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Patient Newsletter & Education Updates

Instead of our former biweekly e-newsletter, we use Facebook posts, Twitter tweets and the occasional e-mail or blog to provide up-to-date practice information and the latest dental health care news, stories and humor .  If you have any suggested topics for these communications, you can contact us from our website or respond when you recieve an e-mail.   

Online Dental Education Library

Our team strives to improve your health and quality of life by focusing on the preventiion, diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated with your teeth and gums. To supplement our personal care and practice newsletter, we purchased access to an online dental education library to help you learn more about dental problems and available treatments.  To access its content, just click on the selections near the top or on the left side of this page.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about dental health care!  Your increased dental knowledge will help us have a more effective partnership in meeting *your* dental health care needs. 

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers today and has one of the lowest survival rates, with thousands of new cases being reported each year. Fewer than half of all people diagnosed with oral cancer are ever cured.

Moreover, people with many forms of cancer can develop complications—some of them chronic and painful—from their cancer treatment.  These include dry mouth and overly sensitive teeth, as well as accelerated tooth decay.

If oral cancer is not treated in time, it could spread to other facial and neck tissues, leading to disfigurement and pain.

Older adults over the age of 40 (especially men) are most susceptible to developing oral cancer, but people of all ages are at risk.

Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, but the tongue appears to be the most common location. Other oral structures could include the lips, gums and other soft palate tissues in the mouth.

Warning Signs

In general, early signs of oral cancer usually occur in the form of lumps, patchy areas and lesions, or breaks, in the tissues of the mouth. In many cases, these abnormalities are not painful in the early stages, making even self-diagnosis difficult.

Here are some additional warning signs:

  • Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing.
  • Unusual bleeding or persistent sores in the mouth that won't heal.
  • Lumps or growths in other nearby areas, such as the throat or neck.

If a tumor is found, surgery will generally be required to remove it. Some facial disfigurement could also result.

Prevention

Prevention is the key to staving off oral cancer. One of the biggest culprits is tobacco and alcohol use. Certain kinds of foods and even overexposure to the sun have also been linked to oral cancer. Some experts believe certain oral cancer risk factors are also hereditary.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best defenses against oral cancer. Maintaining good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups, are highly recommended.