In this online age, most people won’t hesitate to research the Internet or get a second opinion for car repairs or a medical condition. But when it comes to dental work – Americans have confidence in their dentists and RARELY seek a second opinion.
A poll conducted on behalf of Align Technology shows that only 6% of the population would adamantly seek a second opinion.
The poll revealed that 70% of respondents would seek a second opinion for a major home repair and/or improvement, more than half would for a major car repair, and 30% would for personal electronics repair, according to a press release.
Trust in their current doctor or dentist is a major reason why respondents said they would not seek a second opinion.
>> Less than 25% said they would get a second opinion for teeth straightening.
>> 10% for oral procedures such as a root canal.
The poll was conducted in the summer of 2013 and reinforces the notion that you can trust THE SCIENCE OF SMILES. Together we make up a highly skilled team of dental health professionals dedicated to YOUR HEALTH.
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We know that lifestyle changes – such as quitting smoking – may help prevent oral cancer. But now, research shows a certain diet – one that rich is in fruits and vegetables – may prevent oral cancer as well.
The theory is that plant-based diets – with limited consumption of meat – give us compounds that may be protective against cancer. The most important compounds are Vitamin C and E – which have antioxidant properties known to reduce our exposure to free radicals of oxygen. Fruits – especially berries and citric fruit – are especially powerful in protecting us against oral cancer. In the vegetable category, cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts are the most beneficial.
Prevention is key!
Oral cancer is very preventable. Dentists, like myself, can check for signs at regular dental appointments. People who indulge in the following habits can also make lifestyle and personal changes that may prevent oral cancer.
- Tobacco use or have a history of tobacco use
- High alcohol consumption
It’s also important to note the growing body of data that highlights beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and vitamin D for preventing periodontal disease – or gum disease – in women. Stay tuned for more information on that.
Meantime, is it time to schedule your next dental appointment? Contact us today.
Many people hear the words periodontal disease and don’t pay much mind. They think periodontal disease – or gum disease – is a minor condition that doesn’t deserve much attention or aggressive treatment. Unfortunately, this is far from true.
Periodontal disease has the potential to take a dramatic toll on your quality of life. According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology (July 29, 2013), the effect of periodontal disease experience on quality of life is “considerable.”
Swedish researchers found that those who have rampant periodontal disease report severe oral health problems – including physical limitations as well as social and psychological problems. In some case, researchers report that some people have difficulty pronouncing words and experienced a decline in tasting the flavor of and eating foods.
In addition, sufferers of periodontal disease report feeling insecure, tense, embarrassed, and irritated. They also may find it difficult to relax.
Typical symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem. It’s important if you suspect you have a problem inside your mouth to contact a dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. As research now shows, periodontal disease should not be ignored.