- Gums bleed easily
- Gums are very red, tender and / or swollen
- Pus in between your teeth and gums when they are pressed
- Gums seem to be pulling away from your teeth
- A change in your bite or in the way your teeth fit together
- Teeth are loose or separating
- The fit of your partials or dentures have changed
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Of those, only slightly more than half will live another five years.
Oral cancer has such a low survival rate because it’s usually not detected until very late in its progression.
Early Detection is Key
Early oral cancer detection can significantly boost survival rates. One of the reasons oral cancer goes undetected is because many of the symptoms are not painful. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please let us know right away:
- A lump or thickening of your cheek
- A white or red patch on any part of your inner mouth or throat
- A sore inside your mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks
- Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
- Numbness inside your mouth
- Chronic difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Jaw swelling
Oral cancer can affect anybody, but the following have proven to be common risk factors:
- Smoking and second-hand smoke
- Chewing or smokeless tobacco
- Poor diet
Keep Scheduled Appointments
Keeping regularly scheduled appointments and screenings greatly increases the likelihood that any problems will be detected early.
Capitol Periodontal Group Partners with American Academy of Periodontology on ‘Love the Gums You’re With’ Campaign
Capitol Periodontal Group is proud to be an official partner of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of gum disease. With one in every two adults age 30 and older suffering from periodontal disease (commonly referred to as gum disease), Capitol Periodontal Group and the AAP are calling for Americans to Love the Gums They’re With.
Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, bone damage, loss of teeth, and can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is hardly ever discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency for people to properly care for their gums. Simple steps like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from a periodontist can help detect and prevent gum disease.
“The potential repercussions of periodontal disease on an individual’s oral and physical well-being is a very serious – but often overlooked – health issue,” said Robin Berrin, DDS, Capitol Periodontal Group. “With more Americans suffering from this disease than diabetes, the AAP created ‘Love the Gums You’re With’ to educate the public on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease. We are proud to partner with them to help share this important information.”
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that, if left untreated, may cause damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64.7 million Americans are affected by periodontal disease. In addition to diabetes, periodontal disease has been linked to other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.
To aid in the prevention of periodontal disease, all Capitol Periodontal Group doctors recommend establishing good oral hygiene habits including brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and discussing gum health with a dental professional. Each patient is unique, and a dental professional can make a referral to a periodontist — a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease — for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation and specialized periodontal treatment plan to help support a life-long commitment to healthy gums.
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