Are you or a loved one currently pregnant or considering becoming pregnant? Congratulations! Since May is the month of Mother’s Day, we wanted to share some vital information.
Pregnant women experience major hormonal changes. For some, the mouth may be affected, causing what is known as “pregnancy periodontal disease.” Even those with great oral hygiene habits can be affected by this inflammation of the gums that causes swelling, tenderness, and sometimes minor bleeding of the gums during brushing or flossing. Research has shown a connection between periodontal disease and pre-term low birth weight babies. Before and during pregnancy, it is important to practice optimal oral health.
Pregnant woman may also have increased risk of tooth decay. Morning sickness, in particular, can cause increased acid exposure in your mouth, which can eat away at the strong, white protective layer called enamel. The American Dental Association recommends that if you are having frequent vomiting from morning sickness, rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to neutralize the stomach acid on your teeth.
While you are pregnant, be sure to continue following great oral hygiene habits and keep your regularly scheduled dental appointments. We may recommend increasing frequency of professional cleanings and exams during your pregnancy to help counter these effects.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns involving your oral health. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Did you know that regular screening can allow Dr. Uhland to identify and treat oral cancers even before you develop any symptoms? In an oral cancer screening, Dr. Uhland will use hisexpert training and technology to check your mouth for any abnormal or potentially pre-cancerous cells, as well as any actual cancerous growths. Once identified, Dr. Uhlandmay recommend a biopsy to be certain whether cancer is present.
Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, can occur in any part of the mouth, such as in the lips or gums, the surface of the tongue, or the roof and floor of the mouth. A person suffering from oral cancer may experience mouth ulcers, swelling, lumping or thickening of the skin in any part of the mouth, or patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue. Pain in swallowing, jaw pain or stiffness, sore throat and loosening of teeth are also symptoms of oral cancer.
Oral cancer is typically caused by unhealthy habits such as smoking, chewing, or sniffing tobacco, consuming alcohol, unhealthy diet, or excessive exposure to sun and certain chemicals. People with GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) digestive condition and those who have undergone radiation treatments of the head or neck areas are also at a high risk for developing oral cancer.
Oral cancer can be diagnosed by various examinations such as biopsy, endoscopy, or imaging tests. If found, receiving proper treatment is imperative. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 9,570 people will die of oral cancers this year alone. That’s about one person every hour!Let us help you prevent oral cancer by scheduling an oral cancer screening.
As with any form of cancer, early detection and treatment plays an essential role in ensuring that oral cancer can be stopped before it fully takes hold. For more information or to schedule an oral cancer screening, please call Thometz & Uhland Orthodontics today.
Did you know that crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease? See below for information on how crooked teeth can impact oral health. Please contact our office to schedule your next orthodontic appointment.
Northbrook and Glenview orthodontist, Dr. Uhland, sits down and discusses “What is Orthodontics?”
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities. Orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children, and at Thometz and Uhland Orthodontics we can treat children, teens and adults.
At Thometz & Uhland Orthodontics, most of our patients will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The purpose of rubber bands is to correct an overbite or underbite. If your teeth do not fit properly, Dr. Thometz and Dr. Uhland may recommend you wear rubber bands during treatment.
Here are some tips for wearing rubber bands:
Use the correct rubber bands. Rubber bands come in different diameters and elastic strengths. We will provide you with specific rubber bands that fit the needs of your smile. Make sure you use the ones given by us in order for your jaw to move into place properly.
Wear them for the right amount of time. Be sure to wear your rubber bands for the appropriate amount of time that is prescribed by our orthodontists. Depending on our instructions, you may need to wear your rubber bands all the time or part-time, like during the day or during sleep. If you don’t wear them as prescribed, your jaw and teeth can start moving back to original positions, which can prolong treatment time.
Wear them appropriately. Patients have been known to double up on rubber bands thinking that it will make their teeth move faster. However, this can create more problems with your jaw and teeth. Also, do not wear rubber bands longer than instructed. Over time, the rubber bands will begin to lose their elasticity, which can affect treatment.
If you have any questions about orthodontic rubber bands, be sure to contact our Northbrook orthodontists. Wearing rubber bands is an important process during your treatment, and can reduce the time you have your braces.