ORAL CANCER SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR

EXPERIENCING BAD BREATH? UNDERSTAND THE COMMON CAUSES

We all know the uncomfortable realization that you have bad breath. It is embarrassing and can lead to feeling self-conscious when close to others while having a conversation. No doubt, all of us will experience bad breath as the cause can come from everyday things such as certain foods or not drinking enough water.

HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE BAD BREATH

While we can sometimes taste that our breath is not so fresh, other times we are left wondering, “Do I have bad breath?” Here are some simple ways to tell if you have bad breath:

Smell Your Saliva – Simply lick your wrist or back of your hand, let the saliva dry and then take a whiff. If your saliva does not smell bad then your breath is likely fine!

Ask Someone – This is probably the easiest way to determine if you have bad breath, just ask! This can feel a bit uncomfortable, so make sure you ask a trusted person who will be honest with you.

WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH?

Now that you know how to tell if you have bad breath you might be wondering what causes it?

Improper Oral Hygiene – Proper brushing, flossing, and using a daily antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse can help to counteract bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Food and Drink – Certain food and drinks can be the culprit of bad breath, such as:

-Garlic and Onions

-Coffee

-Alcohol

Dry Mouth – If you are experiencing a dry mouth contact your dentist for a further diagnosis.

Medications – Read the labels of any pharmaceuticals, if dry mouth is listed as a side effect this may be the culprit of bad breath.

Tobacco Products – Tobacco stinks! Therefore, tobacco products will cause bad breath.

These are simply some of the common causes of bad breath, however, bad breath can be a symptom of more serious conditions such as certain diseases and cancers. If you believe you are experiencing abnormal or chronic bad breath, contact us today: 612-379-2428

CAUSES OF SORE GUMS

When you think of good oral hygiene, does your mind automatically envision caring for your teeth? While caring for our teeth is incredibly important so is taking care of our gums! Gums are often overlooked when it comes to practicing good oral hygiene. As a result of improper care, you may experience sore gums, bleeding gums, and red inflamed gums.

COMMON CAUSES OF SORE GUMS

Improper brushing – When brushing your teeth you should always angle the brush so you are not only brushing the crowns of your teeth but also the gumline. Learn more about proper brushing by visiting our friends at the ADA.

Flossing – Yes flossing really is important! Most often we see patients who are not regularly flossing and this is one of the main causes of gum problems. Learn more about flossing by viewing the video below

Gum Disease/Gingivitis – One of the most common causes of gingivitis is the buildup of bacteria, plaque, on the teeth and gums leading to irritation and pain. Other causes can include improper brushing technique, pregnancy, medications, and systemic conditions.

Medications – Certain medications may cause gum irritation and will normally state this in the list of side effects.

Usage of Tobacco Products – Tobacco products can lead to a number of serious oral health issues, just one being soreness of the gums.

PREVENTING AND TREATING SORE GUMS

With an understanding of the causes of sore gums here are some simple ways to prevent and treat this irritation:

Proper Oral Hygiene – Brush twice daily, floss daily, and use an antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse daily.

AVOID TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Avoid Sugar Rich Foods and Drinks – Food and drinks high in sugar can cause an increase in plaque buildup.

Drink More Water – Increasing your water intake, can help decrease the number of sugary drinks consumed. Also, by rinsing your teeth after eating, you will disrupt the bacteria in your mouth that causes plaque.

Regular Dental Checkups – Seeing your dentist regularly can help decrease the risk of your sore gums turning into a more serious problem. If you are experiencing abnormal pain or soreness of the gums be sure to contact your dentist immediately!

WHY OPT FOR PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING VERSUS AT HOME TREATMENTS

Brushing twice daily, flossing daily, using mouth rinse daily, and yet you are still noticing that your smile is beginning to yellow. This is completely normal. In fact, it is a reality that your teeth will inevitably begin to yellow over time. However, you can now get your pearly whites back to their shining selves with whitening treatments. While it may be tempting to purchase over the counter whitening treatments we are here to encourage you to opt for professional whitening treatments instead.

TOP 3 REASONS TO OPT FOR PROFESSIONAL WHITENING SERVICES OVER AT HOME WHITENING PRODUCTS:

1. The Ingredients of the Whitening Product

According to the ADA, treatments at your dentist’s office contain carbamide and/or hydrogen peroxide as their primary bleaching agent. Unlike at-home whitening kits, which contain low-dose bleaching agents, professional in-office whitening procedures are carefully monitored and contain a higher concentration of bleaching gel.

2. Fast Results

Due to the higher concentration of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, patients can see results within days.

