Frisco dentist explains how oral cancer is connected to your dental health?
Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers these days but has one of the lowest survival rates. The over-40 population, especially men, are more likely to develop oral cancer. For years now, there's been a link between gum disease and many systemic illnesses including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
At Legacy Ranch Dental, we know how important it is to develop great oral hygiene, but now, more than ever, great dental health might save your life. Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne says there's still research being done to find the exact link, but we know that bad bacteria, plaque and inflammation are involved. When the oral biofilm is disturbed, it produces pathogens which lead to bad bacteria which in turn can get into your blood and mess with your immune system.
How can you keep bad bacteria away and keep periodontal disease at bay?
The one thing you're very much in control of is your dental health. Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne reminds you that properly brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing thoroughly, all the way to the gum line is the best way to fight gum disease. At Legacy Ranch Dental, we recommend our patients visit us every six months so dentist Dr. Osborne can examine their dental health and maintain their health.
Smoking, a bad diet, even hormonal fluctuations can create plaque which can lead to gum disease. So at Legacy Ranch Dental we offer periodontal exams to cover all our bases. If you live in the Frisco, Texas area, you can visit Legacy Ranch Dental for a periodontal exam. Here's what we check for:
- Any lumps or abnormalities in the mouth
- Missing teeth
- The amount of plaque resting on the surface of your teeth
- The color and texture, size and shape of your gums
- The depth of the space between tooth and gum
If you live in the Frisco, Texas area, visit Legacy Ranch Dental for periodontal disease exams so you can know where your dental health stands. Dentist Dr. Osborne has extensive training and experience in gum disease treatment. He's earned his doctorate of dental surgery at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and has served on numerous boards of dental associations. Call (972) 908-5057 for your consultation today!