Victoria and 54th Dental is able to craft gorgeous smiles for our patients, but this is not our top priority. Our #1 objective is to help you preserve the beauty and longevity of your smile. In this spirit, we provide a complete array of preventive care. As we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
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Direct Connection with Overall Oral Health
Studies have shown a direct link between dental health and your overall health. It is our goal to help you maintain your best overall health by keeping your mouth healthy and monitoring for any conditions that may occur, like oral cancer.
Our office is committed to providing you with optimum cleanings and regular evaluations to monitor your oral health. Detecting issues early is important to maintaining your teeth, saving your natural teeth and preventing costly dental emergencies.
Regular checkups and good oral hygiene form the basis of lifelong dental health. During your cleanings, our hygienist will look for signs of gum disease and decay to catch any problems as early as possible. The hygienist will also make suggestions to make the most of your home care regiment.
Once our team determines that you are a good candidate for a night guard, we will create one that is custom-made for your mouth. A professionally made night guard for teeth is composed of an acrylic material and slides over one row of your teeth.
When your dental night guard is in place, you can sleep soundly knowing that even if you do grind your teeth once you're asleep, your upper and lower teeth will no longer make contact.
For patients who actively participate in contact sports or where their teeth may be exposed during play, a custom fit sports guard is an excellent way to protect your teeth. Discuss with us what type of sports you play to find the right guard for you.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer kills more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer, and only half of patients diagnosed will survive more than five years. One Canadian dies every 10 hours from oral cancer. The most common risk factors are tobacco use, frequent high quantity alcohol consumption, constant sunlight exposure, habitual cheek or lip biting, or poorly fitting dentures. Although most oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25 percent of oral cancers occur in people who have no risk factors at all.
Your dentist could very well be your number one soldier in the fight against oral cancer. Statistics show in about 10 percent of patients, dentists notice a problem area even before the patient notices. During a regular dental checkup, your dentist will examine your entire mouth, searching for a flat, painless, white or red spot or small sore. Other signs of oral cancer can include:
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
- A color change of the oral tissues.
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust, or small, eroded area.
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.
Our office uses the new VELscope screening light (Developed by the BC Cancer Agency) to help detect early oral cancer. Please request the exam if you have a concern.
Remember to schedule regular checkups for everyone in your family. Two visits per year are recommended for general care. If, between visits, you notice any unusual changes in your mouth, call your dentist immediately. Together you and your dentist can fight and win the battle against oral cancer.