Oral Care for Cancer Patients

  • By Joel Snyder
  • 20 Jun, 2017

Oral Care: Before, During and After Chemotherapyand/or Head and Neck Radiation Therapy

Oral Complications of Cancer Therapy
Over the years, I have treated family and friends going through cancer therapy. The symptoms
and side effects of the disease and its treatment can cause physical and oral changes that affect
how you feel and live. The following information is meant for these patients with head and neck
cancer and their caregivers understand and cope with the management of their oral care.

You are welcome to request my whitepaper for more information, call for consultation, or schedule a pre-treatment examination.
---Katharine Jones DDS
By Danielle Burgess 26 Jul, 2017
Working a high powered job, dental care can is not only time consuming but also embarrassing. After all, 74% of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt their careers. But with concierge dentistry, you can receive all the dentistry you need, both general and cosmetic dentistry in a condensed time span.

But what is concierge dentistry, and what are the benefits? This post is designed to give you a general understanding of what concierge dentistry is and how it can help you maintain your confidence that allowed you to go so far in your career.

Full-Service Dentistry
Concierge dentistry is about providing you the dental care you need in a manner that is expedient and convenient. That means that those who specialize in concierge dentistry must have a deep understanding of both general dentistry and cosmetic practices.

This allows you to condense the number of dental visits because regardless of whether you are getting dental implants or having your teeth whitened, you only have one dental office to schedule through.

More Attentive Care
When it comes to your time, concierge dental groups understand how important it is. Since these services take on fewer clients, they are able to give you a greater level of care, meaning that they can accomplish more in one appointment than many dental offices can in three.

The difference in your schedule can be huge. Instead of taking an hour off two or three times a month to see to all your dental needs, you can take off one chunk of time and rest assured that your needs will be met.

Renewed Confidence
High powered jobs are highly visible jobs. That means that you are constantly needing to look your best. Stains on your teeth or a gap can do a great deal to undermine your sense of confidence.

The professionals at a concierge dentist office will go above and beyond to address your every concern and have you feeling self-assured again in no time.

Whether you are a CEO or the head of public relations, it can be hard to juggle your dentistry needs and your busy schedule. Concierge dentistry offers you a personalized service that will handle your dental care needs quickly so you can get back to doing what you do best.
By Joel Snyder 20 Jun, 2017
Over the years, I have treated family and friends going through cancer therapy. The symptoms
and side effects of the disease and its treatment can cause physical and oral changes that affect
how you feel and live. The following information is meant for these patients with head and neck
cancer and their caregivers understand and cope with the management of their oral care.

You are welcome to request my whitepaper for more information, call for consultation, or schedule a pre-treatment examination.
---Katharine Jones DDS
By Danielle Burgess 09 Jun, 2017
A person's dazzling smile can provide a lasting impression. Having yellow teeth, missing teeth, or tooth decay can also leave a lasting impression, but not in the way you want it to. 3 million people have dental implants and that number is growing by five hundred thousand a year! Opting for teeth implants not only improve your overall appearance but they can also provide improved speech, self-esteem, ease with eating, and improved oral health. Finding a dental office that has the experience, reputation, and dentists with the expertise needed for this procedure is a must! When you find a dental office that has these qualifications make sure you know what to expect, and go in prepared with questions and concerns. 

Here is a quick dental implants 101 lesson to get you started!

What are dental implants exactly? The definition (according to WEBMD) is: "Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth." A dental implant is made to look, feel, fit and function like a natural tooth when implanted by an experienced cosmetic dentist. To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation with your dentist is needed. During this appointment, your teeth and gums will be thoroughly examined and evaluated. Anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Smokers have a high risk of an unsuccessful implant, so if you're not willing to quit you may want to consider other options. Also, if you have any oral health issues unrelated to the missing teeth, decay or gum disease, they will need to be taken care of first as they can make treatment less effective in the long run. 

The most common dental implant is Osseointegration. This is a process in which the dental implant anchors to the jaw bone. It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to anchor and heal, and can also be performed in one sitting. Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved especially with local anesthesia. WEBMD states that "patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction." Once the implant is in, the soreness can be taken care of with an over the counter medication. It is recommended that 5-7 days after surgery, your diet should be restricted to soft foods only. If stitches are present, they may need to be removed at the dentist office during a follow up visit. 

Dental implants are extremely durable and while they may need periodic adjustments they can last a lifetime. It is even the preferred option over dentures or a tooth supported bridge. Once you have found your preferred dental office be sure to inquire about the types of dental implants, the aftercare needed (it is based on the individual), and whether or not you're eligible! It is a life changing procedure that can change your smile and self-esteem forever! Now that you know the dental implant basics, what are you waiting for?
By Joel Snyder 13 Apr, 2017

Many people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even lost teeth. But are you aware that failing to brush or visit the dentist regularly also can lead to more serious health issues? According to Colgate, recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections, particularly gum disease, and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth.

A healthy mouth is good for more than just a pretty smile. Oral health can affect the entire body, making dental care more than just a cosmetic concern.

Many people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even lost teeth. But are you aware that failing to brush or visit the dentist regularly also can lead to more serious health issues? According to Colgate, recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections, particularly gum disease, and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth. Gum disease also may make diabetes more difficult to control, since infections may cause insulin resistance and disrupt blood sugar.

Your mouth also can serve as an infection source elsewhere in the body. Bacteria from your mouth can enter the bloodstream through infection sites in the gums. If your immune system is healthy, there should not be any adverse effects. However, if your immune system is compromised, these bacteria can flow to other areas of the body where they can cause infection. An example of this is oral bacteria sticking to the lining of diseased heart valves.

Other links have been found between oral health and overall health. In 2010, researchers from New York University who reviewed 20 years of data on the association concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the UK also found a correlation. Analysis showed that a bacterium called "Porphyromonas gingivalis" was present in brains of those with Alzheimer's disease but not in the samples from the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer's. The P. gingivalis bacterium is usually associated with chronic gum disease and not dementia.

Researchers also have found a possible link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Harvard researchers found that men with a history of gum disease had a 64 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer compared with men who had never had gum disease, based on studies of men from 1986 through 2007.

While oral health issues may lead to other conditions over time, symptoms also may be indicative of underlying conditions of which a person is unaware. Inflammation of gum tissue may be a warning sign of diabetes. Oral problems, such as lesions in the mouth, may indicate the presence of HIV/AIDS. Dentists may be the first people to diagnose illnesses patients don't even know they have.

An important step in maintaining good overall health is to include dental care in your list of preventative measures. Visit the dentist for biannual cleanings or as determined by the doctor. Do not ignore any abnormalities in the mouth. Maintain good oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once per day. Mouthwashes and rinses also may help keep teeth and gums healthy.

Oral health and other systems of the body seem to be linked. Taking care of your teeth promotes overall health. 

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