Oral cancer Screenings
Oral cancer isn’t something that only smokers and drinkers are getting, but actually more people are getting oral cancer at a much younger age, due to certain viruses that also cause cervical cancers. The ACS predicts that new cancers will be diagnosed each year, and it’s important that dentists do take the time to look at the oral health of someone, so that they can have any preventative care that is needed. Oral cancer is one of those things.
Now, obviously dentistry involves monitoring our oral health and tissues to help figure out any sort of tissues that might either be precancerous or cancerous. You need these screenings because let’s face it, by the time people find it on their own, they typically are too late on it, and its why early diagnosis is actually key to your success.
You might wonder what goes into an oral cancer screening. You might wonder if they take a long time, but that isn’t the case. The procedure is really fast, and it’s done while you’re getting o oral health checkup in general. Typically, they’re looking for areas that are raised in any way, any sores that aren’t healed up, any sort of borders and shapes that don’t look normal, any sort of abnormal coloration or patches, typically red or white, any sort of anatomically unilateral places, which means it’s only on one side of the mouth, any nodular areas, and many more. They’re often looking for any sort of abnormality when they’re doing this, and that is why they might ask you to move your head in certain ways, lightly rubbing certain areas of the head, neck, and mouth for these tissues.
You might think oral cancer only happens in the mouth, but that isn’t the case. The areas that are also exposed to this are the head and neck, including the lymph nodes which will give you an early detection of oral, neck, and even head cancers. If you do feel them touching you, don’t freak out, they’re just checking to make sure that you don’t have cancer.
Now, most of the time, after they’re done with this, the next step is to work on cleaning the teeth or checking overall tooth health. However, if there is an irregular patch of tissue that might be discovered, they might need to take further steps and action. This isn’t just saying that bam, you have cancer, but it actually means that they will check the area and monitor it for a couple of weeks to see if it’s turning into anything, or they might just collect a biopsy for analysis. The lab will check it, and they’ll tell you what is next.
There isn’t anything to worry about unless they tell you otherwise. The early diagnosis of this, along with the treatments for this, actually can be very successful, which is why they want you to come in and get these treatments twice a year. They can tell you if there is anything wrong, and rectify it before it gets worse. It’s important to know if there is something wrong with our mouth, or if there is something that isn’t right. You should immediately tell your dentist if you notice anything as well, since often, this is a cause for a lot of concern, and checking for it now rather than later is a much more important thing.
However, by early detection from the dentist, you’ll be able to get the early cancer care that you need, which will allow them to live a whole lot longer. Oral cancer doesn’t have to turn into anything super serious, but if you get the right detection for it now, go see the Kennewick Dentist, and get the treatments that you need, you’ll be able to live a whole lot longer. Don’t sit around on this, but instead go in today to get the help that you need in order to keep your oral health at the peak position that it can be.
Oral health is something that you need to make sure you’re watching out for. Oral cancer isn’t a light thing, but preventative care and early diagnosis can help immensely for you.
Teaching My Kids to Brush Twice a Day
Growing up, I didn’t have too much incentive to brush my teeth twice a day and learn to floss. In fact, because we didn’t go to the dentist for a stretch of 8 to 10 years, I sincerely didn’t have any guidance or motivation. I’d most likely brush once a day, but that was about the extent of my dental routine.
But who can blame me? I didn’t know any better. I was never told to brush twice and floss once daily. I was never told how to floss with string, only those little easy flossers that you dispose of after using one.
Unfortunately, this sort of routine (or lack of one, really) caused me to develop a handful of dental caries around the age of 25, and I finally had to go in to see the dentist to get those removed because of the pain. That was around the same time I had to have my wisdom teeth removed. And heck, the only reason those had to be removed? One was rotting on the right side of my mouth, so it absolutely had to go. So I decided the rest may as well be pulled too.
But up until that point, I had spent roughly a decade away from the dentist without ever having gone once. I was never put on a routine with seeing the dentist, nor was I told I “had to brush my teeth” while at home, either.
That’s what led to my less than average dental routine most of my life, but now I’m starting to fix that about my life. I want it to be something I take seriously and handle each and every day, and I want to instill good habits in my children when they’re young since I never had that growing up. Luckily, I have the motivation (and the experience) to do that for my kids since I never had it.
I’m not trying to say my parents did a bad job at raising me. It’s quite the opposite, actually. They did so much good for me in almost all other aspects. It was just that dental hygiene wasn’t anywhere on their list of things to instill in me, so it got lost over the years. I just want to make sure I don’t do that for my kids, so brushing with them when they grow up will create a fun, healthy family routine.