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What You Should Know About Oral Cancer

October 17, 2014

78188806Oral cancer can develop in any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, sinuses, and throat. Risk factors for developing oral cancer include excessive use of tobacco products or alcohol and the contraction of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Treatment is available, but oral cancer can be deadly if not detected and treated early.  Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer with 42,000 new cases reported each year. The earlier oral cancer is detected and treated, the better the survival rate. During a routine checkup, about 10% of patients may have an abnormality discovered that should be tested for oral cancer. The dentist may take tissue for testing or send you to a specialist. Dr. Ruff performs oral cancer screenings as part the regular checkup for Fayetteville, NC patients. Oral cancer screenings are just one of the many reasons you should visit Dr. Ruff at Ascot Aesthetics regularly.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

During an oral cancer screening, the dentist examines the inside of your mouth as well as your head and neck for any unusual lumps, bumps, swelling, growths or discoloration. Common symptoms include white or red patches in your mouth or on your lips, repeated bleeding from the mouth or throat, and difficulty swallowing or persistent hoarseness. Growths or sores in the mouth that last longer than two weeks and won’t go away should be examined immediately. The leading cause of oral cancer is the HPV virus. HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers typically develop in the throat at the base of the tongue and near or on the tonsils, making them difficult to detect without regular examinations. Although HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers are often diagnosed at a later stage, people with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of dying or having recurrence than those with HPV-negative cancers.

Oral Cancer Detection in Fayetteville, NC

If oral cancer is detected, treatment options include a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy depending on the stage of development of the cancer. Patients treated in early stages may have little in the way of post-treatment disfigurement. However, for those whose cancer is caught at a later stage, the results of surgical removal of the disease may require reconstruction of portions of the oral cavity or facial features, adjunctive therapy required to assist in speech and chewing foods, problems associated with the lack of salivary function, as well as the fabrication of dental or facial prostheses. For all these reasons and more it’s vitally important to schedule regular dentist visits. Contact Dr. Ruff at Ascot Aesthetics today for your next appointment. Dr. Ruff proudly serves patients in Fayetteville, NC Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.

Take A Look At Our Smile Gallery!

September 17, 2014

94298352There is no doubt that we are very happy and proud of the amazing dental work our practice puts out every day. At Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, we strive to make our customers as comfortable as possible while also taking care of their individual needs in a caring and understanding manner. Dr. Angela Ruff as well as our entire dental staff wants our prospective patients to see the amazing work we do, which is why we invite you to take a look at our amazing smile gallery.

In our smile gallery, you are able to see the stellar smile transformations we did on implants supported dentures, composite veneers, implant crown and bridge, porcelain veneers, bleaching, esthetic crown lengthening, and Maryland bridges. With the implants supported dentures, our patients’ smiles are completely transformed into beautiful, flawless rows of teeth. Composite veneers are used to treat minor smile flaws, such as slight misalignments, gaps, chips, and cracks. The implant crown and bridge, bleaching, and esthetic crown lengthening is where you may see some of the most dramatic smile transformations, taking smiles that are in serious dental need to smiles that everyone will envy!

Porcelain veneers, crowns, bleaching, and bridges are amazing examples of how a smile can go from miniscule to full. Replacing missing teeth, making your smile better, and whitening your smile are ways that Dr. Ruff and our staff are able to give you back the confidence you may have lost feeling unhappy with your smile! We hope by taking a look at our smile gallery that you will see the amazing potential your smile has, and we look forward to you making an appointment at our Fayetteville, NC dental office.

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. We are happy to take care of all of your general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs! Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Tackle your Halitosis Today with Dr. Ruff

August 15, 2014

shutterstock_137989865One of the most embarrassing things a person can have is bad breath. There are many people that consider a smile a first impression, and when you are met with bad breath, it can make a lasting impression, but not a positive one. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, has the potential to negatively affect the way you feel about yourself as well as your interaction with the people around you. Thankfully, Dr. Angela Ruff is able to help you with your halitosis at her Fayetteville, NC dental office.

One of the main causes of halitosis is not practicing proper oral hygiene. Though brushing and flossing every day may seem simple enough, it can really have an impact on your entire mouth as well as your body, not just your teeth. When the bacteria in your mouth are left to sit and fester, it has the potential to allow the bacteria to grow and affect the scent of your breath. Brushing and flossing every day is crucial in eliminating the harmful bacterium in your mouth that causes bad breath. If you are unsure as to whether or not you may be suffering from halitosis, a couple of symptoms including a constant bad taste in your mouth and continuous dry mouth.

