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Bad Breath (halitosis) Can Be Treated At Falmouth Dental Arts

Dr. Knock and Dr. Vocal feel that while bad breath might be a symptom of some other disorder, it most likely stems from dental decay and periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a disease affecting gums and bone that support the teeth, and it results from inadequate tooth brushing and flossing. In this disease, the irritated gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets between the teeth and the gums. These pockets fill with bacteria and pus which give off a foul odor.

Patients with bad breath need a complete dental evaluation by Dr. Knock or Dr. Vocal. If gum disease and/or dental decay is diagnosed, it can be treated readily. The patient will no longer have an infection in his or her mouth, and he or she will no longer have the embarrassment of bad breath.

Please call our office at (207) 781-5900 if you have questions regarding halitosis.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Dental implants are a replacement or substitute tooth roots, used to replace natural tooth roots in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing. Dental implants have a lot of advantages in comparison to having dentures or bridges. Dentists indicate that when a patient has missing teeth, it’s important to have bone preservation. Dental implants allow this by being embedded in the bone, which will preserve the bone. Often, what occurs with missing teeth is the bone deteriorates. This creates some changes in a person’s facial appearance. The advantage of dental implants is since the dental implant will replace the natural tooth root it will be attached to the bone like a natural tooth.

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Have You Been Screened for Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade the oral cavity (mouth) and the oropharynx (part of the throat at the back of the mouth). Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include the following:

  • Tobacco Use: This accounts for most of the oral cancers. Cigarettes and all other forms of tobacco use may result in oral cancer.
  • Alcohol: People who drink alcohol are more likely to develop oral cancer more than people who don’t drink.
  • Sun exposure: Lip cancer is often caused by excessive sun exposure.

In the past, oral cancer was considered to have a low incidence of occurring. However, this is changing. Oral cancer is increasing. Over the past 30 years, oral cancer has increased in adults under 40 years old. Approximately, 35,000 people in the US were newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2008 (Oral Cancer Foundation). In addition, oral cancer is diagnosed in about 100 new people each day.

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Are You a Candidate for Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Who is a candidate for Oral Sedation Dentistry at Falmouth Dental Arts?

People who have . . .

  • High fear
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Limited time to complete dental care

People who . . .

  • Hate needles and shots
  • Hate the noises, smells and taste associated with dental care
  • Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth