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Oral cancer can be a scary diagnosis, but you can have a better outcome if it is diagnosed early. Early diagnosis leads to early treatment, and you can help your dentist by regularly doing a self-check for abnormal areas in your mouth. This is especially important if you use tobacco products, but you need to know what to look for. The dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offer a wide range of services including oral cancer screening to help you.
So, what are the signs and symptoms to look for? Oral cancer has some definite concerns to look for, including:
- Areas of thickened, wrinkled, or white tissue in your mouth
- Open lesions or sores in your mouth that don’t heal
- Chronically irritated, eroded, or rough areas in your mouth
- Tenderness or numbness around your lips, cheeks, or in your mouth
- Swollen lymph nodes or lumps in your mouth, on your face, or neck
- Difficult or painful swallowing, chewing, or talking
- Chronic hoarseness or a sore throat
You can do a lot to prevent oral cancer. One of the most important steps you can take is to stop smoking or using tobacco products. You should also avoid drinking alcohol in excessive amounts. The combination of tobacco use and alcohol consumption is the biggest cause of oral cancer in the United States.
You should also do a self check in your mouth regularly looking for any of the signs and symptoms listed above. Check the inside of your cheeks, the top and sides of your tongue, underneath your tongue, your gums, your lips, and other areas of your mouth. Early diagnosis can improve your chances of survival by as much as 75 percent.
If you notice any potential abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous changes, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist may recommend a biopsy to determine if precancerous or cancerous changes are present.
Remember, nearly 8,000 people will die from oral cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. You don’t have to become a statistic! To find out more about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, call the office of our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel today at (301) 663-5550.
When it comes to dental problems, young children are one of the most at-risk groups, largely because they don’t fully understand the importance of keeping their teeth clean. Accordingly, as a diligent and attentive parent, it's incredibly important to help ensure that your child’s smile stays healthy now and into the future. Get help and advice from a dentist here at Pearlfection Dentistry in both Frederick and Urbana, MD.
Importance of Your Child’s Smile Health
As a child, you may have had frequent visits to the dentist to check for and fill cavities. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that over 15 percent of children ages five to 19 could have untreated cavities. Without treatment, tooh decay can quickly lead to tooth loss—especially in young teeth that haven’t fully developed yet.
Common Childhood Dental Issues
The most pressing dental problem that dentists look for in children in tooth decay. After all, this age group tends to consume more sugar than adults and doesn't often have the best dental hygiene habits. Orthodontic problems are also common in children, and this can have an effect on chewing and speaking abilities. Younger and older teens can also have issues with early-onset periodontitis (gum disease), which sometimes runs in families. Aggressive treatment is required to avoid long-term dental and gum tissue problems.
Tips for Maintaining Your Child’s Healthy Smile
When trying to encourage your child to adopt good dental hygiene habits, consider that you are their main role model—show your child the importance of brushing, flossing, and eating healthier snacks by doing so yourself. Additionally, our offices in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offer the following treatments to boost your child's oral health:
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride treatments
- Regular dental cleanings
- Braces and space maintainers
- Tooth-colored cavity fillings
A Skilled Team of Dentists at Your Service
Get help maintaining the health of your child’s smile by calling PearlFection Dentistry at (301) 831-8303 for the Urbana office, or (301) 663-5550 for the Frederick location. Our general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel are all here to help your child stay in top health.
Do you have sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops throughout the night, creating a myriad of health problems along the way. However, sleep apnea is treatable, and the dental experts at PearlFection Dentistry, located in Frederick and Urbana, MD, can help you! Read on to learn more.
About Sleep Apnea
In obstructive sleep apnea, the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, causing a stoppage or reduction in airflow. Each pause in breathing can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and may occur up to 30 times or more during sleep.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, even children. Obesity is one of the most common causes of sleep apnea along with other factors including consuming alcohol, having certain illnesses, and taking medications. Other risk factors for sleep apnea include being over age 40 as well as having a family history of sleep apnea and nasal obstruction.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include pauses in breathing, loud snoring, gasping sounds, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, morning headaches. People with sleep apnea may also experience irritability, memory loss, decreased sexual desire, and nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom).
