The benefits and importance of visiting your dentist regularly is very well known. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can eliminate hardened plaque from beneath the gum line and detect gum disease and tooth decay before it leads to unhealthier problems. With that said, there are not many people who know that there are several reasons to see your dentist that benefit beyond the wellbeing of your teeth.
While everyone may have occasional bad breath, some people have chronic bad breath (halitosis) that does not improve with regular brushing and flossing. Our Prescott dentist, Dr. Herbert, can determine whether or not you have halitosis, help rule out possible causes, and create a plan of treatment.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a high leading cancer among men, and one person in America dies from the disease every hour. However, it’s one of the few cancers in which the rate of detection is increasing among young adults, which is likely thanks to regular screenings at the dentist. Dr. Herbert provides comprehensive oral cancer screenings for all of his patients.
While snoring is very common and typically harmless, it can lead to a more serious and potentially fatal condition called obstructive sleep apnea. With typical snoring, the airway is partially blocked as the throat muscles intermittently relax. This can worsen and cause you to stop breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes, heartburn, and depression. At Prescott Dental Arts, we can treat sleep apnea and snoring with solutions that will place the lower jaw into a forward position and prevents blockage of the airway during sleep.
Many people experience prolonged facial pain in the jaw or ears and have chronic headaches. This may be caused by the joints responsible for moving your jaw, the temporomandibular (TM) joints. The description of these symptoms, combined with an examination of the face and jaw, provides useful information for diagnosing temporomandibular disorders (TMD, or TMJ syndrome).
If you are searching for a dentist in Prescott AZ and have questions related to the above topics, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Herbert.
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