Why We Recommend Oral Cancer Screenings

Why We Recommend Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer affects over 200,000 Americans every year. Among these people include members of our community, including some of our own patients.

We consider our patients to be friends and family and we want you to live healthy and happy lives.

This is why we are excited to be able to offer Oral Cancer Screening in Plano, TX using the latest technology to our patients and community.

We have offered oral cancer screenings at yearly exam visits for over 20 years now. The challenge has always been to be able to detect oral cancer fast enough. Oral cancer can grow at a rapid rate. The earlier the detection, the better the likelihood of a successful treatment.

Today, we use a proven, optically based method of detection called, “fluorescence technology.” The fluorescence technology of the OralID examination light uses a blue light to aid the doctor in the visualization of oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions.

Using this cancer screening tool, we can now detect oral cancer and pre-cancer earlier than we ever could using previous methods. As we mentioned already, it is critical to identify issues as soon as possible in order to have a successful treatment.

The procedure is simple, painless, fast, affordable and proven to save lives.

We recommend performing this screening every 6 months at your regular dental exam visit. This gives you and your doctor the best opportunity for early detection.

While it is possible to get cancer at any age, we advise anyone from age 17 and up to take advantage of this life-saving exam.


Ready to schedule your oral cancer screening in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your examination. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can detect oral cancer issues. He will be able to identify possible issues and recommend further treatments if needed.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of dental health issues from general to cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, TMJ treatment, dental implants and full mouth restorations.


Different Types of Broken Teeth

Types of broken teeth

OUCH! Are you suffering from a broken tooth? There are several types of tooth fractures and breaks that require different treatments:

Minor Cracks – Also called “craze lines,” these are surface cracks that affect only the outer white surface of the tooth, called the enamel. Minor cracks rarely need treatment. However, your dentist may lightly polish the area to smooth out any rough spots.

Cracked Tooth – This type of fracture involves the whole tooth, from the chewing surface all the way down to the nerve. The pieces remain in place, but the crack gradually spreads. Cracks can sometimes be repaired with filling material. The tooth often will need a crown to prevent the crack from getting worse. If the pulp (nerve and other live tissues) is damaged, you may need a root canal as well.

Chips – Minor chips don’t always need treatment. Your dentist may suggest repairing the damage with filling material to prevent it from getting worse or to make the tooth look and feel better. If the chip is very small, the dentist may polish and smooth out the chipped area.

Broken Cusp – These breaks affect the pointed chewing surfaces (the cusps) of the teeth. They usually do not affect the pulp and are unlikely to cause much pain. Your dentist may repair the damage to restore the tooth’s shape. Frequently, however, an onlay or crown will be required.

Related: Six Issues Porcelain Veneers Can Fix

Serious Breaks – These breaks go deep enough to expose the nerve. They almost always cause the tooth to hurt and be sensitive. Usually, the broken part of the tooth will bleed. You will need root canal treatment to remove the exposed nerve and probably a crown to restore the tooth to normal function so you can eat and chew properly.

TMJ Pain ReliefSplit Tooth – This means that the tooth has split vertically into two separate parts. Some teeth, such as your back teeth (molars), have more than one root. It may be possible to keep one of the roots, which will then be covered with a crown. First, you will need root canal treatment. Second, the dentist will remove any roots that cannot be kept. Third, you will need a crown to cover the root and replace the tooth. In some cases, when a root cannot be saved, the tooth will have to be removed.

Relate: Worst foods for your teeth

Vertical Breaks or Split Root – These cracks start in the root of the tooth and extend upward toward the chewing surface. These breaks are often painful because the area around the root may be inflamed or infected. In most cases, the tooth will have to be removed.

Decay-Induced Break – In this case, the tooth has broken or crumbled because a cavity weakened it from the inside out. Your dentist will evaluate the cavity and recommend the best way to restore the tooth. In some cases, if the decay is extensive and goes down to the bone, the tooth may have to be removed.

We hope that this article helps you if you are dealing with a broken or cracked tooth. We recommend you visit a dentist as soon as possible so they can help you and work to prevent further issues in the future.