A couple of ways that you can be sure to keep your halitosis in check aside from brushing and flossing every day is by having a dental checkup every six months with Dr. Ruff. During the appointment, she will be able to look at your mouth as a whole, and look for any signs of decay and deterioration. Also, investing in an antibacterial mouthwash is sure to help with your bad breath. The mouthwash will be able to kill more of the leftover bacteria in your mouth that brushing and flossing did not get rid of. If you feel as though you are suffering from halitosis and would like Dr. Ruff’s help, contact our office today, and we would love to help!

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. We are happy to take care of all of your general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs! Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

More Relaxed Dental Visits with Sedation Dentistry

July 18, 2014

shutterstock_110076917One of the most interesting things about people is the kinds of fears they have. Some people are afraid of heights while others are afraid of spiders. Though it may seem irrational to some, every person is unique in that way. One fear that many people share is a fear of the dentist. They may not like the sounds or equipment associated with a dental visit, and it can prevent them from having the dental work they need done. For those who have a fear of the dentist, Dr. Angela Ruff is able to put their fears to rest by offering sedation dentistry to her patients.

We have a few options for our patients when it comes to which sedation they would prefer. The first is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. With this form of sedation, we simply put a mask over your nose, and you breathe in an oxygen and nitrous oxide mixture. This will be able to relax you, and you will not feel any pain. The effect of the sedation goes away once the mask is removed, so you are free to go about your day. The second option we have is oral sedation, which involves taking a series of pills prior to your appointment. You will remain awake while your dental work is being performed, and will experience deep relaxation. You will need to have a trusted love one bring you home after your appointment, as the effects of the sedation will still be active.

We also offer IV sedation for our patients that experience severe anxiety when at a dentist’s office. We will administer the right amount of sedation according to your anxiety level, all the while keeping your physical safety in mind. When you are under the effects of the sedation, we will closely monitor your blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate.

If you feel as though you can benefit from sedation dentistry, contact Dr. Ruff and schedule a consultation. We want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible when visiting our office, and we would love to help!

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. We are happy to take care of all of your general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs! Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Dental Myths Uncovered!

June 13, 2014

shutterstock_152294933Do you ever feel as though someone is pulling your leg regarding a certain issue, and all you want is the truth? Well, unfortunately, not knowing and being in the dark about answers to something can be frustrating, no matter what the topic is. Although many may not know this, but there are a lot of common dental myths that people are misinformed about. Let us clear some of those misconceptions up, that way you can be rightfully informed concerning you and your smile.

One common dental myth is that bleaching your teeth makes them weaker. When you want to whiten your smile, you should not have to worry about the structure of your teeth, and luckily, this myth is false. Whitening agents only affect the color of your teeth, not their health or their strength. Granted, the side effects to bleaching your teeth may include sensitivity and irritated gums, but the internal structure of your smile has not been compromised.

Another dental myth is that brushing your teeth is a bad idea if your gums are bleeding. Sure, it seems like a good idea not to brush your teeth if your gums are bleeding, but it is actually the opposite of what you would want to do. When your gums are bleeding, it means that plaque and other things, like food particles, are irritating them, and they need to be removed to stop the bleeding. Your gums may also bleed if your floss too violently, so be sure to take excellent care of them as to prevent the bleeding from starting.

There are many other dental myths that need straightening out, so be sure to keep yourself as well informed as possible. That way, you are not only able to take better care of your smile, but your body as well!

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. We are happy to take care of all of your general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs! Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Dental Checkups Can Save Your Smile!

May 13, 2014

shutterstock_149625803With certain things in life, there is maintenance involved. Plants need to be watered, clothes need to be washed, etcetera. The same goes for your teeth, and at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, we stress the importance of taking care of your teeth, which is why routine checkups are so important. When you take care of your teeth, there is no doubt you are on the road to excellent dental health.

We recommend having a dental checkup every six months. During the checkup, Dr. Angela Ruff and our experienced team will be able to fully assess your smile, and look for potential problems. Routine checkups allow us to see if you have any early signs of cavities, gum disease, and other issues. We will be able to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth, leaving your mouth clean and fresh.  Though brushing and flossing your teeth are excellent ways of maintaining a beautiful smile, we will be able to tackle the areas that a toothbrush can’t reach. If during your checkup we detect signs of gum disease, we may request you come in every three months so we can take care of the issue before it gets worse.

Children’s teeth are just as important, if not more, than an adult’s, so we are sure to take excellent care of them when they come in for their checkup. We provide our youngest patients with dental sealants, fluoride treatments, making sure their smile has the change to stay beautiful and healthy!

If you’re due for a dental checkup, make an appointment, and we will be glad to help you achieve excellent oral health!

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

What Is Fluorosis?

