September 2, 2011

September Is the Perfect Time for Your Next Visit

For most of us, the time for family vacations is over. The kids are back in school, and summer will soon be replaced by fall.

That’s why, even if September is more than halfway through the year, it’s still a good time for your next appointment. Especially with the holidays coming up—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. Fall and winter are notorious seasons, nutritionally speaking, with all the candy, cookies, and treats to enjoy. Make sure you’re heading into them with a clear conscience about your smile.

What’s a Checkup at Our Cherry Hill Office Like?

When you come in for your appointment with Dr. Polansky, here’s what you can expect.

Using our DIAGNOdent laser, we’ll check your teeth for any indication of decay. DIAGNOdent helps us detect problems early than is possible with just basic tools and the naked eye. And the sooner we’re able to find decay, the more easily we can treat it.

Next, Dr. Polansky will take a close look at your gums to check for symptoms of gum disease. It’s been estimated that as much as 75% of all Americans 35 and older have some form of gum disease. What’s more, gum disease affects more than just your oral health—it can have an impact on your overall health, as well. Patients with diabetes should especially take care to protect their smiles. Gum disease increases blood sugar levels, which also increases the risk of diabetic complications as well.

The next step for us is to check how your teeth fit together (occlusion) and the condition of your temporomandibular joints. Both of these can play a part in temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, which can cause painful symptoms like headaches, earaches, and neck, back, or shoulder pain.

The last part of your comprehensive exam includes an oral cancer screening with our non-invasive VELscope system. Approximately 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. What’s more, 70% of oral cancer cases aren’t diagnosed until their later stages. Why are so many late diagnoses made? Because the early warning signs aren’t always noticeable. With VELscope, we’re able to identify oral lesions and provide early treatment that could save your life..

Schedule Your Next Checkup Today

As we head into fall, why not schedule your next visit with Dr. Polansky. Call our Cherry Hill office today to schedule your appointment. We serve patients in Voorhees, Marlton, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Audubon, and surrounding areas.

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