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April 15, 2015

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Schedule Your Screening Today

ThinkstockPhotos-178361153Every year, approximately 43,250 men and women in America will be diagnosed with oral cancer, one of the most aggressive forms of the disease. In fact, statistics show that oral cancer takes a life about once every hour, around the clock. Fortunately, early detection and treatment can substantially improve a patient’s chances of surviving the disease. That is why Dr. Hume and his team emphasize the importance of oral cancer screening – not only in April, but all year round.

Risk Factors & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

It is important to understand your risk for oral cancer as well as what to look for when examining the soft tissues of your mouth. The following is a list of some of the most common risk factors:

  • Tobacco use – Approximately 80 percent of people with cancer of the oral cavity smoke cigarettes or use chewing tobacco.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption – About 70 percent of oral cancer cases are in people who drink often.
  • HPV infection – The human papilloma virus, or HPV, has been shown to increase the risk of developing cancerous lesions in the mouth.
  • Certain genetic syndromes – These include fanconi anemia and dyskeratosis congenital

Symptoms of oral cancer are often so minor at first that patients are unaware of the problem until it becomes serious. The following are common symptoms associated with oral cancer:

  • A sore that does not heal after two weeks
  • A lump or thickening of tissue anywhere in the mouth
  • Numbness or tingling of the tongue or other soft tissues
  • Pain in the jaw and/or difficulty chewing
  • Persistent cough or hoarseness
  • Loosening teeth or a change in the way dentures fit
  • Difficulty moving the tongue
  • A feeling like something is stuck in the throat
  • White or red patch on the tonsils, tongue, gums, or cheek lining

Only a comprehensive exam and oral cancer screening with Dr. Hume can definitively determine whether or not a lesion or sore is a cause for concern. During your screening, we will check for any signs of the symptoms listed above as well as earlier indicators that may be impossible to see yourself.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Life

If it has been more than one year since your last oral cancer screening, there’s never been a better time to schedule your next one with Dr. Hume and his dedicated team. Contact us today to learn more about oral cancer and how you can reduce your risk of developing this deadly disease. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Dallas, TX proudly serves families from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including communities in Highland Park, Frisco, Plano, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and beyond.

March 20, 2015

Why is Treating Gum Disease So Important? Periodontal Therapy in Dallas, TX

185594294Gum disease is among the most prevalent chronic health conditions in America, affecting approximately 64.7 million adults aged 30 or older. While most people know that gum disease can cause sensitivity, bad breath, and bleeding following brushing or flossing, there are even more serious complications than the majority of Americans realize. At the Dallas, TX office of Dr. Ted Hume, our team is committed to helping our patients better understand the ways oral health affects overall wellness. This includes the link between periodontal disease and other serious health concerns.

The Mouth Body Connection

When the infectious bacteria that cause gum disease are allowed to travel throughout the blood stream, other tissues and organs are compromised in a variety of ways. Research has proven a connection between periodontal disease and the following health complications:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Preeclampsia in pregnant women
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia
  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Certain types of cancer, including cancer of the blood and/or pancreas

Fortunately, periodontal therapy and improved home hygiene have been shown to reduce the risk of these potentially life-threatening conditions. Dr. Hume and his caring team want to help you not only improve your oral health, but your general health as well. Though there is no absolute cure for periodontal disease, effective management is possible.

Healthy Smile, Healthy Body

If you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease, there’s never been a better time to schedule a visit with Dr. Hume and take the first step toward improved oral health. Our Dallas, TX dental office warmly welcomes patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including communities in Frisco, Plano, North Dallas, Richardson, Garland, University Park, and beyond. We genuinely look forward to providing you with exceptional service in an office environment that treats you like family. Contact us today to learn more and to reserve your appointment.

January 20, 2015

How Does Running Affect Your Oral Health? Dental Tips for Athletes

451855347It’s common knowledge that exercising regularly is essential for a healthy body and mind, but do you know how your trips to the gym are affecting the health of your smile? The link between your teeth and your fitness regimen may not be immediately apparent, but a recent study published in a Scandinavian scientific journal uncovered an important relationship that is of particular interest to athletes. At Ted R. Hume, III, DDS in Dallas, TX, Dr. Ted Hume and his team are always searching for new ways to help our patients. We’d like to take this opportunity to share the findings of this study in hopes that it will be useful in your journey toward optimal oral health.

Exercise and Tooth Decay: Why Runners Have More Cavities

Previously conducted studies on the subject of oral health in athletes discovered that men and women who ran regularly suffered from a higher incidence of tooth decay as compared to their non-athletic counterparts. While a diet high in carbohydrates (think sports drinks and energy bars) had already been revealed as a major cause of cavities in athletes, the researchers found something new in this study. It was the saliva collected from the participants that really brought the surprising results.

Saliva samples were taken from two groups: non-athletes and regular runners. When both groups were at rest, their samples showed no difference. When the athletes were sent out on a strenuous run, however, the environment in their mouths changed. Saliva production was diminished as they ran, putting their teeth and gums at risk for decay and disease. Choosing carbonated or sugary refreshments following the run made matters worse, eroding tooth enamel at a faster rate than would normally occur. The results of the study point toward more stringent preventive dental care for men and women who work out often, particularly runners.