Sleep Apnea Treatments
For a mild case of sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or avoiding alcohol. Sleep apnea is also treated with oral appliance therapy. This oral appliance repositions the jaw during sleep, improving airflow and reducing your symptoms, helping to give you a good night's rest. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious complications such as glaucoma, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and cognitive disorders.
You can stop sleep apnea today. Call PearlFection Dentistry at (301) 831-8303 for the Urbana office, and (301) 663-5550 for the Frederick location. Effective treatment of sleep apnea improves quality of life and improves psychological and physical health. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care thanks to our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani. Serving the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and also conveniently located only 45 minutes away from Washington DC and Baltimore.
Don’t ignore a true dental emergency when it happens to you.
Think you are dealing with a dental emergency? If so, you may be wondering, “Now what?” Our Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani are here to help you pinpoint a true dental emergency so you know what steps to take next.
So what constitutes a dental emergency? Here are problems that can arise that need immediate attention from your Frederick, MD, dentist:
- A toothache
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A knocked-out or partially dislodged tooth
- A severely bitten tongue or lip
- Broken dental work or braces
If you or a family member is dealing with any of the problems above, it’s time to get immediate dental care.
Stay Calm and Seek Dental Care
While we know it can be difficult to stay calm when you are dealing with a dental emergency it’s important not to freak out. Here are some pointers to follow to help you know what to do when a dental emergency happens to you or a loved one:
- Call your dentist right away and let them know what’s going on. They will let you know whether you need to come in right away. This is the first and most important step you need to take.
- If you are dealing with pain or swelling, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen to at least temporarily stave off discomfort until you get into our office. Never rub aspirin or any pain reliever directly on your gums.
- If your tooth has been knocked out or cracked, collect the tooth (or pieces of the tooth). If the tooth is fully intact rinse it with lukewarm water (handle the tooth by the crown only; never the roots) and then carefully try to place it back in the socket. If the tooth won’t go back in the socket hold the tooth between your cheeks and your gums and head to our office immediately. Cracked pieces of a tooth can be placed into a protective container.
- If there is bleeding, apply a clean cloth to the area and apply pressure for several minutes. If the bleeding gets worse or doesn’t stop in 15 minutes then you may need to go to your nearest emergency room.
- If there is facial swelling, take a pain reliever or apply a hot or cold compress to your face for 10-15 minutes at a time.
If you are looking for emergency dental care in Frederick, MD, then look no further than Pearlfection Dentistry. We are proud to provide comprehensive dental services to the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and we are only 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and Baltimore. If you have a dental emergency call us right away.
Don’t let another night of poor sleep affect your quality of life.
Dealing with chronic and loud snoring is one of the main complaints among partners. If you or a loved one’s snoring is keeping everyone up at night, it’s important that you turn to a sleep specialist to find out if sleep apnea could be the reason for your snoring. Even if sleep apnea isn’t the cause, snoring can disrupt sleep and lead to daytime fatigue and a host of potentially serious and chronic health problems such as heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke.
So, how can our Urbana, MD, dental team help? While it might seem rather odd to go to a dentist to treat your sleep apnea or snoring symptoms it’s actually not as odd as you might think. After all, there is a connection between your symptoms and your mouth. For example, in those with obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type of sleep apnea) the tissues in the back of the throat, or the tongue itself, end up blocking the airways throughout the night, affecting how much oxygen your brain and body are getting each and every night.
To prevent these obstructions from happening, our dental team will provide you with an oral appliance. Many people with sleep apnea will receive CPAP therapy to treat their condition. This is a standard treatment option, but it’s not the only treatment option. In fact, if your condition is mild you may not even need to wear the CPAP mask at all. You could get the treatment and results you need with our simple oral appliance. Instead of putting a mask over your nose and mouth each night you will pop this custom-made dental device over your upper and lower teeth.
An oral appliance looks similar to a mouthguard; however, it can work in one of two ways: It can either reposition the jaws forward to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing at night or it can suppress the tongue so the tongue doesn’t block the airways while you sleep. This treatment has helped many patients get better quality sleep while eliminating snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, is ready to help you get the quality sleep you finally deserve. If you are dealing with sleep apnea or chronic snoring and are ready to find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you, give our office a call today!