3150 North Elm Street, Suite 210
Greensboro, NC 27408
336-286-9897

Dentist in Greensboro NC

  • Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

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    April 26, 2021

    Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

    Oral cancer is defined as cancer of the mouth and throat. Every hour of every day, someone dies of oral cancer. It is estimated that over 54,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in 2021 with 43% of those patients not surviving more than five years. This shocking and concerning death rate remains high because oral cancers are often discovered and diagnosed late in their development.

    Regular oral cancer examinations performed by your dentist remain one the best methods to detect oral cancer in its early stages, but it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of oral cancer so that you can check your mouth between dental visits. 

    Tobacco use in all forms and high alcohol consumption put you at risk for oral cancer.   However, the fastest growing cause of mouth and throat cancers is actually a common virus, the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus 16 (HPV). This is the same virus commonly associated with cervical cancer. 

    Signs and symptoms of oral cancer caused by tobacco usage or excessive alcohol consumption:

    • Any sore or mouth ulcer that does not heal within two weeks.
    • Red, white, or black discoloration of soft mouth tissues.
    • An abnormality that easily bleeds when touched.
    • A lump or thickening that develops in the mouth.
    • A sore under a denture that does not heal.
    • A painless, firm, fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, that has been there for at least two weeks.

    Signs and symptoms of oral cancer caused by HPV (Human Papillomavirus 16):

    • Hoarseness or sore throat that does not resolve within a few weeks.
    • A swollen tonsil on just one side. (Usually painless.)
    • A painless, firm, fixated lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks.
    • A persistent cough that does not resolve after many days.
    • Difficulty swallowing; a sensation that food is getting caught in your throat.
    • An earache on one side (unilateral) that persists for more than a few days.

    All the above symptoms can be persistent and resistant to healing. Be sure to contact a dental professional if any of the listed signs or symptoms do not improve or disappear after two to three weeks. Also, call your dentist right away if you have any immediate concerns. Early detection of oral cancer is critical. To learn more about oral cancer, visit the Oral Cancer Foundation website at www.oralcancer.org.

    If you are concerned that you are experiencing oral cancer symptoms, we encourage you to call Margaret Szott DDS at 336-286-9897 to schedule an appointment for a screening. Dr. Szott is currently accepting new patients and works with all insurance providers.

     

     

  • What Is The Best Way To Whiten Your Teeth?

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    February 20, 2021

    What Is The Best Way To Whiten Your Teeth?

    In a world filled with social media selfies, FaceTime, and video conferencing; teeth whitening continues to be in popular demand. And while filters and photo editing apps can make your teeth appear to look whiter, many prefer the real deal, seeking solutions to whiten their teeth. An online search for “teeth whitening” can take you down a digital rabbit hole recommending everything from at-home concoctions to expensive laser treatments. The challenge is finding a solution that is safe, affordable, and effective.

    Many dental offices offer professional teeth whitening treatments ranging from LED lighting to custom trays with whitening gels. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available in everything from chewing gum and dental floss to toothpaste and mouthwashes. Perhaps the most popular of these consumer products are whitening strips.

    Many of our patients are surprised when I share my professional recommendation for teeth whitening: Crest 3D Whitestrips. They are affordable, easy to use, and gentle on your tooth enamel. Results may vary depending on the product and patient.  The duration can also vary depending on the patient’s consumption of things like coffee, red wine, dark sodas, and tobacco. 

    As a rule, 90% of patients will experience success with tooth whitening. Yellow and brownish colored teeth tend to respond well to whitening. However, gray stains, caused by some antibiotics used during childhood or ingesting too much fluoride during permanent tooth development, may not see dramatic changes. Tooth whitening may not be effective if you’ve had bonding,  tooth-colored fillings, crowns, or veneers placed on your teeth. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends dentist supervision for any whitening treatment, including over-the-counter options like whitening strips. A professional teeth cleaning by your dentist can often remove external stains. Be sure to visit your dentist for a thorough cleaning and examination before you decide to whiten your teeth. 

    Regardless of the teeth-whitening treatment you choose, most all tooth-whitening products are likely to offer you some results giving you a brighter, whiter smile and a boost in your self-confidence. If you’re in need of a professional cleaning and ready to explore teeth whitening solutions, we invite you to call Margaret Szott DDS at 336-286-9897 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Szott is currently accepting new patients and works with all insurance providers.

     

Where We Are Located

3150 North Elm Street
Suite 210
Greensboro, NC 27408
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336-286-9897