Early Oral Cancer Detection Helps Save Lives

Posted by FountainSquareCosmeticDentalGroup | Filed under , , , , ,

Most patients have no detectable symptoms during the early stages of oral cancer, but with routine dental check ups we can help you find signs and and review symptoms that might indicate oral cancer.  In the United States alone, over 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year.  While early detection boosts the survival rate to 80-90%, many times the diagnoses doesn't happen until the cancer has progressed.  For the month of April we are trying to get the awareness of oral cancer out to our patients to help that survival rate go up.  Listed below are some signs and symptoms that you can watch for yourself:

  • Patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue, usually red and white in color
  • Mouth ulcers that do not go away
  • A sore that does not heal
  • A swelling in the mouth that persists for over three weeks
  • A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of the mouth
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Loosening teeth (tooth) for no clear reason
  • Dentures don't fit properly
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Sore throat
  • A sensation that something is stuck in your throat
  • Painful tongue
  • A hoarse voice
  • Pain in the neck that does not go away

If you have some of these symptoms you should see your doctor/dentist.  There are many other conditions and diseases with similar symptoms, but it doesn't hurt to check.


             

Please visit this link to read about an oral cancer survivor:

www.butlerfirststep.org/2012/06/oral-cancer-survivor-impacts-students/ 

Early Oral Cancer Detection Helps Save Lives

Posted by FountainSquareCosmeticDentalGroup | Filed under , , , , ,

Most patients have no detectable symptoms during the early stages of oral cancer, but with routine dental check ups we can help you find signs and and review symptoms that might indicate oral cancer.  In the United States alone, over 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year.  While early detection boosts the survival rate to 80-90%, many times the diagnoses doesn't happen until the cancer has progressed.  For the month of April we are trying to get the awareness of oral cancer out to our patients to help that survival rate go up.  Listed below are some signs and symptoms that you can watch for yourself:

  • Patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue, usually red and white in color
  • Mouth ulcers that do not go away
  • A sore that does not heal
  • A swelling in the mouth that persists for over three weeks
  • A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of the mouth
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Loosening teeth (tooth) for no clear reason
  • Dentures don't fit properly
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Sore throat
  • A sensation that something is stuck in your throat
  • Painful tongue
  • A hoarse voice
  • Pain in the neck that does not go away

If you have some of these symptoms you should see your doctor/dentist.  There are many other conditions and diseases with similar symptoms, but it doesn't hurt to check.


             

Please visit this link to read about an oral cancer survivor:

www.butlerfirststep.org/2012/06/oral-cancer-survivor-impacts-students/ 

Single-sided Deafness and Your Mouth - A New Device!

Posted by FountainSquareCosmeticDentalGroup | Filed under , ,

Single Sided Deafness (SSD) is either significant or total hearing loss in just one ear. SSD is usually a permanent condition and every year there are approximately 200 new cases of SSD per million inhabitants in the world. There is no cure for permanent Single Sided Deafness, however, there are treatments available which can restore the sensation of hearing to the deaf side. There are two main treatment options available for SSD – the BAHA (a bone anchored hearing device) and the CROS aid (Contralateral Routing Of Signal) -see below.
                                                                        
   

                  (BAHA)                                           (CROS) 

There is now a new device (shown below) that has been approved to restore single-sided deafness that involves your teeth and mouth.  It helps conduct sound directly through the bones and teeth.  Not only are your teeth important for chewing up your food but they are now an anchor to hold this device in your mouth.  Isn't it amazing how much your teeth and mouth can contribute to the rest of your body? 

  For more information on this device, just click on one of these links:

http://www.ada.org/news/6128.aspx  or www.sonitusmedical.com/product/technology.cfm

Spotlight on Oral Cancer

Posted by FountainSquareCosmeticDentalGroup | Filed under , ,

This month the American Dental Association is shining a spotlight on oral cancer. One reason they want to increase the awareness of oral cancer is because 2/3 of the time, oral cancer is discovered in the late stages, with a 5-year survival rate of only 30%. The second reason for this increased awareness is that more cases of oral cancer are caused by exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV), specifically the HPV-16 strain. This is the same sexually transmitted virus that is the main cause of cervical cancer in women; however oral cancer is far more common.

Regular dental visits where an oral cancer screening or exam is performed are the best hope for early detection. If we can detect oral cancer in the early stages, the 5-year survival rate significantly improves to 80% to 90%.

In the month of April the American Dental Association and the Oral Cancer Foundation are joining together and offering free oral cancer screenings in select cities. Check the Oral Cancer Foundation website at http://oralcancerfoundation.org/events/oral-cancer-awareness-month.html to find a free screening near you.

The two distinct risk factors for developing oral cancer are tobacco and alcohol use. The most important thing that you can do is visit your dentist regularly and have them conduct an oral cancer exam at least once a year. Our office routinely performs this exam at all of your prophylaxis appointments. You don’t even have to ask!