Dr. Ronan Freyne's Blog
November 12, 2017
Although it is a bleak reality, the fact remains that there are very few lives today that haven’t been touched by cancer in one way or another.
When cancer is brought up, people can relate to it because their mother, father, friend, or colleague has it or knows someone that has it. As much as you don’t want to think about it, it is important to consider the very realistic chance of you or a loved one having oral cancer, especially since there are so many risk factors that can contribute to the development of oral cancer.
Your dentist in Chevy Chase wants you to have the information you need to keep your mouth healthy. While many patients who develop oral cancer have a history of tobacco use and/or excessive alcohol consumption, a quarter of all cases occur in patients who have never engaged in these hazardous behaviors. Learn more about how you can avoid developing the disease in this week’s blog post.
October 13, 2017
Do you want to hear a secret? Dentists like candy too! In fact, some dentists have a sweet tooth to rival the most candy-crazy kids. The key to keeping your smile healthy and enjoying Halloween treats is to learn which candies to avoid and which are better for your smile. Then, just remember to consume candy and sweets in moderation. Most importantly, brush and floss daily and visit your preventive dentistry team regularly to ensure you maintain a healthy smile.
September 22, 2017
Are you among the 22 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea? If chronic snoring and interruptions in breathing are keeping you awake at night, you need an effective form of treatment from your dentist in Chevy Chase. However, you have yet to take the initiative to explore your options. As a result, you are not currently treating the disorder. Although you may believe that the only complications involve lack of sleep and daytime fatigue, you are also placing your overall health at risk. Without sleep apnea therapy, the condition will take a toll on your body.
September 12, 2017
The appearance of your smile is important to your self-esteem; however, if you are like one-third of adults, you probably do not like what you see in the mirror. When you suffer from alignment issues, the gaps and overcrowding can cause you to feel insecure. While you have considered orthodontics in the past, you do not want to spend the time or the money on braces. Instead, you see many DIY videos and tutorials online that offer the results you want. While it may seem like the perfect solution, it is best to visit your dentist for Invisalign in Chevy Chase to prevent causing irreversible damage to your teeth.
August 18, 2017
Preventive dental checkups are an essential part of personalized oral health care plans for every dental patient. During these visits, a general dentist is able to asses your current level of health, make recommendations to improve your smile, and create an ongoing plan to ensure you achieve and maintain your healthiest smile. The American Dental Association encourages dentists and patients to maintain a thorough preventive dentistry routine to avoid unnecessary tooth decay or oral health concerns and keep natural teeth whole and healthy for life.
August 8, 2017
Many people think they don’t have to replace a missing tooth, especially if it’s in the back. However, even one missing tooth can adversely affect oral health. Missing teeth allow surrounding teeth to shift out of their ideal alignment. Over time, the supportive gum tissue and jawbone are diminished, and this can lead to the loss of additional teeth. While traditional tooth replacement solutions only addressed the missing dental structure that’s visible above the gum line, dental implants are actually used to replace the root system of missing teeth. That makes dental implant supported tooth replacement an ideal option for many patients missing one or more teeth.