Dental Care for Athletes in Dallas, TX

Though we would never suggest that any of our patients abstain from a healthy amount of exercise, we do like to remind our athletic patients that their teeth and gums require special care. If you are concerned that your fitness regimen is negatively affecting your oral health, please contact us today to schedule your visit with Dr. Hume and our experienced, caring staff. We can help you protect your smile from the most common dental health issues, including periodontal disease and tooth decay. Conveniently located in Dallas, TX, our practice warmly welcomes families from the surrounding communities in the DFW Metroplex, including those in Plano, Frisco, Garland, Richardson, North Dallas, University Park, and more.

September 20, 2014

Introducing a Better Way to Improve Patient Comfort: Onset® Precision Anesthesia

462389477Local anesthesia is a vital and commonly used tool in dental treatment, allowing oral healthcare professionals to perform a variety of services without causing patient discomfort. The initial sting of anesthesia as it is administered, however, is still a frequent complaint from patients of all ages; no one likes the feel of a needle or waiting for minutes at a time to become fully numb. Fortunately, patients of Dr. Ted R. Hume, III no longer need to fear the pain commonly associated with local injections. With the revolutionary pH buffering technology of the Onset® anesthetic device, it is now possible to administer local anesthesia quickly, accurately, and with less discomfort than ever before.

What are the Benefits of Onset® Precision Buffering?

For decades, dentists and oral healthcare researchers have searched for a way to administer painless dental injections in order to better serve the needs of their patients. At Dr. Hume’s Dallas dental office, you and your family can now find just that. With Onset® precision anesthesia buffering, patients receive the exact amount of local numbing agent they need without the pinching sting typically associated with the initial injection.

Onset® effectively alters the pH level of the anesthetic, reducing its acidity and eliminating the pain so many patients actively fear. In addition, the anesthesia goes to work immediately rather than taking multiple minutes to kick in. This means that Dr. Hume and his team can get to work right away; your level of comfort is consistently monitored and you spend less time waiting in the dental chair. Even patients with active infections report painless relief in mere seconds with Onset® precision buffering, and now you can enjoy the same benefits.

Schedule Your Visit with Dr. Hume Today

Have you been putting off important dental treatment because you dread the pain of anesthesia injections? Perhaps you’ve experienced anesthesia that wears off too quickly or takes too long to take effect. At Ted R. Hume, III, DDS in Dallas, TX, we invite you to discover the amazing difference that our advanced Onset® anesthesia buffering can make in your next dental experience. We genuinely care about your comfort and safety, and our team looks forward to showing you how what an impact our state-of-the-art technology can make.

Contact our office in Dallas, TX today to schedule your next appointment. Our warm, welcoming dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, including Garland, Richardson, Addison, North Dallas, Plano, Frisco, University Park, and beyond.

 

May 15, 2014

Sleep Apnea Therapy: What You Need to Know from Dr. Ted R. Hume

shutterstock_165362660According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a common condition that has only recently been fully recognized as a potentially life threatening disorder. At Ted R. Hume III, DDS in Dallas, TX, Dr. Ted Hume and his caring, experienced team offer a variety of general and preventive dentistry services, including the treatment and management of obstructive sleep apnea.

The Importance of Sleep Apnea Therapy

While excessively loud snoring is the chief complaint associated with obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, this annoying nighttime nuisance is not the most serious of the condition’s complications. In fact, individuals with untreated sleep apnea are at an increased risk of developing numerous health conditions, including high blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension, chronic daytime fatigue, atrial fibrillation, depression, and stroke.

Sleep apnea is characterized by frequent lapses in breathing while a patient sleeps, though the majority of those affected are unaware that they are struggling for oxygen throughout the course of the night. The muscles that support the soft tissues of the throat and mouth block the airway, preventing air movement into the lungs, and thereby decreasing oxygen levels in the blood.  Fortunately, an effective solution exists for this common problem.   This treatment has been proven effective in millions of OSA cases.  A custom oral appliance is fabricated for the patient to wear at night while sleeping.  Please ask Dr. Hume about how a comfortable, custom mouthpiece can help you avoid the complications associated with sleep apnea.

Schedule Your Consultation

Patients who suspect that they or a loved one is suffering from the effects of sleep apnea, the time to act is now. With treatment from Dr. Hume at our Dallas, TX dental practice, relief can be found from this highly invasive sleep disorder. Please contact our office today to schedule a one on one appointment with Dr. Hume to discover what a difference our cutting edge technology and close, personal attention can make in your life.

From our conveniently located practice, we warmly welcome patients from throughout the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area, including North Dallas, University Park, Richardson, Garland, Addison, Plano, and beyond. We look forward to helping you enjoy peaceful, restful nights of deep sleep, as well as improved overall health and wellness.

8335 Walnut Hill Ln., Suite 110, Dallas, TX 75231 USA
Dr. Ted Hume Dallas TX dentist (214) 361-7335 office@tedhumedental.com
8335 Walnut Hill Lane #110, Dallas, TX 75231 USA
Ted R. Hume III, DDS Dallas, TX cosmetic, restorative, preventative dentist. (214) 361-7335 office@tedhumedental.com