Food and beverages you consume throughout the day leave a film of sticky plaque on your teeth. This plaque can cause cavities and gum disease if you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly. Yet, brushing and flossing isn’t always enough to keep your teeth cavity-free and sparklingly white!
If plaque sits on your teeth for more than three to five days, it hardens and turns into calculus (tartar), which cannot be removed with brushing or flossing. The calculus on your teeth will then start to eat away at your enamel, causing cavities and irritating your gums. During regular cleanings at HollowBrook Dental, we scale away any calculus on your teeth and advise you on the best brushing, flossing, and rinsing techniques to keep your teeth sparkling and healthy.
If you brush and floss your teeth regularly, drink lots of water, and avoid sugary and starchy foods when you snack between meals, you might wonder why you need to visit the dentist for regular oral exams. After all, if you’re keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, what else do you need?
In addition to thoroughly cleaning your teeth and protecting them with fluoride treatments, our dentists also perform a full oral exam. With the best radiographic instruments in the field, as well as intra-oral cameras we detect tooth decay long before it becomes a problem.
During each oral examination, we screen for oral cancer. While these screenings cannot prevent cancer, they can detect it early for to expedite treatment for the best results possible.
Oral Cancer can be mistake for other ailments, such as a cold or the flu or even a toothache. If you have symptoms that persist more than a few weeks, it is important for you to visit your doctor.
Some symptoms that could be signs of Oral Cancer: