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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

Quitting Chewing Tobacco

Chewing tobacco affects your dental health as well as the rest of your body. If you use smokeless tobacco and have thought about quitting, we can help. How do you kick the habit? We can help you kick your chewing tobacco habit. First, we can clean your teeth and treat the bad breath and puffy, swollen gums associated with tobacco use. Then, we may decide to recommend a variety of nicotine replacement therapies. These include transdermal nicotine patches or chewing gum to help wean addicted tobacco users. Nicotine patches are worn for 24 hours over several weeks, supplying a steady flow of nicotine. Four of the major brands are Habitrol, Nicoderm, Nicotrol, and Prostep. Throughout treatment, the amount of nicotine [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:30:10+00:00December 17th, 2019|Patient Education|Comments Off on Quitting Chewing Tobacco

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