3. Professional Supervision and Recommendations

According to the ADA, everyone considering a whitening treatment should have a dental examination to ensure their gums and teeth are healthy enough for bleaching, and in order to determine whether their type of staining or discoloration can be improved. Tooth discoloration may be caused by a specific underlying disease or condition that requires another type of treatment. In addition, some bleaching materials can affect filling material you may already have in your front teeth and result in a color mismatch.

Having a trained staff member involved is an important advantage when selecting professional whitening treatments to ensure the procedure is done properly.

Opting for Professional Teeth Whitening

Ready to learn more or book your appointment for professional teeth whitening? Contact us today, we’d love to help! Call: 612-379-2428

SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT – HOW DR. FROEBER CAN HELP

Sleep apnea and insomnia are both recognized sleep disorders that can leave you feeling fatigued throughout the day. However, did you know that insomnia might actually be caused by sleep apnea? In fact, many people with insomnia have symptoms caused by sleep apnea including frequent urination during the night (nocturia), dry mouth, morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, and snoring. If you have been diagnosed with insomnia or are experiencing symptoms of insomnia ask your physician to be tested for sleep apnea, this may be the underlying cause of your sleepless nights.

WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?

Sleep apnea is a physical condition that occurs when an individual’s breathing is obstructed and interrupted throughout the night. According to the Mayo Clinic, sleep apnea can be broken down into three types:

Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax. This type of sleep apnea is normally caused by excess weight and is linked to many medical conditions.

Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

COMMON SLEEP APNEA TREATMENTS

CPAP – The most common treatment

Surgery to Reduce or Eliminate Excess Throat Tissue

Weight Loss

Positional Therapy – Changing your sleep position

TREATING SLEEP APNEA – HOW DR. FROEBER CAN HELP WITH AN ORAL APPLIANCE

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Dr. Froeber specializes in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. In fact, your mouth and its appearance inside may be one of the first telltale signs that you are experiencing sleep apnea. Dr. Froeber will visually scan your mouth for signs and will discuss your symptoms. Bruxism (grinding of the teeth) is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea. A small jaw, tongue with rough edges, and throat redness are also oral health signs of sleep apnea.

With every new patient, Dr. Froeber performs a comprehensive exam, including an assessment of sleep quality. If a sleep disorder is suspected, she will recommend tests in order to investigate, diagnose, and determine appropriate treatment options. If diagnosed with sleep apnea and deemed the appropriate method, Dr. Froeber will treat the patient with Oral Appliance Therapy. These dental devices, which are much like a mouthguard, gently move the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue from blocking the main air passage.

Suffering from sleep apnea or suspect you might be? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Froeber today: 612-379-2428

CHOOSING THE BEST LOCAL DENTIST – WHY DENTIST REVIEWS MATTER

When it comes to choosing a new dental office, do the dentist reviews really matter? Of course they do! In fact, before selecting a new dentist you should thoroughly do your homework by looking at what others have had to say about them. Many of us check Yelp before visiting a new restaurant, why shouldn’t you do the same before visiting a new dental office?

Trust the Dentist Reviews – Your Teeth Will Thank You

Oral hygiene is extremely important and your trip to the dentist should be something you look forward to, not dread. Choosing the right dentist is key to having a great experience every visit. Can you imagine actually looking forward to your upcoming teeth cleaning? Yes, this is possible, in fact, most of our patients at Froeber Dentistry are excited to come in for their appointments. Be sure to check out our article “Dentist Reviews – Learn More About What Others Have to Say About Dr. Froeber” to read what real patients have said about visiting Froeber Dentistry. When your trip to the dentist is a positive experience you will be more likely to come in for your appointment and your teeth will thank you for making it to your regular visits.

Our Staff – Responsible for Making Your Experience Great

Our incredible staff is what sets us apart from other clinics. Not only is Dr. Froeber an amazing dentist who treats you like a person first and a patient second. Everyone at Froeber Dentistry truly loves their job and it shows! The first time you walk into our clinic you will immediately be able to see how happy our entire team is. Happy staff equals happy patients.

Want to read more reviews to learn more about Froeber Dentistry? Visit us on Google and Facebook.

DENTIST REVIEWS – LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT DR. FROEBER

Whether you have moved to a new area or are simply looking to find a dentist who is a better fit for your needs, you have likely found yourself turning to Google in efforts to find dentist reviews, searching for the best dentist near you. Sound familiar? Let us make this a bit easier for you by compiling a list of some recent patient reviews. 

