Digital x-rays

Digital radiographs are one of the newest x-ray techniques around. With digital radiographs, film is replaced with a flat electronic pad or sensor. The x-rays hit the pad the same way they hit the film. But instead of developing the film in a dark room, the image is electronically sent directly to a computer where the image appears on the screen.

Why digital x-rays are better:

Gum concerns during pregnancy

One area that is easy to overlook during pregnancy is your mouth. Gums are often much more sensitive and more susceptible to bleeding during pregnancy, due to change in hormones. Women are most likely to experience symptoms of gum disease beginning in the second or third month of pregnancy. During this time some women notice swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue.

The best way to avoid gum disease associated with pregnancy is to start with healthy gums. Spend just a few minutes a day looking after them. Floss between your teeth at least once a day, always brush morning and night and use mouthwash daily.

If you experience any bleeding of your gums or are concerned in any way about your oral health, make an appointment to see your dentist or hygienist right away. Visit your dentist during pregnancy, even if you feel everything is ok.

Oral health check-up

Please arrange for a check-up, even if you don’t have natural teeth!

Around 6,800 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2011 in the UK, that’s more than 18 people every day.

In 2011, around 4,510 men and 2,257 women were diagnosed with oral cancer.

One fifth of oral cancer cases diagnosed in the UK occur in people aged 75 and over. This proportion is lower in males (15%) than females (29%).

The 50-74 age group contributes around 7 in 10 male oral cancer cases, and around 6 in 10 female cases.

Oral cancer incidence rates in the UK have risen by a third in the last decade.

In Europe, around 61,400 new cases of lip and oral cavity cancer were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2012. The UK incidence rate is 16th lowest in Europe for males and 11th highest for females.

Worldwide, more than 300,000 new cases of lip and oral cavity cancer were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2012, with incidence rates varying across the world.

Taken from Cancer Research UK website 10/15

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