Oral cancer may not receive the publicity of other, better known, cancers, but that doesn't mean that it's any less dangerous. In fact, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of skin cancer and cervical cancer. Clearly, oral cancer isn't a condition that can just be ignored.
The problem with oral cancer isn't just that it claims so many lives, however. The problem is that too often the signs and symptoms of oral cancer don't show up until after the disease has already progressed. This means that many St. Charles residents may be at risk for or even have oral cancer, but they aren't visiting their dentist, John M. Isbrandt D.D.S., P.C., for treatment because they don't know that they have it.
Symptoms of oral cancer typically include dry or irritated patches on the throat, difficulty swallowing, decreased ability to move the tongue, swelling, numbness and pain. If you notice any of these symptoms of oral cancer, you need to visit your St. Charles dentist for an oral cancer screening right away.
On the other hand, if you don't have any of the above symptoms, does that mean that you aren't at risk for the disease? Unfortunately, it does not. Oral cancer generally begins to spread before there are any symptoms at all. This makes catching the disease early difficult, but not impossible.
The best way to prevent oral cancer is by visiting your St. Charles dentist for cleanings and oral cancer screenings regularly. Generally, patients need a cleaning twice a year and an oral cancer screening once a year. The process is quick and non-invasive, and it is essential for catching the disease early, when treatment options and expected outcomes are at their best.
If it's been a while since your last visit to Dr. Isbrandt, today is the day to change that. Call and schedule an appointment for a routine cleaning and oral cancer screening today. Your health may just depend on it.
If your dentist has diagnosed you with periodontal disease, this information will walk you through the process of treating it.
Periodontitis is a chronic oral inflammatory disease characterized by swelling of the gums and density loss of the bones surrounding the teeth. It causes receding gums, bad breath, and can lead to tooth loss in its later stages. Severe gum disease has also been linked with other more serious vascular problems such as stroke, heart attack and hardening of the arteries. Therefore, it is imperative that its process is arrested through the following techniques:
A dental hygienist at your St Charles dentist office will begin treating the periodontal disease by removing hardened tartar, also called calculus, from your tooth surfaces. Calculus cannot be removed by conventional brushing or flossing. This is done through a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, which involves using hand-held instruments that scrape the calculus off the teeth and away from the gums. Mild discomfort is common during and after the procedure; numbing agents can be used to alleviate this.
The bacteria that causes periodontal disease is unable to survive in oxygenated environments. Hydrogen peroxide, administered on the gum line through a water pick at your dentist's office, thoroughly cleans the areas where calculus had previously formed. At home, brushing gently with a hydrogen peroxide solution will prevent the growth of these pathogens. Because periodontitis is a chronic disorder, diligent routine maintenance at home is essential for keeping it at bay.
Occasionally an oral antibiotic (doxycycline) is prescribed to inhibit bone and tissue loss. Its side effects are generally mild, making it a good choice in helping to eradicate the disease-causing bacteria.
In critically advanced cases, surgery may be the only option. These procedures may involve grafting tissue or bone.
Although periodontitis is a serious infection, it is treatable and largely preventable with proper oral hygiene. Your Kane County dentist will discuss the degree of your diagnosis with you and help to plan a course of action to treat it.
Dental implants have become more and more popular over the years. In 1952 a surgeon found that a piece of titanium metal incorporated itself into bone tissue and couldn’t be removed. This led to dental surgeons using titanium to replace teeth by setting the metal in the jawbone of the mouth. The technology has advanced since then, offering patients a viable and permanent tooth replacement solution. Learn how to take care of your dental implants after they’re placed by St. Charles dental implants Dr. John M. Isbrandt DDS.
Once they’ve healed, your dental implants are just like the rest of your rooted teeth. That means that you have to treat them with the same care and consideration as the rest of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice or more per day to remove food particles from the surface of your dental implant, but take extra care to brush around the area where the gum meets the artificial tooth. This will help remove bacteria that can lead to tooth loss.
Floss around Your Implants
In addition to brushing, it’s important to floss around your tooth implants at least once per day; preferably before bed. As is the case with your original teeth, plaque can form at the base of the tooth that could cause infections and gum disease. If you want to keep your new tooth for a lifetime, take special care to floss thoroughly.
Improve Your Diet
Another way that you can take good care of your St. Charles dental implants is to better your diet. Eat more healthy snacks like grapes, raisins, carrots, celery and whole grains. Improving your overall health will help keep your gums healthy and strong so that they can support the implants for a lifetime.
Schedule Regular Checkups with Dr. Isbrandt
Once you have your tooth replacements, it’s also important that you maintain regular dental appointments. Dr. Isbrandt can do a more thorough cleaning to ensure that the implants stay healthy. Schedule your next appointment with St. Charles dental implants Dr. John M. Isbrandt DDS by calling (630) 584-8787 or visit http://www.jisbrandtdds.com to request a time online.
Every year, millions of Americans experience a variety of accidents that leave their teeth chipped, fractured, or missing completely. The sad truth about tooth injury is that it can often lead to tooth decay, which is treated by extraction in a lot of cases.
Just because you’ve lost teeth to injury doesn’t mean you have to give up hope that you’ll ever smile again. New developments in dental medicine have made tooth restoration a staple in almost every dental practice in the country. Keep reading to learn more about dental implants and how they can change your smile—and your life—forever.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to talk with your dentist. However, there are a few things that factor into your chances of success with dental implants. The following attributes can greatly increase the likelihood that you will be a good candidate for dental implants.
- You are missing one or more permanent teeth.
- You are a non-smoker.
- You currently have no known tooth or gum disease.
Your dentist will also check to make sure you have sufficient bone growth in your jaw to be able to support an implant.
How Do Implants Work?
There are a variety of implant options available: single teeth, bridges, or even full dentures can be supported by implants. Your dentist can help you decide which type of implant will best suit your needs.
Dental implants are cylindrical posts usually made of titanium. These posts are surgically placed in the jawbone. As the bone heals from surgery, it will fuse to the implant, keeping it locked into place. After the site has completely healed, a permanent tooth prosthetic can be placed atop the implant and bonded with a special type of resin.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The benefits of dental implants are endless. Though implantation treatment can take several weeks to complete, it won’t negatively impact your everyday life. Most patients have reported minimal pain in the aftermath of the procedure and were able to eat, drink, talk, laugh, and smile without any problems.
To learn more about dental implants and other types of tooth restoration in the St. Charles, IL area, call (630) 584-8787 today!
You would be surprised how much sugar is actually hiding in some of your favorite, and most consumed foods.
The CDC has found that childhood obesity has more than doubled, and adolescent obesity has quadrupled over the past 30 years. Some of this is due to the shockingly high sugar intake. In fact, the average American consumes about three pounds of sugar each week. If this doesn’t make your jaw drop, we don’t know what will; however, while some of us may nix having candy and sugary snacks in the house, there is still an abundance of added sugar lurking in foods you consume each day. You may not even know it, but it’s important that you’re aware so you can steer clear from unnecessary sugar. Your St. Charles dentist is here to give you the lowdown on sugar consumption.
What is the proper daily allowance of sugar?
- Look for “carbs as sugars” on the label, as this will include both natural and added sugars. If the product is 5g per 100g, then sugar content is low. If the product is 15g per 100g, you’re looking at a high intake of sugar.
- Look for ingredients that end in ‘ose’ like glucose or fructose, as they are types of sugar. Also be on the lookout for honey, molasses, corn syrup and agave.
Remove Hidden Sugar Culprits
- Packaged and frozen foods, and even low fat and diet products can have a large amount of sugar and other unhealthy preserves to improve the flavor.
- Canned soups and sauces (tomato sauce)
- Fruit juice concentrates are often loaded with added sugars. If you must have your daily cup of orange juice, opt for the freshly squeezed bottle in your grocery store’s produce section. Also, stick to only one glass of fruit juice a day.
- Salad dressings
- Flavored yogurts
- Granola and other “to-go” bars
- Processed white breads
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John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
St. Charles, IL 60175