Seeing is Believing ……

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Did you get a chance to check out our new toy? Bikram Singh DMD recently invested into a new dental camera that can magnify the surface of your teeth and gums up to 25 times and let you see the inside your mouth in vivid detail. Using this camera, we can easily spot tooth defects and problems with your gums that might otherwise be a real challenge to see – even with the brightest overhead light.

This pen-sized camera is called an “intraoral” camera, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most talked about tools at our office. Why? Because this awesome little gizmo allows us to peer into the darkest recesses of your mouth to see things we just can’t see with the naked eye – or an X-ray, for that matter. Cracked and loose fillings “pop” out as if they’re right in front of your eyes, cavities can be seen up-close, hairline fractures become readily apparent, and your gums shine like never before … everything is magnified so we can catch problems early before they become expensive and painful.

Best of all, our new camera makes your visits faster and can allow you, for the first time, to see exactly what the doctor is talking about.

Curious to learn more? Just give us a call – or come by and say cheese!
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Protecting Yourself Against Oral Cancer

Protecting Yourself Against Oral Cancer

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If there were a quick and painless way to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try it? What if that person were you? The truth is, as uncomfortable as it may be to even think of the word “cancer,” thinking about it,and thus detecting it early, is the key to eradicating it. That’s why, if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you should schedule a visit. The oral exam that accompanies your cleaning is just one of the many things you can do to reduce your risk from this deadly form of cancer.

So, lets take a quick look at a few of the risk factors and symptoms and consider a few options you may have to help reduce risk. Keep in mind that no list is exhaustive, and to always share with your health care providers your concerns and strategies regarding your oral health.

Some risks:
Passing certain age thresholds and engaging in certain lifestyle habits can place you at increased risk for oral cancer. Likewise, men tend to have higher rates of oral cancers than do women. Here is the short list:

  • Patients age 40 and older (95% of all oral cancer cases)
  • Patients age 18-39 who use tobacco, are heavy drinkers, or may have a previously diagnosed oral HPV 16/18 infection.
  • Patients age 65 and older with the lifestyle risk factors described above
  • And, any patient with a history of oral cancer

Some warning signs:
If you experience any of the below symptoms lasting more than 7-10 days, please seek the advice of your doctor. Also, keep in mind that aside from an obviously sore throat, the below symptoms can present themselves in the absence of pain. Look out for changes that can be detected on the lips, inside the cheeks, palate, and gum tissue surrounding your teeth and tongue.

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

Reducing risk:
If you do not visit the dentist regularly, you are putting yourself at risk for missing your chance at early detection. Currently only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years – a statistic driven by late diagnosis – so please visit your dentist and get an oral exam at least once a year. If you are considered “high risk,” you should be receiving an oral exam at least every six months, if not more frequently.

Below is a short list of healthy habits you can start doing now, which may reduce your risk.

  • Avoid all tobacco products
  • Avoid or reduce your consumption of alcohol
  • Consume more fruits and vegetables (good for everything, of course.)
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure that can result in cancer of the lip
  • Avoid exposure to environmental hazards (wood dust, formaldehyde, printing chemicals)
  • Conduct a self-exam monthly so you can catch any of the symptoms listed above. Use a small hand-held mirror so you can see the back of your mouth and tongue
  • Consider coffee. While the jury is still out, some research suggests coffee may help protect the mouth from oral cancer.

Oral cancer is serious business. Yet, it can be managed when caught early. So, do the right thing and visit your dentist regularly, and get that screening.

Happy Father’s Day

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Hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day this weekend!

When a man trades in his first name in favor of being called Dad, his life changes forever. And to those who look up to him, this tiny little word has so much more meaning than the three letters could ever hope to contain.

This Father’s Day, we’d like to thank all of the father’s out there for something special.

It may seem rather insignificant to you, but to us, and the ones in your life who love you and look up to you, this little something special is larger than you can imagine. We’d like to thank you … for just being you. We wish you a truly wonderful Father’s Day.

From the entire team at Cary Dental Rejuvenation!

