Why Preventative Dental Care is So Important
It’s estimated about 30 percent of dental patients nationwide have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. However, among Dr. Venincasa’s patients, we find periodontal disease among only ten percent of patients.
We work hard to help our patients keep current with their care. We take extra time to show our patients how to properly care for their teeth and gums. This personalized care enables us to individualize each patient’s preventive care, resulting in greater success preventing periodontal disease.
Our Oral Cancer Screening Program
More than 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. If untreated, it can be fatal. Late-stage treatments can result in disfigurement to the jaw and face, with some patients losing an eye or much of their jawbone.
Although oral cancer is frequently linked to tobacco use in patients over 40, data show oral cancer is increasing in younger adults, even those who do not use tobacco. Researchers are closely examining a possible link between oral cancer and the virus known as HPV.
Dr. Venincasa offers an oral cancer visual screening examination with each preventive visit. This can detect cancerous growths early and allow for prompt treatment.
We also offer all patients a VELscope cancer screening exam. VELscope is scientifically proven to be effective at detecting the existence of cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions before they are visually apparent. This enables Dr. Venincasa to detect cancerous lesions early, so any collateral damage can be minimized.
Steps to Protect Your Oral Health
Taking care of your overall health and well-being starts with your mouth!
It’s more than just brushing and flossing. To help ensure good oral health, see a dental hygienist for cleaning at least twice a year.
You or your dentist may notice issues with your gum tissue. Problems may include:
- Bleeding gums during brushing
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Puss between the teeth and gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of your dentures or partial dentures
Keep your dentist informed about any medications you are taking and any changes in your health history.
The Greatest Cause of Periodontal Disease
Genetics used to take a lot of blame for patients getting periodontal disease. Several of our patients told us they believed that because their parents had dentures by the age of 40 that they too would be destined for the same.
Scientific evidence shows us other factors are much more likely to contribute to oral health problems.
The most significant cause is tobacco use. Research proves smoking or chewing tobacco are the single-most detrimental factors affecting gingival health.
The other major contributing to oral health is quality of oral hygiene and care. This begins with regular, proper brushing and flossing, while avoiding sugary foods.