Learn a bit more about what others have had to say about Froeber Dentistry by reading some real patient reviews:

“Patti and her team are above accommodating. I wish they were in the city where I grew up, I never would have had a fear of the dentist. Sunglasses to avoid the light, headphones to avoid the noise, blankets if you are cold, and coconut lip stuff for the winter when you have to keep your mouth open. When a new patient, you take a quiz also that informs the team how to better serve you, and they truly look through your feedback. The team is kind and welcoming and the best part is you get feedback. The cleaners tell you where they found more plaque or areas for you to focus on and how. I could go on but to wrap it up Froeber Dentistry is the place to go if you want a lasting healthy mouth. Might I add I have been cavity free since going there, and my teeth are stronger. With Patti’s help large dental bills are no longer in my future :)” 

“All the members of the team and Patti, always go the extra mile to make sure I’m comfortable. I really appreciate the little things like having an adapter available for my phone when I had forgotten it.”

“Great visit! Thanks for fixing my tooth. I cannot stop admiring how nice it looks! Wow! What a talented, positive team!”

“Always a great experience here with Dr. Froeber and her staff.  Each time I come in, I feel welcomed like I am coming home.  The staff is always cheerful and catches up on conversations from the previous visits.  The cleanings are thorough and any questions, or recommendations for care are always explained in an easy to understand manner.  I would highly recommend this practice to anyone looking for a dentist to exceed their expectations.”

“Everyone is accommodating and helpful. It’s so clear the work climate is healthy, because it spills right out into the patient care. I got so lucky to have connected with you all these years ago and I’d never think of going anywhere else.”

“There is a very positive vibe in the office and it comes right from Patti Froeber herself. I’m grateful to have such competent people to care for me.”

“Everyone in the office so friendly! I never mind coming to the dentist. And I feel I get such good care. Thanks everyone!”

“I never thought I’d say this, but: I really like my dentist. As a professional and as a person. Patti Froeber is knowledgeable, gentle, kind, and genuinely cares about her patients’ experience. When I first visited Patti, it was my first trip to a dentist in far too long. She worked with me to build a plan of care based on priority and my financial situation. She was patient with my (many) questions and explained everything so that I felt informed about what we were doing and why. I’ve now been seeing her for 3 years. I’m a pretty big Dr. Patti fan.”

“Everybody in the office had a great energy. Dr. Froeber has a positive attitude and was so fun to meet.” 

“Literally everyone I came in contact with was exceptional. There is still a part of me that does not believe that Froeber Dentistry is real and that I dreamt the entire experience.”

“Hygienist Ann is so gentle and pleasant. I truly appreciate her work! Teresa at the front desk was also warm, wonderful, and so efficient! Right on top of things. Great staff makes the difference too. They have consistently been an important part of my good experiences at Froeber.” 

“Everyone goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and cared for. Love that!” 

“The entire staff is pleasant, informed, happy and efficient. A great place and great dentistry. Could not recommend it more highly. Also in a very hip part of the city!”

We cannot express how important our patients are to us and we are always continuing to make customer service one of our top priorities. A big thanks to all of our amazing patients! Interested in booking an appointment at Froeber Dentistry after reading what others have had to say? Contact us today! Are you a current patient? Please tell us what you think!

WHAT IS GENTLE DENTISTRY?

Fear or phobia of the dentist is extremely common, as many of us immediately associate a visit to the dentist with negative thoughts such as pain and an uncompassionate dentist – thinking of you only as a patient, not a real person. With a gentle dentistry approach, you will find that your visit at Froeber is nothing to fear. 

Dr. Froeber approaches every patient with compassion and understanding, as her main goal is to give you the most positive experience. Hopefully, one day completely shifting your feelings of visiting the dentist to a completely positive experience, with nothing to fear.

The days of experiencing great discomfort while in that dental chair are over. Gentle dentistry aims to keep you comfortable throughout your entire visit.  

OUR APPROACH TO GENTLE DENTISTRY

Proper Training – Dr. Froeber is skilled and professionally trained to work with patients who may feel anxious or have phobia/s about visiting the dentist. She is skilled in communication to help ease any fears throughout your visit. Her kind voice and understanding nature will immediately help to relax the most nervous patient.

Updated Technology – We invest in new technologies that further help to keep every patient comfortable. The days of painful x-rays, for example, are no more with new technology that allows this to be a quick and painless process.

New Techniques – All of our techniques focus on the patient and their comfort. We aim to continually equip our staff with the best techniques for every procedure to ensure comfort during every visit.

Patient First Approach – We think of you first as a person. We are a group of compassionate and caring trained professionals that understand how scary a trip to the dentist may be. We care about how you feel.

