups at the dentist’s office are important to your health because they ensure that your smile is not sustaining any damage from gum disease, tooth decay, and other common oral health problems. These exams are also important for your whole-body health, because they include oral cancer screening, which can play a significant role in the successful treatment of this serious condition. Here is a closer look at the benefits that oral cancer screening will offer to your health.

Improved Prognoses

Oral cancer is often not diagnosed until it has spread to other areas of the oral cavity or to the lymph nodes. When oral cancer has spread in this way, treatment will be much more complex and the prognosis for the condition will not be as bright. Currently the American Dental Association reports that the five-year survival rate is just over 64%, but this could be drastically improved with more consistent screening.

Assessment of Risk Factors

When the dentist performs an oral cancer screening, he will not only check for the characteristic sores and skin discoloration patterns of oral cancer, but he will also discuss the preventable risk factors of the disease with you. The most preventable risk factor for oral cancer is tobacco use, but there are other lifestyle choices that may be affecting your risk, and your dentist can help you make the appropriate changes to reduce or eliminate these factors.

Better Total Oral Health

As you raise your awareness of the signs of oral cancer, you may work harder to improve your oral care routine at home. This will help you care for your teeth and gums better on a daily basis, helping to improve your dental visits in the future.

If you have not recently been screened for oral cancer, schedule an appointment with Dr. John Carson, DDS, at his friendly Tucson dental practice. You can reach our office by calling (520) 514-7203, or you can visit our website to explore the complete range of advanced dental procedures that we offer.

Learn More About Dental Sealants

Cavities are often thought of as a problem that only affects children, but adults are vulnerable to cavities as well. Even with a complete oral care routine, you may be at risk for cavities that could cause pain in your smile.

As you will learn in this video, dental sealants are one option to help you effectively prevent cavities at any age. Dental sealants protect cavity-prone areas of the teeth from bacteria and plaque that can erode the tooth enamel and create serious problems down the road.

To learn if sealants are the best option for your smile, schedule a visit to the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS in Tucson. You can reach us on our website or give us a call at (520) 514-7203. In addition to general dentistry services, we provide restorative and cosmetic care that can be custom-tailored to your specific oral health needs.