April is Oral Health Month, a good time of year to take stock of your oral care routine and understand how proper oral health can have an impact on your overall well-being. This April, consider the preventive steps you can take to make sure your mouth and the rest of your body are healthy throughout the year.
Like other parts of your body, your mouth naturally changes as you age. However, some changes to your gums, tongue, and throat may point to a problem. Be alert to the following mouth changes that could require a dentist visit.
During a routine trip to the dentist, Michael Haack was told that he had a white patch on his tongue. Haack did not have a history of mouth injuries or gum disease, so the news came as a surprise.
“My dentist told me that it resembled a freckle in my mouth,” explains the 28-year-old executive director of a local political organization. “He told me that it was an oral lesion, and that we would need to monitor it going forward.”
At the time, Haack thought little of the spot. However, over the next three years and three annual checkups, it progressed in size. His dentist ordered a biopsy and the results confirmed mild oral dysplasia—abnormal lesions, often white or red, within oral tissues that have the potential to develop into cancer.
Regular dental care is critical to the overall health of your gums and teeth. What you may not know is that your dentist can also spot signs of non-dental medical issues in your mouth during an exam. Some of the diseases and conditions that exhibit signs within your mouth include diabetes, infections, oral cancer, HIV, stress, poor nutrition, and osteoporosis.
Having to visit the dentist every six months may not be the appointment that everyone looks forward to, but it is one of the most important ones to keep. If you have found yourself wondering what the point of having regular dental checkups and cleanings really is, we’ve got something for you to think about.
If you are considering skipping a dental checkup because of cost or another factor like time or dental anxiety, make sure to consider all the risks. What you might end up paying in the long run for not visiting your dentist will likely be much higher, both for your wallet and your peace of mind. Here are some of the most important reasons why you should see your dentist regularly:
Everyone develops bad habits at some point in their lives.
These bad habits can include anything from not stopping the car fully at each stop sign, to choosing to eat unhealthy foods over better options. They can become part of who we are, but can also really hurt us.
When our bad habits affect our oral health, the results can be extremely painful on both our bodies and our wallets. With that in mind we have come up with a list of the worst habits which can harm your mouth and should be avoided as much as possible if you want to keep your smile sparkling.
Our Free Oral Cancer Screenings Were A Huge Success!
On April 17th, in honour of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we offered free VELScope oral cancer screenings at all of our lower mainland locations. The funds raised through donations totalled approximately $1,500 and have been donated to the BC Cancer Agency. Our screenings also raised awareness about the dangers of oral cancer and brought peace of mind to many people who now know that they are oral cancer free. We want to say thank you to all of our new and existing patients who took the time to be screened and gave donations to support cancer research.
If you’re following 123 Dentist this spring, you know April is Oral Health Month. 123 Dentist clinics across the lower mainland, of which there are now over 60, are participating in a number of ways. Today you can visit select clinics for a FREE VELscope exam and make a donation to Cancer research. Many clinics are also offering new patient promotions, tips and free gifts in honour of this educational opportunity.
April is Oral Health Month and 123 Dentist clinics are doing their part to spread the word about oral health and one growing area of concern in particular. Oral cancer is on the rise in Canada thanks to an aging population, increases in HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and other factors. In 2013 over 4300 cases of oral cancer were reported to Statistics Canada and in 2015 the number is expected to grow.
We put our mouths through a lot every day. Speaking, smiling, laughing, eating our favourite foods, whistling a happy tune, or exhaling during a moment of serenity are all possible thanks to our mouths. Unfortunately, oral health is often not given the same consideration that would be given to the rest of the body. Where bleeding or tenderness anywhere on the body would call for a trip to the doctor, the same is often ignored when it’s in the mouth. The truth is that research has shown numerous ways in which oral health is strongly linked to general health. Our mouths deserve just as much care and attention as the rest of our bodies do.