5 Myths About Mouth Cancer

Female Hygienist Performing Dental Screening Atlanta GAOral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and pharynx (throat). Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about this type of cancer. Here are 5 myths and facts to set the record straight.

Myth #1: Oral cancer is not serious.

Fact: Oral cancer is easily treated at its beginning stages. However, if the disease is not detected early, it can be fatal. In fact, oral cancer is one of the deadliest diseases of the mouth.

Myth #2: Oral cancer is rare.

Fact: More people in the U.S. were diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2017 than cancers of the cervix or stomach, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Myth #3: Oral cancer is not a concern for young people.

Fact: It is true that the risk for oral cancer risk increases with age (especially after age 50). However, not all forms of mouth cancer are linked to age. Due to the recently discovered link between oral cancer and sexually transmitted forms of the human papillomavirus (HPV), there are an increasing number of younger patients being diagnosed.

Myth #4: Oral cancer only affects smokers.

Fact: While tobacco use is a primary culprit for oral cancer, it is not the only way you can get oral cancer. Drinking alcohol, HPV, sun exposure and even genetics are considered risk factors.

Myth #5: Oral cancer screenings are only for high-risk patients.

Fact: Oral cancer screenings are a standard part of all routine dental exams for adults. At Pure Dental Health, we use modern techniques to examine the entire oral cavity for signs of oral cancer, which includes investigating any unusual sores, lumps or discoloration in the mouth, tongue, lips or throat. Don’t worry; oral cancer screenings are non-invasive and painless. Most importantly, they could save your life!

Have you been checked for oral cancer this year? Schedule your routine dental exam at Pure Dental Health in Atlanta.

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Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Could A Night Guard Be the Solution to Your Migraines?

Man Putting in His Mouthguard Atlanta GADo you catch yourself clenching your teeth during the day? Have others told you that your grind your teeth while you sleep? This is called bruxism, and it may be the reason you are suffering from daily headaches or migraines.

Clenching and grinding puts hundreds of pounds of pressure on tooth surfaces. Typically, chewing exerts 20 to 40 pounds on the teeth, but the pressure from grinding can be 250 pounds, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. This excessive pressure doesn’t occur without consequences. Not only can bruxism lead to worn out teeth and TMJ discomfort, but the tension is also a leading cause for headaches. Your teeth are connected to your jaw, and your jaw is connected to your skull. If your clenching and grinding occurs over a significant period of time (such as all night), the pressure and pain can spread beyond your teeth and jaw joint to include your ears, neck and head.

Causes of Nocturnal Bruxism

While many people clench their teeth and jaw during the day, such as while they are stressed, concentrating or exercising, most bruxism sufferers perform this involuntary habit while they sleep. This is referred to as nocturnal bruxism, which can occur as a result of one of the following factors:

• Stress and anxiety
• Misaligned teeth
• Sleep disorder
• Medication side effect
• Excessive alcohol and drug use

The NTI Night Guard May Relieve Your Daily Headaches

The presence of tension headaches and daily migraines can be a real threat to your quality of life. If you’ve tried other headache remedies and failed to find relief, it may be time to look to your dentist for answers. At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to offer one of the most proven systems for bruxism-related headaches.

Our practice uses an FDA approved therapy called the NTI night guard system. The NTI night guard is much smaller than a typical night guard, which reduces the common concern that it will be uncomfortable to wear through the night. In addition to migraines, the NTI guard also helps with TMJ disorders, muscle pain, ear aches and muscle spasms.

To learn more about addressing your headaches with the NTI night guard system, call Pure Dental Health today!

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Toothpaste: Should You Go All-Natural?

Toothpaste on a ToothbrushDo you prefer organic foods? What about all-natural products for your skin care or household cleaning products? If chemical-free, organic products are important to you, then you are highly likely to also see the value in using an all-natural toothpaste – after all, your toothpaste is a product you put in your mouth, not just on your skin or hardwood floors.

What is organic toothpaste?

Organic toothpaste is most commonly referred to as “all-natural toothpaste.” It means that it contains nature’s own ingredients to fight bacteria, scrub away stains and freshen breath. Many conventional toothpastes have chemicals or synthetic filler products to clean the teeth, some of which are simply added just to create some suds or foam during your brushing session. An all-natural toothpaste typically contains herbs, essential oils and natural sweeteners. Considering you use your toothpaste twice a day, it may be important for you that it contains xylitol or stevia instead of saccharin and other artificial ingredients.

Is an all-natural toothpaste just as effective?

Yes! Contrary to popular belief, using an all-natural toothpaste can be equally effective at fighting decay, bad breath, gum disease and staining. You’ll be surprised at how powerful some of nature’s ingredients can be.

What about fluoride?

