Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Biltmore Dental Center provides oral cancer screenings for all his patients, including those who are non-smokers. This is because oral cancer is becoming one of the fastest-growing types of cancers along with skin cancer. Early diagnosis is crucial to a more successful treatment, and at each evaluation, any signs of oral cancer are examined and biopsied as necessary.
A cavity is an area of tooth decay within a tooth. It is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth’s surfaces that can lead to the development of bacteria. This plaque is a result of foods and drinks that are left on the enamel of the teeth and allowed to harbor bacteria that multiplies into acids that break down the tooth enamel. This is how a cavity is formed.
Thankfully, cavities can be easily addressed and prevented. Prevention includes brushing and flossing after every meal while maintaining dental appointments, and if cavities arise, they can be easily repaired with dental fillings. However, large areas of decay may become a serious problem and can result in the need for further treatments such as placement of a dental crown, root canal therapy, or even permanent extraction.
Periodontal disease is a condition that affects approximately 80% of American adults. This may include the first stage of gum inflammation known as gingivitis to more serious stages of periodontal disease that can cause bone and tooth loss. Additionally, gum disease not only affects oral health but it has been linked to medical issues and inflammation elsewhere in the body as the bacteria is carried through the bloodstream.
Conditions that are often linked with infections of the mouth include:
- Respiratory Infections
- Severe Osteopenia
- Pre-term and Low Birth-weight Babies
Treatment Is Key
Seeking treatment with a dental professional at Biltmore Dental Center is the first step in improving oral health and wellness. Contact Biltmore Dental Center today to book an evaluation and initial cleaning to learn about the condition of your smile and what needs to be done to make it healthier and free from periodontal disease.