Related: Broken Tooth – What do I do?


Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano, Texas Dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and pediatric dentistry.

Let us help you create a beautiful smile!

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What is in Toothpaste?

In this post, we review the most common types of ingredients in toothpaste, what they do and how they protect your teeth.

We hope that we don’t need to be telling you that you should be brushing your teeth! You know that already, right? You have been taking your parents advice and making sure to brush your teeth after every meal to protect your teeth and your overall health.

Still, you may be wondering: What is in toothpaste anyway? How does it work to clean my teeth? Are all the ingredients safe?

Let’s answer those common questions.

What is in toothpaste?

Most popular brands of over the counter toothpaste will contain the same types ingredients. Of course, there are differences but most kinds of toothpaste all work essentially the same.

Toothpaste contains two basic types of ingredients: active ingredients and inactive ingredients.

Active ingredients are the ones that actively help fight cavities on your teeth and reduce the risk of gum disease. The inactive ingredients aren’t there to fight cavities, germs, and gum disease, they are there instead to create the taste and texture of the toothpaste.

These categories of ingredients are basically the same and have been for centuries. The types of abrasives and flavorings we use in our modern toothpaste may be different than 100 years ago but they work essentially the same way.

Related: Toothpastes Containing Antibacterial Agent More Effective 

Toothpaste and brush - What is in toothpaste?

Common Toothpaste Ingredients

  • Abrasives
  • Flouride
  • Flavoring
  • Detergents
  • Humectants
  • Preservatives

What’s in Toothpaste?

Abrasives

Abrasives are the ingredients in toothpaste that help scrape the food off of your teeth. They will make up somewhere between 30-60% of the toothpaste. The abrasives are very mild, just rough enough to clean your teeth but not so rough that they will hurt your teeth enamel or irritate your gums.

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Flouride

Flouride is a mineral that helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth, which makes them less susceptible to cavities and helps prevent wear from eating acidic foods and drinks. Only toothpaste which contains fluoride can receive an official seal of acceptance designation from the American Dental Association (ADA).

Flavoring

What would your toothpaste be without some flavoring? Definitely not the same. Flavoring agents are one of the major differentiators between different brands of toothpaste. This is why it will be labeled generically as “flavoring” on the box so that the “secret ingredients” of each brand of toothpaste aren’t given away. Toothpaste flavors typically come from non-sugar based sweetening agents, such as saccharin or sorbitol. Any toothpaste with sugar in it will not receive approval from the ADA.

Related: Teaching your children to brush and floss

Toothbrush ContaminationDetergents

Detergents are the foaming agents added to toothpaste to give you that satisfying foaminess when you brush your teeth. Without the foam, most people feel like they aren’t really getting their teeth clean. The most common detergent in toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate.

Humectants

Humectants are ingredients added to toothpaste help it retain water. They help the texture of the toothpaste remain uniformly soft and smooth throughout the tube. The most common humectants in toothpaste are sorbitol, propylene glycol, and glycerol.

Preservatives

Like many pre-packaged items found on store shelves, toothpaste contains preservatives. In toothpaste they are used to prevent the growth of bacteria, because not only will the toothpaste be on a store shelf for awhile, depending on how many people use it in the home, it may need to last several months after it has been opened.


Are you ready for a checkup or dental work?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free consultation. We can discuss your goals and options for teeth whitening.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

David Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in gum disease treatment with over 30 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with everything from a consultation, to a check-up, to cleaning, whitening, and full mouth restoration.

Together we will transform your smile!

Contact us online or call us today at (972) 964-3774


 

More information: WikipediaAmerican Dental Association – Colgate.com123 DentistToothpaste brands

Toothpaste image: Wikipedia


 

Don’t Give Juice to Babies or Children Under Age One Says American Academy of Pediatrics

Don't give juice to children under one year


Juice not recommended for children under oneIn a new policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in May 2017, they recommend no fruit juice for children under 1 year.

