There is clearly a need to raise public awareness towards oral cancer and the risk factors for developing the disease. Regular dental visits can play an important role in the early diagnoses and treatment of oral cancer. The oral cancer screening process is incredibly simple, painless, takes no more than 10 minutes and can help your dentist identify issues early.
All dentists are trained to and should perform visual mouth cancer screening at every examination. The outlook for mouth cancer can vary depending on which part of the mouth is affected and whether it has spread from the mouth into surrounding tissue. Mouth cancer can affect any part of the mouth, including the tongue and lips.
Once you have discussed symptoms, your dentist will use gloved hands to check your mouth, including the sides of your tongue and underneath, inside your cheeks and they will feel along your jaw looking for any signs of swelling, lumps, or red (erythroplakia) or pale (leukoplakia) patches or mouth sores. The doctor wants to know the exact location and size of the malignant tissue, and in what extent it has spread in other areas of the mouth or neck.
Some dentists may use special tests to screen for oral cancer. A couple of these oral cancer screenings may involve:
• Shining a light in your mouth during an exam. The light makes healthy tissue appear dark and makes abnormal tissue appear white.
• Rinsing your mouth with a special blue dye before an exam. Abnormal cells in your mouth may take up the dye and appear blue.
• Using a special brush to obtain cells from areas of the mouth and possibly the throat and lips. These cells are then viewed under a microscope to determine if they're abnormal.
Men over the age of 45, along with elderly patients, have the highest risk of developing oral cancer. Regular screening for oral cancer is among the most important services provided to you at the dental office. Ensure that you keep regularly scheduled visits with your dentist and do your part to take your oral health seriously!
PEOPLE WITH DIABETES are mindful of their bodies’ feedback. Effective diabetes management requires frequent blood sugar checks, careful dietary planning, and close monitoring of other symptoms.
But with all the things diabetics have to consider, they often miss warning signs from another crucial area—the mouth.
Why are oral care and diabetes so intertwined? Recent studies have revealed more on the relationship between gum disease and diabetic symptoms.
It’s About Bacteria
People with diabetes have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the body and cause infection. When harmful bacteria are allowed to build up in the mouth, gums become swollen and sensitive. In addition to weakening the structures holding teeth in place, inflamed, bleeding gums are an easy access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once inside, these bacteria can aggravate diabetic complications and make it harder to manage blood sugar.
Diabetes makes gums more susceptible to infection—and infected gums, in turn, worsen diabetic conditions. It’s a vicious cycle!
3 Keys To Managing Oral Health And Diabetes
Stay in touch with your doctor AND with us. Follow your doctor’s diabetes management plan, and relay any changes in your condition. Make sure your doctor has our contact information and keeps us informed as appropriate. Keep your regular dental checkup appointments.
Control your blood glucose level. Monitor your blood sugar level and use medications as recommended. The better you manage your blood sugar, the less likely you will be to develop gum infections.
Establish good oral care habits. Brush twice a day, gently massaging and cleaning gums. Floss at least once daily. If you smoke, quit. Please talk with us if you have any questions about brushing or flossing techniques!
Let Us Help You Manage Diabetes
We understand that living with diabetes presents a host of extra things to think about every day. We want to ease that burden by providing personalized care to our diabetic patients. If you know someone with diabetes, share this information with them!
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be part of your health-conscious lifestyle.
We treasure our relationship with you as a patient and a friend!
It's hard to imagine any culture where music doesn’t play a vital role. The benefits of music for the human soul are intangible, but they are immense. Music opens up new worlds for people. It can be used to tell stories, to inspire, or to help people relax. On Make Music Day, people all around the world come together to celebrate the incredible power of music.
The perfect way to celebrate this day is to make your own music, by yourself or with friends. You don’t have to be a musician, because anyone can make music. If you have children, they will love something as simple as banging on pots and pans and singing. If you can’t play an instrument, you can get together for a night of karaoke with friends. And even if you have no musical talent whatsoever, you can spend the day listening to your favorite songs. The great thing about music is that it’s for everyone.
