Do a self assessment
of your Oral Health
Check yourself first so you can better discuss issues that Doctor Starkey might bring up and there will be less chance of you having an unpleasant surprise and you can bring a list of concerns based on your self evaluation to discuss with the Doctor at a consultation
Gum Disease Self Assessment
Gum disease tends to be asymptomatic as far as pain goes.
Unless it is ANUG aka Trench mouth.
Trench mouth because the soldiers in WW1 often suffered this disease. ANUG stands for acute necretizing ulcerative gingivitis.
if your gums are hurting then you need to see MD or dentist right away. That usually means ANUG or an acute Abscess.
Generally gum disease signs that we are talking about that affects up to 70+ percent of the population. Do you have any of these symptoms?
Oral Cancer Screening self assessment
By the way when you brush your teeth you should brush your palate, your cheek inside of course, and top of tongue.
If you smoke and drink or have oral sexual relations then you should get to doctor to have them check. If you are young enough or you have kids, seriously consider HPV vaccine.
HPV caused oral cancer is over taking smoking/alcohol caused oral cancer partly because people do not smoke like they did in the past but they do other stuff. The incidence of oral cancer is on the increase.
There are photos of oral cancer below; caution they are graphic.
For Denture wearers
Assess whether it is time to have us take a look at them
and your mouth.
Specializing in Comprehensive Dentistry
With Dental Sedation that fits your needs.
The Sweet Dreams Dental Team
Michael A. Starkey, DDS And Associates
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