Oral Care: Causes of Toothaches, Their Treatment and Prevention

Toothache, also referred to as Dental Pain or Dentalgia, is the most common dental emergency. Toothache refers to the pain in the teeth and their supporting structures, which is triggered by dental diseases or pain referred to the teeth by non-dental diseases. What are the most common causes of Toothache? Toothache is a constantly throbbing pain and may be set off by certain foods or drinks. Apart from Tooth Decay, various other dental problems including the following can cause toothache: Tootheache treatment

  • Pulpitis (inflammation of pulp)
  • Dental Caries
  • Dental Trauma
  • Dentin Hypersensitivity
  • Tooth Abscess
  • Tooth fracture
  • A damaged filling
  • Infected Gums
  • Apical Periodontitis (inflammation of periodontal ligament and alveolar bone)
  • Alveolar Osteitis
  • Trench Mouth ( a gum infection)
  • Dyspepsia
  • Acute Pericoronitis of Lower Wisdom Tooth

How can Toothache be treated? The kind of treatment you receive largely depends upon the cause of your toothache. Dentists, after making a complete oral examination may suggest the following treatments:

  • If toothache is due to cavity, dentists may fill the cavity or extract your tooth.
  • If loose or broken filling is causing the problem, the dentist may put new filling in the place after clearing out the decayed or the broken one.
  • Root canal treatment may be suggested for treating the infected gums.
  • Pain medicines or antibiotics may be prescribed to speed up healing.
  • Treatment of TMJ may involve surgery, stress minimizing techniques and mouth guard to check the tooth grinding.
  • To lessen the pain and inflammation associated with toothache, Phototherapy with cold laser may be used.

How to prevent Toothaches? Toothaches can be prevented by strictly following a hygienic oral regime and by keeping your gums and teeth as healthy as possible. For healthy gums and teeth, you need to follow the below listed practices:

  • Brush your teeth at least  twice a day with a fluoride containing toothpaste
  • Floss at least for once in a day to clean between your teeth
  • Visit your dentists for regular and scheduled dental check-ups and professional cleanings
  • Eat healthy diet; consume less sugary foods and drinks
  • Do not smoke, as smoking can worsen certain dental problems

Contact Dr. Bikram Singh DMD for the professional and state-of-art treatment of acute and chronic dental problems. We not only provide treatment for the current ailments but also educate you by providing oral hygiene instructions that help you to check the recurrence of dental problems.

Women’s Oral Health

How do the Hormonal Fluctuations in Women affect their Oral Health?

It is an established and well-known fact that women experience mood swings due to the hormonal changes at different stages of life. But these hormonal changes related with the puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause affect their oral health also and make them more susceptible to dental problems at certain stages of their life.

At which stages, do the women become more susceptible to oral health problems?

In a woman’s life, there are five main situations when the hormonal variations make them more prone to oral diseases. They are:

  • Puberty: During the puberty, an increase in the production of women hormones viz. estrogen and progesterone is noted. This increases the blood flow to gums and alter the ways the gum tissues react to the bacterial plaque; thus resulting in reddened, swelled and bleeding gum tissues.
  • Monthly Menstrual Cycle: Hormonal variations during the menstrual cycle lead to oral health problems like; red, swollen and bleeding gums, swollen salivary glands, canker sores and gingivitis.
  • Pregnancy: The considerable changes in the hormonal level during pregnancy lead to gum diseases or gingival inflammation known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” At times, these changes heighten the inflammation so much so that it becomes localized and presents itself as a sore known as “pregnancy tumor.”
  • Oral Contraceptives: Women taking birth control pills may develop gingivitis. It happens because these pills contain progesterone and they increase the level of that hormone in the body leading to inflamed gum tissue.
  • Menopause: Due to menopause, levels of estrogen and progesterone decrease in the blood stream. Numerous oral changes can occur including; altered taste, discomfort in the mouth, pain and burning sensation, sensitivity to hot and cold beverages, tooth decay, gum diseases and loss of jaw bone due to osteoporosis.

Which preventive measures should women take to prevent these oral health related issues?

Visiting your dentists regularly and by following the below mentioned measures women can prevent these oral problems that they have to face at the certain stages of their life:

  • Observe a good oral hygiene; i.e. brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride containing tooth paste and floss at least once in a day.
  • Pregnant women should consult their dentists regarding nutritional counseling and should observe strict plaque controlling measures.
  • If you are pregnant and suffer from morning sickness, then rinse your mouth immediately after every vomiting.
  • Women experiencing dry mouth during pregnancy and menopause should drink lots of water and chew sugar less gum or candy.
  • To treat oral contraceptives related gingivitis, women should visit their dentists for professional cleanings.
  • During the menopause, visit your dentist twice a year for oral examination and cleaning.
  • Eat a well balanced diet.
  • Avoid sugary and starchy food.

Contact Dr. Bikram Singh DMD for any of your oral health related issues. We use state of the art technology to diagnose and treat your oral problems and help you to attain and sustain a pearly white smile.