Fluoride is a key component of optimal oral health, and most patients get it through their toothpaste. However, some people get enough fluoride in their drinking water or other sources. While many all-natural toothpastes don’t contain fluoride, there are some that do. So you don’t have to make the choice between going organic and getting fluoride!

What are other non-dental benefits?

Another less discussed advantage of choosing an all-natural toothpaste involves animal testing. Most organic toothpaste manufacturers take a strong stance against testing the product on animals. In addition, organic toothpastes are free of dyes. They tend to be a tooth-colored white instead of blue or pink for a more purely formulated product. If animal testing and extra dyes makes you cringe, you may feel better about switching out your conventional toothpaste for an all-natural brand.

Need more help on choosing the best toothpaste for your unique smile? Contact Pure Dental Health. We treat every patient with the individualized dental care plan they deserve, which includes helping you find all-natural products for your teeth if that is important to you.

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Fluoride Treatments for Adults: Who Can Benefit?

Atlanta GA Dentist Office in BuckheadWhile you may be familiar with fluoride as it relates to children’s dentistry, you should know that the importance of fluoride for your smile spans all ages. Fluoride is a key mineral in keeping your teeth strong and healthy, as it targets the outer enamel layer of your teeth. This layer is what protects your teeth from pain, infection and decay.

Fluoride is known for its ability to naturally make your teeth more resistant to cavities. This earth mineral acts as a shield to ward off harmful bacteria from penetrating and harming your teeth. In pediatric dentistry, fluoride treatments are common practice. Statistics show that young patients that receive fluoride treatments are 40% less likely to get cavities! But what about adults? Can they benefit from fluoride in the same way?

Ideal Adult Candidates for Fluoride Treatments

Patients of all ages and walks of life can benefit from fluoride. However, there are certain groups of adults who are ideal candidates for getting fluoride treatments or supplements from their dentist. If you have one of the following that makes you especially prone to cavities, fluoride treatment can help protect your smile:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Braces
  • Gum Disease
  • History of cavities

There’s no shame in admitting that your smile needs some extra help to stay healthy. Fluoride treatments are an easy, affordable and painless way to protect your teeth. Many of the above-listed conditions are out of your control. For example, you may need a certain medication that gives you dry mouth or you may have metal braces that make it harder to keep your teeth clean. Fluoride treatment can help bridge the gap.

Fluoride can be applied to your teeth in a quick in-office procedure that requires no anesthetic. However, adults may also elect fluoride supplements. Finally, you can increase your fluoride consumption by drinking more tap water instead of bottled water. Most importantly, make sure you are using a fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth every day.

For additional help on finding a fluoride source to benefit your dental health, please let us know. At Pure Dental Health, we recognize the importance of fluoride and proudly offer fluoride treatments for children, teens and adults!

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Stop Masking Your Bad Breath

Atlanta GA Dentist That Treats Bad BreathAre you constantly popping a mint or chewing gum in your mouth to cover up bad breath? That’s exactly what you are doing, “covering it up.” While it is normal to have a bad breath odor after eating garlic or onions, chronic bad breath needs to be addressed. Halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, is something your dentist can likely treat. Not only can halitosis be a threat to your social life and self-esteem, it could be a warning sign that something needs attention within your oral health.

Bad breath is often caused when there is an excessive amount of oral bacteria. Bacteria feeds on plague and food particles left in the mouth, and it releases foul-smelling sulfur compounds in the process. Therefore, the first weapon against bad breath is a cleaner mouth, which starts with proper brushing and flossing habits. If you are skipping your tongue when you brush, you are leaving millions of bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria love the moist and dark grooves that are found on the surface of your tongue!

If you feel like you are on top of your oral hygiene game and still dealing with chronic bad breath, it’s time to dig deeper in your investigation. There are several culprits to bad breath, and determining the cause of your halitosis is the key to fresh breath.

Could your foul breath odor be triggered by the following?

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Sinus infection
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease

With such an expansive range of culprits, you’ll need a dentist’s help in determining why you can’t achieve fresh breath. While dry mouth may be a side effect of a medication you are taking, it could also be contributing to your bad breath and there are products a dentist can recommend to boost your saliva production. If your bad breath is caused from gum disease or a cavity, it won’t get better on its own. In fact, the health of your smile is at stake if you don’t receive proper treatment.

Before you resort to breath spray or stuff extra peppermints in your pockets, consider discussing your bad breath problem with a dental professional. At Pure Dental Health, we proudly offer halitosis treatment to patients of all ages – and yes, kids can have chronic bad breath too! Let us restore your smile confidence by eliminating your bad breath with a proven, long-term treatment plan. Call now to schedule your appointment in Buckhead.

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Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642