The new statement says:

“Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1 and should not be included in their diet”

The new advisory comes from the recently published statement Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations.

This is an update to past recommendations which already advised that children under six months should not drink juice.

Related: Worst drinks for your teeth

Historically, fruit juice was recommended by pediatricians as a source of vitamin C and as an additional source of fluids for healthy infants and young children. It was also sometimes recommended for children with constipation.

Fruit juice is usually marketed as a healthy, natural source of vitamins. Because it tastes good, children will usually accept it easily, as opposed to many other foods at this age. Although juice consumption has some benefits, it also has

Although juice has some benefits, it also has potentially negative effects as well. It is usually full of both sugar and calories and can lead to unnecessary weight gain.

“We know that excessive fruit juice can lead to excessive weight gain and tooth decay,” said co-author of the statement Steven A. Abrams, M.D., in a news release.

Related: 4 Easy Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay in Kids Under Age Five

Kids first trip to dentistHe goes on to say “Be cautious about putting a bottle or sippy cup in the child’s mouth with fruit juice because that can cause really cause problems for their teeth,” Abrams said.

“Some parents will use the bottle as a pacifier and just stick some apple juice in the bottle.” That leads to sugar from the apple juice just sitting in the child’s teeth, which can increase the risk of tooth decay.”

“One hundred percent fresh or reconstituted fruit juice can be a healthy part of the diet of children older than 1 year when consumed as part of a well-balanced diet. Fruit drinks, however, are not nutritionally equivalent to fruit juice.”

 

Juice for children recommendations

  • Children under one year of age should not have any juice.
  • Children ages 1-3 should not have more than 4 ounces of juice daily.
  • Children ages 4-6 should be limited to 4 to 6 ounces daily.
  • Children ages 7-18 should be limited to 8 ounces daily.
  • Toddlers should not be given juice in “sippy cups”. This allows them to drink juice all day long, causing excessive exposure of the teeth to sugar and tooth decay.
  • Toddlers should not be given juice at bedtime.
  • Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits. These contain both vitamins and dietary fiber.
  • Consumption of unpasteurized juice products should be strongly discouraged for children of all ages.
  • Children who take specific forms of medication should not be given grapefruit juice, which can interfere with the medication’s effectiveness.
  • Fruit juice is not appropriate in the treatment of dehydration or management of diarrhea.

 

We hope that you will take these recommendations into consideration for your own children. We want to help parents establish good dental health habits for children so they get a good foundation for health as adults.


Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in children’s pediatric dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with children’s dental care, thumb sucking and pacifier use, dental fears in children and baby dental care.

Keep your child smiling now and in the future!

Contact us online or call us today at (972) 964-3774


Related resources:
Juice image credit: Pixabay
AAP says juice a no-no for babies – ADA
Don’t Give Your Baby Fruit Juice, But A Little For Older Kids Is Okay, Say Pediatricians – Forbes
American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends No Fruit Juice For Children Under 1 Year – AAP

 

Worst Drinks for Your Teeth

worst drinks for your teeth

In this post, we’ll review the worst drinks for your teeth. You should limit your intake of these beverages because the sugar and acids are bad for dental health.

We recently wrote a post about the worst foods for your teeth. Some of them were obvious and other foods surprised some people. We’ll now review the worst foods for your teeth. Once again, it’s often sugar and acid that are the culprits that can harm your teeth.

With this information, we hope you’ll make choices to not overindulge in foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth. Everyone loves some of the items on these lists and we’re not saying you should never drink or eat them. You should be aware of the effects however so that you have the knowledge as to why you shouldn’t have them all the time.

Worst drinks for your teeth

Soda – Unless you’re three years old, this really shouldn’t be a surprise to you. Soda is packed with sugar as well as acid, both of which can harm your tooth enamel. Almost half of Americans drink at least one soda per day. Some of them drink two, three or more every day. This constant exposure to sugar and acid is not good for your teeth or your overall health. It harms your teeth and gives you empty calories that can cause weight gain. Try to limit your soda intake as much as possible and swish your mouth with water afterward.

Related: What Does Soda Do To Your Teeth?

Sports drinks – A lot of people have been misled by the “sports” in sports drinks. Something about adding that word to a beverage name makes people equate it with a healthy lifestyle. The truth is that some sports drinks have even MORE sugar in them than sodas do! They are also full of acids. Not only is all that sugar bad for your teeth but the empty calories in that drink may also have the opposite effect than you hoped for as well.

Related: How to Prevent Tooth Enamel Loss

sugar filled coffee drinkCoffee – Coffee has one main negative effect on your teeth: it’s natural color can discolor your teeth. There are also varying levels of naturally occurring acids in coffee. The other negative is that many people add sugar to this otherwise sugarless beverage. This is where many people get the most damage to their teeth from. If you’re a fan of some of those flavored coffee drinks popular at chain coffee shops, those drinks can have as much sugar and as many calories, or more even than soda.

Related: Studies Show Coffee Decreases Tooth Decay

Tea –  People often consider tea a healthy alternative to coffee, and it can be. But like coffee, it can stain your teeth and many people choose to add sugar to it as well. The antioxidants in tea can be helpful and some believe may increase your body’s defense against oral cancer. There are many different varieties of tea to choose from though. Black tea and other dark blends will stain your teeth more. A green or herbal tea will be less damaging to your teeth.

Related: What Foods Stain Teeth?

Citrus drinks – Citrusy drinks such as orange juice, grapefruit, apple and cranberry juices all have vitamin C and other helpful nutrients. But the also share the common issue with all the drinks on this list: high in sugar and on acid. It’s best that you limit your intake of these drinks, drink through a straw when possible, and swish your mouth with water after drinking.

Related: Top Healthy Teeth Tips

Red Wine is one of the worst drinks for your teethAlcohol – A side effect of alcohol consumption is that it causes dry mouth and dehydration. Over time, these can lead to enamel and tooth decay and make you more susceptible to gum disease. There is also a connection between heavy alcohol use and mouth cancer. If you’re drinking red wine, you’re also going to stain your teeth with you drink it. White wine will stain less but it still acidic. As we would always recommend, drink responsibly.

With this information, we hope that you can make responsible choices. It’s okay to indulge once in awhile, but don’t let it cross the line into a bad habit that harms your teeth or your health.


Are you due for a dental checkup? Stop minor issues with your teeth and gums before they become a serious problem.

Schedule a free consultation online or call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is an experienced dentist in Plano, Texas who takes the comfort of his patients seriously.


 

Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

In this post, we’ll review the reasons why you should be flossing each day to help maintain good dental health.

Are you flossing your teeth each day?

We sure hope so! Unfortunately, studies have shown that almost one-third of U.S. adults never floss. The most common reasons people give as to why they don’t floss is that they just can’t find the time or that they don’t feel that they need to.

Since we’ve heard “I don’t know why I need to floss” so many times, we’ll review some of the reasons that you should.

  • Flossing prevents bad breath.
  • Flossing decreases bacteria that leads to cavities.
  • Flossing is the best way to remove food particles and plaque to prevent gingivitis (gum tissue) between your teeth.
  • Gum disease is correlated with higher rates of heart disease, a common cause of heart attacks and death.
  • Flossing helps prevent tooth loss. Ten percent of U.S. adults over 55 have no permanent teeth remaining.
  • Tooth loss is correlated with higher rates of dementia.
  • Poor dental health is linked to higher rates of diabetes.
  • Gum disease is related to higher levels of kidney disease.
  • Pathogens can get into your mouth and then enter your body through gums and breathing air into your lungs. Brushing and flossing help stop them.

Flossing your teeth protects your dental health, which helps protect your overall health.

If you don’t already floss, then make a commitment to yourself to start today.


Are you ready for a checkup? Getting to any issues with your teeth early will help prevent issues from becoming serious problems.

Schedule a free consultation online or call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite serves patients in the Plano, Texas area and has 30 years experiences helping people care for and improve their smiles.