Mesa Dentist Gives Top 4 Oral Hygiene Traveling Essential Tips
Summer is here! For most of us, summer is the ideal time for vacations! But just because you’re taking a break doesn’t mean you should leave proper dental care at home. Travel can divert us from our healthy dental routine, which can take its toll on our teeth and our breath. Dealing with your teeth is as essential as everything else you will do during your travels. So, what can you do
to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best while away? It’s easy! You just need the right game plan and these four essential items:
1. A Water Bottle
Always travel with a water bottle. Having a dry mouth can increase the measure of cavity-causing bacteria in our mouths. Flush with water after drinking soda or juice. This will help dispose of any remaining sugar and acid in your mouth. It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth well after each snack or meal. In addition to diluting any sugars and acids in your mouths, rinsing your mouth will help prevent bad breath! This tip is beneficial for both, your oral and social health.
2. Tooth-Friendly Snacks
Road trips also include lots of delicious foods, and you deserve to indulge a little - it is a vacation after all. Just be smart. Another issue during travel is dry, stale mouth caused by long travel times without eating. Skipping meals and inserting long stretches of time between eating decreases healthy saliva stimulation. Carry healthy, tooth scrubbing snacks like apples, celery, and carrots. These foods will help your mouth clean itself, resist plaque, and stimulate saliva production.
3. Sugarless Chewing Gum
Once we have embarked on our adventure, whether business or pleasure, making a stop to brush our teeth simply isn't on the agenda. It just isn’t always feasible to brush after every meal. Fortunately, chewing sugarless gum will freshen your breath and rinse away food particles. Keeping you fit for travel.
4. Oral Care Basics
As you’re packing your suitcase, remember your oral health basics: floss, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. Toothbrush caps are great for protecting brush bristles from germs and damage in your luggage. But you also need to make sure your brush stays dry - a brush that stays wet breeds bacteria. If you can, take your toothbrush out of its travel case when you reach your destination.
Whether your summer arrangements include travel or not, great oral cleanliness is an essential part of staying healthy. If travel is in your near future, keep in mind the best insurance is to have your teeth at their best before you leave.
We hope these tips will come in handy the next time you travel. Do you have any travel tips YOU would like to share? We would love to hear your ideas!
Thanks for being brilliant patients and friends! Robison Dental Group
IT MIGHT NOT SEEM SO AT FIRST, but a dental practice is all about relationships—relationships between our team members and our relationships with YOU, our valued patients and friends. When we stop to think about the things we do each day, these things make it all worth it.
We Love Seeing Your Smile!
We love social media because it allows us to continue to nurture these important relationships long after you’ve gone back home after visiting our practice. We enjoy hearing about your concerns, your plans, your vacations, your victories... And we get to see your smiles often! We love that!
We can’t help it. Humans are hardwired to see faces everywhere. It just goes to show the importance of our smiles! Did you know that people can perceive a smile from 300 feet away? That makes it the most recognizable human expression.
Smiles are a foundational part of how we interact with each other. Whether it’s for family photos, travel selfies, a job interview, or a date, our smiles are such an important part of how we show ourselves to the world.
Keep your smile bright and healthy by giving it the care it deserves. Let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns about your dental health.
Share Your Smile!
Like we said, we love to see YOUR smiles. Follow us on Facebook, and post a pic of yourself on our page. Knowing that you’re proud of your smile is one of the things that makes our jobs so satisfying.
Smile Power Day is the perfect excuse to shine your pearly whites and show off those dimples. And no, a smiley face or an emoticon won’t do! Not today, at least. The smile is a symbol of happiness and vitality, a beacon of hope and an expression of emotion. So just for today, drop the ‘:)’ texts and flash them a real smile.
Nobody knows who came up with the idea of dedicating a whole 24 hours to the involuntary contraction of the zygomatic major muscle, but one thing is certain: we’re the only creatures on the planet that can do it.
