Many people are surprised to learn that cancer screening is a typical component of one’s regular dental checkup, especially for those over the age of 40. While most dentists don’t discuss this aspect of the checkup with their patients, dental professionals are trained to spot signs of oral cancer and their exams represent the first line of diagnostic defense against the disease. Your Marco Island dental professionals are no exception, so the next time you’re getting a checkup at Island Tower Dentistry know that their health care extends beyond just your teeth and gums.
Dentists believe that X-rays are indispensable to their diagnostic practices. You sometimes may find yourself wondering why your Marco Island dentist is requesting an X-ray as part of your oral exam.
Maintaining one's oral health represents a life-long commitment that becomes more important as we age. Older folks are more susceptible to common dental problems, which can become harder to maintain over time. Keeping a bright smile and healthy mouth as we grow older is worth the maintenance. Oral health is closely linked to one's overall health. Maintaining this positive relationship can be crucial to our wellbeing.
To most, the primary components of a great smile are brightness and symmetry—that is pearly white teeth that are not crooked or misaligned. However, the appearance and positioning of the gum line is often overlooked in the element of a smile. Gums that cover too much or too little of the teeth, and/or are unevenly positioned across their length can impact the overall aesthetics of your smile. For example, gums that cover too much of the teeth can make them look unusually small. Or, gums that do not cover enough can make the teeth appear unusually large and expose the teeth’s roots. Uneven gum lines can make the teeth appear uneven in length and individual teeth odd sized relative to the others.