Let us provide you with a gentle experience on your next trip to the dentist office. Learn more about Dr. Froeber and what sets her and her office apart from other clinics.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT FROEBER DENTISTRY

Far too many of us dread going to the dentist, but here at Froeber Dentistry, we are aiming to change that. We have a patient-focused approach and understand the common fears of going to the dentist and we do our best to ease any hesitations you have throughout your visit. At our office, you will find that we focus on the small details to keep our patients comfortable such as providing phone adapters/dongle so you can listen to your favorite music during your visit. You will also always be greeted by a friendly smiling face. Our staff truly enjoys their jobs and this will definitely show during your visit. We not only love what we do, but we truly care about our patients. Taking the time to get to know you and treat you as a person, not just a patient.

Not only do our top-notch customer service skills set us aside from other dental offices, but also we are conveniently located in Northeast Minneapolis (very close to the downtown area). Making it easy to get in for your regular preventative care visits.

YOUR FIRST VISIT AT FROEBER DENTISTRY

If you are planning your first visit to come see us you can expect only the best! On your first preventive care visit you can expect to be welcomed by a smiling face and will find that our friendly staff will ease any dental office fears you might have. 

Throughout this visit you can expect:

  • X-Rays – x-rays help us to see any possible underlying problems within the teeth or jawbones.
  • A Thorough Cleaning – a dental hygienist will scale below the gumline, removing built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Following this cleaning up with a polish and floss your teeth.
  • Oral Cancer Exam – on your visit you will receive an oral cancer exam, which includes a visual and physical (touching of the neck and face) exam. Learn more about oral cancer at home exams to utilize between your regular visits here (link to blog)
  • Full Examination of the Mouth – Dr. Froeber will thoroughly examine your mouth for any signs of disease or other issues.

Have more questions about what to expect at Froeber? Please call us at 612-379-2428

ORAL CANCER SCREENING – THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTATIVE CARE

When it comes to the prevention and treatment of oral cancer, preventative care is extremely important. Meaning, not only are you receiving a teeth cleaning on those regular visits, but you are also being screened for any signs of oral cancer.  These screenings are part of every preventative care visit, such as your 6-month teeth cleaning. On these visits, your dental professional will perform a visual scan of the mouth and throat for any abnormalities as well as an exterior scan. The dentist or hygienist will also visually examine the face and neck for discoloration, as well as examining for lumps or bumps.

AT HOME ORAL CANCER SCREENING

So, what do you do between these visits? On a monthly basis, everyone should screen their mouth, head, and neck area at home for any pre-cancerous symptoms.

Here are a few easy steps to screen for oral cancer at home:

  1. Using a flashlight, visually inspect the inside of the mouth and throat by suppressing the tongue and saying “ahhh” to inspect the back of the throat
  2. Pull cheeks and lips to the side or up to fully inspect these areas
  3. Using a piece of gauze pull the tongue up and/or to the side to fully inspect the tongue and the areas around/underneath it
  4. Touch, feel the inside of your cheeks, lips, palate, tongue and the floor of your mouth for any bumps or abnormalities
  5. Inspect the exterior of the lips, cheeks, and neck for any abnormal coloration
  6. Caress the neck for any lumps or bumps

If you do discover something that is abnormal during your at home examination be sure to contact your dentist and schedule an appointment to come in as soon as possible. Remember, early detection is the key to the success of treatment and management of all cancers.

ORAL CANCER SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR

Oral cancer awareness month is upon us and that means fully understanding the signs and symptoms to watch for. Even though your dentist does screen for oral cancer during your regular preventative care visits, it is important to know what to watch for in between appointments. Screening your mouth on a regular basis for signs and symptoms of cancer should be seen as a similar process to performing an at-home breast or prostate exam for early detection of any pre-cancerous changes. Early detection is the key to the successful treatment/management of all cancers.

UNDERSTANDING ORAL CANCER SYMPTOMS

Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth including the lips, tongue, cheeks, gums, salivary glands, larynx, sinuses, and in the throat.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR:

  • Persistent mouth sore/s
  • Pain in mouth or ear/s
  • Chronic hoarseness/sore throat or change in voice
  • Non-tender lump in the neck
  • Swellings/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth
  • The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
  • A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Ear pain
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Dramatic weight loss

WHO IS AT RISK FOR ORAL CANCER?

Anyone can be affected by oral cancer, but according to the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women.

There are also a number of risk factors that may increase your risk of developing oral cancer, including:

  • Smoking – Smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancers
  • Smokeless tobacco users – dip, snuff, or chewing tobacco products are 50 times more likely to develop cancers of the cheek, gums, and lining of the lips
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol – Oral cancers are about six times more common in drinkers than in non drinkers
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure, especially at a young age.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain HPV strains are risk factors for Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC)

Looking for more information on oral cancer? Learn more about oral screenings at home and the importance of preventative care here

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