Whether fate smiled upon you or not, you can always find a good reason to smile. So grin from ear to ear, look on the bright side and smile your troubles away, just like the great Dr. Seuss suggested: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Smile Power Day is meant to be shared with loved ones. You can take them all out to a stand-up show, put together an organized smile-off, eat smiley-glazed cupcakes, drink some Smile Cocktails, and paint smileys everywhere because everyone and his brother loves them. Most importantly, when you crack a smile today, remember that it’s not Smile Power Day unless you can put a smile one someone else’s face, too.
Robison Dental Group, provides unsurpassed dental service in Mesa, AZ. We are a family-oriented, private dental practice with a soothing atmosphere. Convenient hours and location, catering to all ages! Call 480-924-2300 or visit our website @ http://www.drrobison.com/service/general-dental-services/ for an appointment today!
CHEWING IS THE FIRST STEP in digestion! But chewing our food only enough to swallow it down doesn’t count. If you’re rushing proper chewing—especially if it’s due to dental distress—you’re robbing yourself of some important benefits!
Chewing Helps Retain Energy And Absorb Nutrients
Chewing our food does more than simply give us time to taste flavors. The more we chew our food, the more it’s broken down into elements we can absorb and use. When we swallow minimally chewed food, some of the nutrients and energy remains locked in—making it more difficult to enter our bodies.
Chewing Aids Digestion
When saliva mixes with the foods we eat, we begin to digest it before we even swallow it. This is because saliva contains digestive enzymes that begin breaking our food down right away. In addition, un-chewed pieces of food can cause digestive discomfort.
Chewing Gives Us Time To Notice We’re Full
Often, especially when we’re wolfing down our food, we eat more than we should before our body is able to give us the “full” notification. Eating slower can help us control our portions and feel more satisfied.
If Your Bite Is To Blame, Let’s Visit
If you’re not chewing your food properly, are your teeth to blame? Malocclusion (an uneven bite), tooth sensitivity, missing teeth, or poorly fitting dentures can all cause minimal chewing. You might swallow food down earlier because chewing is uncomfortable. You might even avoid certain healthy foods just because they require more chewing.
Breakdowns in our oral health start to affect our overall health. If your teeth aren’t doing their job helping you chew, digest, and absorb nutrition from your food, don’t ignore the problem. Talk with us about it. We can get your teeth back into shape so they can better do their job.
Thanks for your trust in our practice. We appreciate you!
One App to Keep You and Your Dentist Happy!
Develop and maintain good oral hygiene habits simply by using your smartphone! Plaque is soft, but it is a master of hide and seek, which is why is so important to devote a full two minutes every time you brush your teeth. Here are a couple of free dental apps for Android and Apple smartphones to make brushing teeth easier, educational, and fun!
An App to Help with Your Brushing Routine.
Developed by Dentist Ben Underwood, Brush DJ is a NHS approved app that helps you to brush your teeth for the complete two minutes to a random musical composition from your playlist. While you brush, Brush DJ is entertaining you with your favorite jams. The app additionally functions as a reminders to brush twice a day, floss, mouth rinse, and visit your Mesa Dentist, Dr. Gary Robison for your scheduled appointments.
An App to Teach You about Your Teeth.
Dental Expert is a patient’s guide to understanding dentistry procedures by offering a wealth of easy to navigate dental information. This app answers your most frequent questions about dentistry and includes tips on several dental-related topics, including what to do in a dental emergency, how to prevent bad breath, distinguish the myths from the fun facts, and how to care for your child’s teeth.
Apps are an ideal tool to raise awareness of most current dental advice and give non-threatening motivation to brush twice a day for the appropriate amount of time; however, with all this awesome assistance right at your fingertips, keep in mind that your smartphone can’t provide the same oral care that our professional Robison Dental Group team does! Apps provide support and motivation, but nothing compares to the critical one-on-one time with Mesa dentist, Dr. Gary Robison.
If you’ve used a dental app before, let us know about your experience! Take care of your healthy smile, and remember Dr. Gary Robison is always happy to help! Give us a call today at 480-924-2300