Oral Cancer?

Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer can start as a tiny red or white spot anywhere in the mouth including the tongue, hard or soft palate, gum tissue, lips or cheek. Oral cancer most often occurs in patients who use tobacco in any form. Long term use of tobacco and alcohol increases your risk of developing oral cancer.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

*A sore that does not heal or bleeds easily *Pain and/or tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips that does not go away. *A persistent lump or thickening in the cheek. *A change in the way your teeth fit together for more than a few days. *A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the back of your throat. *Difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking or any difficulty moving the jaw or tongue. *Swelling in the mouth or jaw that causes dentures or partials to fit poorly or become uncomfortable. *Loosening of the teeth or pain around the teeth or jaw. *Voice Changes. *A lump or mass in the neck. *Weight loss. *Persistent bad breath.

Many of these signs and symptoms could also be caused by other less serious or benign problems. *** It is very important to see your Physician or Dentist if any of the above sign/symptoms are present and last more than 2 weeks.***

Prevention of Oral Cancer:

*Limit smoking and drinking alcohol. *Limit your exposure to UV light and use a chapstick with sunscreen. *Eat a healthy diet with lots of food from plant sources. *Wear properly fitting dentures and partials.

For more information check out the American Dental Association’s Website: www.ada.org

1900 Division St. #2 Bemidji, MN 56601 218-333-8832 NEW PATIENTS WELCOME!!! divdental@paulbunyan.net

Do I Need Antibiotics Before My Appointment?

Antibiotics Before a Dental Appointment

Patients with certain heart conditions or artificial joints may be at risk of developing an infection in their heart or joint. Antibiotics before dental appointments decrease this risk. This is called Antibiotic Prophylaxis.

When treating patients with heart conditions or artificial joints dentists follow recommendations developed by the American Heart Association(AHA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons(AAOS). These recommendations are meant to reduce the risk of developing infections in the lining inside the heart or heart valves(called ‘Infective Endocarditis’) or the artificial joint.

Recently, through research, the AHA found that fewer conditions than thought before were associated with Infective Endocarditis. Because of this, some patients who used to take antibiotics before dental procedures no longer need to. These conditions that DO NOT require antibiotics before dental appointments are:

*Mitral Valve Prolapse *Rheumatic Heart Disease *Bicuspid Valve Disease *Calcified Aortic Stenosis *Congenital Heart Conditions(atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)

Conditions that DO STILL require antibiotics before dental treatment are:

*Artificial Heart Valves *Cardiac Transplant that develops a Valve Problem *A History of Infective Endocarditis *Certain Congenital Heart Conditions(repaired congenital defect with residual defect or prosthetic patch or device, un-repaired cyanotic congenital heart disease including those with palliative shunts and conduits) *Total Joint Replacements

***There may be other conditions that require a patient to take antibiotics before dental appointments. It is always beneficial to review your medical history with your dentist before any procedure and to contact your dentist or your medical doctor if you have any questions or concerns.***

For more information check out the American Dental Association’s Website: www.ada.org

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

NEW PATIENTS WELCOME!!! divdental@paulbunyan.net