Monthly Archives: January 2014

Are You At Risk for Gum Disease?

A 30-year old man recently visited us for a personal consultation here at our Houston dental practice complaining of chronic bleeding gums. Upon examination, swelling is also apparent along the gum line.  An individualized treatment plan was formulated right away to correct the problem. So what exactly puts you at risk for gum disease?

The following factors can increase your risk of gum disease:

  • Age – The older you are, the greater chances of acquiring gum disease.
  • Tobacco use, particularly smoking
  • Genetics – It looks like gum disease runs in families thus the need for you see us if gum disease is a recurring problem amongst family members and relatives
  • Pregnancy, menopause, or use of contraceptives can result to hormonal shifts which in turn could result to signs of gum disease
  • Use of certain medications such as antidepressants, calcium-channel blockers, and cancer therapy drugs
  • Chronic exposure to stress
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Presence of underlying diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems

The sooner you treat gum disease, the greater your chances of having it treated with non-surgical options rather than the ones that involve extensive surgery. So don’t wait for the symptoms of advanced gum disease to materialize. Call us at (713) 330-7700 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!

Know the Symptoms of Oral Cancer

As dental experts, we at the Royal Dental USA facility have to emphasize that oral cancer is, in fact, a condition that we see happening more frequently, but that early detection is key to getting the disease under control. Catching the symptoms early on can be done with oral cancer screening in Houston using ViziLite Plus.

For those patients who do not have an idea of how to tell whether they may already be harboring symptoms of oral cancer, we put together this short guideline to assist you in doing so.

  • A lump is possibly the most widely recognizable cancer marker, oral or otherwise. If you notice a lump in the cheeks, or if you feel like your cheeks are thickening for no apparent reason, get immediate dental attention.
  • Red or white patches on the tongue, gums, tonsils or on the lining of the mouth
  • Mouth sores and other lesions usually clear up in a few days and are common with most environmental changes. If your lesions are persistent and do not heal within a couple of weeks, schedule an appointment.
  • Difficulty swallowing due to a sore throat or difficulty chewing because you are having trouble moving your jaws or your tongue
  • If you experience an unusual numbing of the tongue or other areas around the mouth
  • When you notice that your dentures are becoming increasingly ill-fitting because your jaws are starting to swell
  • If you experience a chronic scratchy or gravelly sensation in the throat that is not responding to typical methods of pain relief

Although these symptoms may look or feel like they could be minor and do not necessarily point to oral cancer, having them checked will be to your benefit. If you have any questions about your symptoms or if you want to schedule a personal appointment to rule out oral cancer, please feel free to call Royal Dental USA at 713-330-7700.

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