Oral cancer detection
Oral cancer is a deadly disease which can manifest in various ways. Not knowing its early signs allows the disease to progress over time and become life threatening. Fortunately, early detection of this type of cancer can prevent many of its fatal complications.
Dentists use a VELscope cancer exam to detect the early signs and symptoms of oral cancer. This entirely pain-free and non-invasive examination lasts only a minute or two at most. This type of routine dental checkup involves the dentist shining a visible blue light into the oral cavity. This special light excites the oral tissue and causes it to fluoresce. This enhances the Downtown dentistry practitioner’s ability to recognize suspicious tissue that may require further examination.
Cavities, tartar, and plaque
No matter how diligent you are with your oral hygiene, there are still hard to reach areas in your mouth. The plaque in these areas will be missed with regular brushing and flossing. When plaque builds up, it hardens and turns into tartar. Once that happens, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of without the help of a professional.
Furthermore, if left unchecked by a dentist, tartar can erode teeth and develop into cavities. Fortunately, all these can be avoided with a routine dental check up. Also, keep in mind that a cleaning appointment with a Downtown dentistry clinic is more affordable than getting a filling.