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Preventative care

Mouth Cancer Screening

Mouth cancer is a malignant growth which can occur in any part of the mouth – on the tongue, the lips and throat. Mouth cancers have a higher incidence than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma. The survival rate is just over 50%, despite treatment, with about 1,700 deaths per year. This is because of late detection which is why at Smiles Better we will carry out a thorough Mouth Cancer Screening at every six monthly examination.

Smoking

At present there are approximately 13 million adult smokers in the UK, 28% of the population. It is estimated that about 4 million smokers a year attempt to quit the habit but of these only about 5% succeed.

The damaging and harmful effects of tobacco on oral health and the mouth tissues are now well known namely:-
• An increase in the number of patients with periodontal (gum) disease
• The link between tobacco use of any kind with oral malignancies (cancer)

A smokers lifespan is shortened by about five minutes for each cigarette smoked – this is about the amount of time that is spent smoking a cigarette. On average those killed by smoking have lost 10-15 years of life (Royal College of physicians Tobacco Advisory Group 2000).

For more information please talk to a member of our team.

Fresh Breath

Halitosis simply means bad breath. It is a serious problem that can affect many people and ruin their self-esteem and social and professional life. An estimated 40 % of the population suffers from chronic halitosis at some time. Halitosis comes second only to body odour as a concern people have about themselves and others.

In addition to avoiding foods that cause bad breath, you can reduce the chances of suffering with halitosis by

• Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing at least once a day
• Brushing your tongue twice a day
• Visiting your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis
• Avoiding a ‘dry mouth’ (please see Smiles Better website page) by reducing caffeine intake and increasing water intake
• Eliminating tobacco products
• Removing dentures each night and cleaning them well

For more information please talk to a member of our team.

Dry Mouth

A dry mouth means you do not have enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. Everyone has experienced a dry mouth once in a while especially if you are nervous, upset or under stress. However, if you suffer with a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable making eating and speaking very difficult. Saliva is very important in the chewing and swallowing of food and it also protects the teeth as saliva neutralises the sugar acids that cause decay.

The only permanent way to cure dry mouth is to treat its cause. If your dry mouth is the result of medication your doctor may change you prescription or your dosage. If your salivary glands are not working properly but you still produce some saliva, your doctor may give you a medicine that helps the glands to work better.

For more information please talk to a member of our team.

TMJ

Many people who have TMJ don’t even realise what it is they are suffering from. One of the best ways to make it easier to bear is by doing jaw exercises for TMJ. Jaw exercises for TMJ do not take a long time but they can really help the discomfort.

Symptoms of TMJ include pain in the jaw or in the neck areas. You can’t move your jaw well because of stiffness. Your jaw locks up on you and often pops or clicks in the joint and your teeth don’t quite fit together like they used to. These symptoms are quite annoying as I’m sure that you are aware.

For more information please talk to a member of our team.

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