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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

Smoking and Still Smiling?

Stop Smoking Today! Giving up smoking is crucial for oral health. If you've spent the time and effort to get your mouth and teeth in shape, then make sure you aren't forgetting about this extra bad habit. As if there isn't enough reason to give up smoking, your dental health suffers too. Dramatically. Aside from the tobacco stains on teeth (and the smell of bad breath), serious oral disease can develop. The evidence just keeps piling up. Gum Disease - Research is showing that the incidence of gum disease is increased in a smoker, even given good oral hygiene and the best dental habits. Nicotine appears to discourage the attachment of tissue to teeth that is vital to healthy gums. [...]

By |2019-12-31T19:14:22+00:00March 3rd, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Smoking and Still Smiling?

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