April 21, 2014

If you want to have a healthy smile, fluoride is important. That’s why it’s the active ingredient in most toothpaste brands and why it’s been added to most water supplies. Fluoride attracts minerals that will help your enamel stay strong in the face of bacteria and plaque.

But it is possible to get too much of a bad thing, and the same is true with fluoride. Too much fluoride can result in a condition called fluorosis. With this fluorosis, patients end up with small white streaks on the enamel of their teeth. Or, instead of streaks, some patients end up with discoloration of brown markings. Once there, these stains are permanent and may even get darker over time.

To get rid of the streaks or stains caused by fluorosis, we recommend a cosmetic dentistry service like porcelain veneers. With porcelain veneers from Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, patients can hide the blemishes that are keeping them from smiling with complete confidence.

Have you noticed specks or streaks on your teeth? Dr. Angela Ruff will be happy to look at your smile and see if you’re struggling with fluorosis. If you are, she will work with you to improve how your teeth look. If you have any questions about the treatment she recommends, don’t hesitate to ask.

Dr. Ruff is happy to offer cosmetic care to patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County. Call us today for an appointment.

Your Smile Needs Vitamins and Minerals

April 17, 2014

vitamins and mineralsYou know vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and wellbeing, but do you know how they can specifically help your smile? We’d like to spend today’s blog post looking at that question.

Some of the most essential vitamins and minerals for your smile include:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B2, B3, and B12
  • Vitamin D

To enjoy good oral health, make sure that you’re eating foods that will expose you to each of these.

Dairy items like milk, cheese, and yogurt are high in calcium. A patient who doesn’t get enough calcium may be more susceptible to oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay. These same foods are also high in vitamin B12, which can prevent mouth sores. Meanwhile, a vitamin C deficiency can eventually lead to bleeding gums and loose teeth. You can find vitamin C in foods like sweet potatoes, raw red peppers, and oranges.

To make sure you get the vitamins and minerals necessary for good oral and overall health, we recommend eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and foods high in protein. We also recommend brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride. This active ingredient helps strengthen teeth by attracting vitamins and minerals essential for strong enamel.

Do you have questions about how vitamins and minerals can help your smile? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Periodontal Therapy for Fayetteville and Beyond

March 11, 2014

periodontal therapyOne of the most common oral health problems a person can face is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. A majority of adults over 35 struggle with periodontal disease in some capacity. It’s also the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease results from the buildup of bacteria and plaque around the gums. When this buildup occurs, the sensitive gum tissue becomes irritated, causing a range of symptoms—many of which go unnoticed for far too long. The most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Gum recession, or gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between the gum and tooth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bite changes
  • Change in the fit of partial dentures

During every general checkup at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, Dr. Angela Ruff will look for these symptoms. Giving patients attentive, personalized care means looking closely for these telltale signs as often as possible.

What if Dr. Ruff finds one of these symptoms?

That’s where periodontal therapy comes in. With personalized periodontal therapy, Dr. Ruff can help you treat your symptoms before they have time to worsen. Treating periodontal disease early is important; if left untreated, it can have a powerful impact on oral health, but it can also have a serious impact overall health.

A range of health conditions have been linked to periodontal disease, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pre-term or low birth weight

Are you experiencing any symptoms of periodontal disease? Call Ascot Implants & Dentistry to schedule a consultation appointment with us. Dr. Ruff offers personalized periodontal therapy to patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.

Teeth Whitening for Fayetteville and Cumberland County

March 4, 2014

Out of all the cosmetic dentistry services offered at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, few are as popular at teeth whitening. Professional whitening lets patients reverse the staining caused by coffee, tea, red wine, and so many other kinds of commonly consumed drinks and foods. Aging also plays a role in the formation of stains, as does tobacco and some medications.

teeth whiteningTo treat stains, Dr. Ruff offers effective care with custom bleaching trays and a supply of professional-strength whitener. With your trays and your whitener, you can complete your teeth whitening treatment in the comfort of your own home.

Achieving a whiter smile is as simple as wearing your trays for about 30 minutes a day over the course of a few weeks. Typically, it takes 7 to 10 days to see results. While you whiten, you can take care of some chores around the house or just relax in front of the TV or with a book. If you need to touch-up your smile with future teeth whitening treatments, the process works the same way.

And what if teeth whitening alone doesn’t give you the results you’ve dreamed of? Dr. Ruff would be happy to recommend a secondary service, like porcelain veneers, to give you extra help. Some patients need multiple services to get exactly what they want.

A Whiter Smile in A Few Days

Our Fayetteville office is committed to creating beautiful smiles. Do you have questions about teeth whitening and how it can help you? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry today. During a consultation appointment with Dr. Ruff, we can talk to you about your goals, your options, and what will work best for your specific needs.

We serve patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.

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