Common Preventive Screenings from Knoxville General Dentist

If you have periodontal disease (gum disease) you are one of many. When early gum disease (gingivitis) is not treated, it can segue into severe gum disease (periodontitis). Periodontitis is a rather serious oral health condition that can lead to periodontal pockets, loose teeth, and complete tooth loss. Gum disease is often linked to serious…

If you have periodontal disease (gum disease) you are one of many. When early gum disease (gingivitis) is not treated, it can segue into severe gum disease (periodontitis). Periodontitis is a rather serious oral health condition that can lead to periodontal pockets, loose teeth, and complete tooth loss. Gum disease is often linked to serious overall health problems such as strokes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pre-term labor, and diabetes. Your Knoxville general dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, will speak more about some of the screenings we offer at preventive dental appointments to help stop oral health issues in their earliest stages.

Explaining OralDNA

The knowledge that has resulted from genetics is astounding. DNA studies have opened the door for many medical advances over recent years. OralDna is a salivary test that helps with periodontal analysis. Once the levels of bacteria are measure, they can be analyzed in terms of their gum disease association. Identifying patients with a predisposition to periodontal disease will allow for early interventions. Scaling and root planing is a method of deep cleaning that can stop gum disease before it gets worse.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Approximately one American dies from oral cancer each and every hour that passes. The ways that people can end up with oral cancer are not always known. Risk factors would include:

  • Sunlight over-exposure
  • Over-indulgence of alcohol
  • Chronic habitual cheek and lip biting
  • Tobacco use

Your Knoxville general dentist will examine your mouth for any bumps and sores that might send up a red flag. Early detection of oral cancer will make your chances of overcoming oral cancer much higher.

Consult with your Knoxville General Dentist

If periodontal disease and oral cancer concern you, or you are simply due for a dental checkup, call Dr. Erpenbach. Early diagnosis and intervention can mean the difference between keeping your natural teeth or losing them. You can reach our Knoxville dentist office at 865-240-2035. We are proud to offer comprehensive dentistry to patients in West Knoxville, the Bearden area, the 37919 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.

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