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Preventative Dentistry

Oral Cancer Screening | TMJ Disorder Treatment | TMD Evaluation | Valley Stream There are a multitude of factors that affect the health of our smile. While brushing and flossing regularly do much to protect our teeth and gums from decay, there are additional methods that can assist in keeping your mouth healthy throughout life. In addition to those listed below, periodontal maintenance, the early detection of cavities, and bite evaluation all help ensure that potential problems are detected early or prevented entirely.


Oral Cancer Screening

Our mouths allow us to eat and drink. With our mouths we are able to communicate with other people either through talking, laughing, shouting or even smiling. We are able to taste food and kiss loved ones with our mouths. Still, we do not realize how much we use our mouths until oral cancer strikes.

Over 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing approximately 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, cancer of the brain, liver, testes, kidney, ovary or malignant melanoma (skin cancer).

Oral cancer often appears unnoticed in the mouth as a tiny white or red spot or sore. Because many people do not recognize the symptoms, a diagnosis may not be made until the problem has become more advanced, making treatment more difficult. Fortunately, early detection of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions provides a higher probability of cure. Regular dental examinations are an invaluable part of early cancer detection and treatment.

How do I know if I have oral cancer?

Signs to watch out for include:

  • Trauma to the head or neck
  • Stress
  • Oral habits such as clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Bad bite or missing teeth
  • Arthritis
  • Malalignment of the upper and lower jawbones

TMJ Disorder / TMD Evaluation

TMJ Disorder Treatment | TMD Evaluation | Valley StreamChronic pain in or around the ear, a tender jaw, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, and headaches and neck aches may arise from many easily identifiable and treatable causes. But sometimes the source is more elusive … and it may be TMD, a group of disorders affecting the jaw and chewing muscles. Although there are many causes of TMD, the common ones include: trauma to the head or neck, oral habits such as clenching or grinding of the teeth, “bad” bite or missing teeth, arthritis, and misalignment of the upper and lower jawbones. Reversible or temporary treatments for TMD include arthocentesis (lavage), stress-reducing exercises, muscle relaxants, mouth protectors to prevent teeth grinding, soft foods, heat/ice packs, and avoidance of extreme jaw movements. More extensive treatments may take the form of correctional surgery or pain-relief injections, although surgery may aggravate the problem and is therefore not usually recommended.

Causes of TMJ Disorders

The causes of TMJ disorders are often considered multi-factorial and may be related to the following:

  • Trauma to the head or neck
  • Stress
  • Oral habits such as clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Bad bite or missing teeth
  • Arthritis
  • Malalignment of the upper and lower jawbones

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

  • Pain in the face or jaw joint area
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Dizziness
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
  • Locking of the jaw joint in the opened or closed position
  • The bite feels abnormal
To learn more about Preventative Dentistry and the treatments we provide, call us at 516-256-2424 to schedule a consultation.

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