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Alcohol and Your Health…

Just the Facts There's so much conflicting information regarding drinking alcohol blasting at us these days. A glass of red wine is good? Is even drinking at all a good idea? It's a matter of proportion. The facts are these. First, alcohol affects women more than men. Because men tend to be heavier in muscle mass, their bodies can process slightly more alcohol with fewer negative consequences than women's. But there's something else: the amount of an enzyme known as gastric alcohol dehydrogenase that's produced. Women naturally produce less of this than men and, thus, are less likely to break down alcohol. Because of this difference, it's important that women take extra caution with alcohol consumption. It's a fact that [...]

By |2022-07-12T16:34:33+00:00August 2nd, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on Alcohol and Your Health…

Tired? Do You Sleep Soundly?

Live your dream of a good night's sleep Good sleepers have a routine that doesn't change, even on weekends: lights out at the same time, alarm buzzing at the same time. They don't use caffeine late in the day or rely on alcohol or sleeping pills at bedtime. They exercise daily and start relaxing two hours before bedtime. About half of all people over the age of 65 report that they used to experience a well night's rest, but now they do not. It could be lack of exercise, less exposure to natural light, changes in diet or in the body's production of sleep-regulating chemicals, or plain old pain. For women, add menopause. The buzz on snoring and sleep apnea [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:58:30+00:00September 28th, 2021|Snoring & Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Tired? Do You Sleep Soundly?

Update on Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world and strikes over 43,000 people each year in America. Over the past 30 years, survival rates have only increased from 45 percent to 54 percent, with survival rates lower among African Americans and people under 40. In a recent poll, the National Institute of Dental Research found that a sizable population understood the causes and early signs of oral cancer. Along with genetic disposition, risk factors include smoking or chewing tobacco, regular alcohol consumption, and excessive exposure to the sun. Because early detection is essential to improving survival rates, any of the following warning signals should prompt an immediate oral examination: viral or fungal infection sores that don't seem [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:18:54+00:00April 13th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on Update on Oral Cancer

On Guard Against Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world, it kills about one-third of those diagnosed with it, and 28,000 new cases occur each year. And over 25% of oral cancers occur in people who don't smoke or have other lifestyle risk factors. Now that we've got your attention—there's hope. Trouble Spots—Oral Lesions Are there any red or white spots you haven't noticed before? Maybe you've taken a wait-and-see approach to a small sore you found last week. Any unexplained swelling? Discoloration that doesn't hurt a lick? Come on in; we need to see what you see. Most oral lesions, as we call them, are harmless. A piece of crusty French bread with dinner can scratch delicate tissues. [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:54:25+00:00October 20th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on On Guard Against Oral Cancer

Alcohol and Your Teeth

Dentally speaking, is drinking alcohol a good thing or a bad thing for your teeth and gums? As with everything alcohol-related, there are positives and negatives. On one hand, a mixer-free shot of vodka is probably less hazardous than caramel candies, which coat the teeth with a sticky goo that practically begs for cavities. On the other hand, every kind of alcohol—most notoriously drinks with sugary mixes—is chock-full of their own types of sugar. Sugar is the main source of energy for plaque bacteria, and these bacteria are the villains that cause tooth decay. As plaque bacteria process sugar, they produce a variety of acids as metabolic by-products; some of these acids go to work immediately to dissolve the teeth. [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:17:02+00:00May 19th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Alcohol and Your Teeth

Oral Cancer Facts and Screening

How common and how serious is oral cancer? Oral cancer, the sixth most common cancer, accounts for about 3.6 percent of all cancers diagnosed, with roughly 40,000 new cases reported annually in the United States. The vast majority of these cases occur in people older than 45 years, with men being twice as likely as women to develop the disease. The most frequent oral cancer sites are the tongue, the floor of the mouth, and soft palate tissue areas in back of the tongue, lips, and gums. If not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, the cancer can spread, leading to chronic pain, loss of function, irreparable facial and oral disfigurement following surgery, and even death. All general dentists [...]

By |2019-07-25T15:56:31+00:00August 13th, 2019|Patient Education|Comments Off on Oral Cancer Facts and Screening