At Springfield Smile Doctor, office of Randi Green D.M.D., we understand that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body. We have evolved from being just a dental office into the role of oral health specialist.
We take your entire health seriously, so at every visit, we perform 6 comprehensive screenings to make sure we are looking at your entire health, not just your teeth and gums.
Health Review and Risk Assessment:
We start with an overall assessment of your health history as well as any medications you may be taking. Dental problems such as periodontal disease can make other systemic conditions worse and vice versa, so we like to identify any underlying concerns ahead of time. Also, medications can change the environment of your mouth making you more susceptible to dental problems, so its important for us to know this as well.
Head and Neck Oral Cancer Screening:
Our second screening is one we consider EXTREMELY important- the head and neck cancer screening. 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Our role as your oral health specialist is to screen for head and neck cancer routinely. Survival rates are high when these types of cancer are caught early.
TMJ and Occlusal Screening:
Our third screening assesses your jaw joints, teeth, and muscles to make sure they are all working in harmony together. When the teeth do not fit together in a position that coordinates with joint and muscle stability, all sorts of signs and symptoms can appear. Grinding, tooth fractures, tooth sensitivity, jaw popping and jaw pain are just a few of the TMD issues for which we screen.
Our fourth screening is one that you have come to expect from your dentist. We take a look at all of your teeth as well as any previous dental work you have had done. Our goal is to make sure there is no dental disease present and all of your existing dental work is still serving you well. Dental decay and broken down dentistry can often go unnoticed by a patient because teeth often do not hurt. In fact, pain in the teeth is usually a sign of advanced dental disease that could have been prevented if addressed early. We aim to help our patients avoid pain and address any problems as early as possible and keep their mouths healthy.
Our final screening is one that you have hopefully had before. We consider it to be just as important as the cancer screening as periodontal disease has been linked to some cancers. This screening assesses your gum tissues and other supporting structures of the teeth to make sure there is no underlying disease. Periodontal disease is a silent disease, meaning that like high blood pressure, you will most likely have no symptoms and not even be aware of your condition. Studies show up to 80% of the adult population has some form of periodontal disease. Our goal is to identify the presence of periodontal disease in the early stages where we can address it through non-surgical laser therapy. If left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually lead to loss of some, if not all teeth. It also increases the severity of other health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
As you can see, our office is not your typical dental office. We want to make sure we are treating our patients comprehensively, so we are committed to performing these five screenings on a routine basis. Our passion is for your health and we want to be your partners in obtaining your best health possible!
Ready to take the next step? Call our dental office to set up your appointment today.