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What Is An Oral Cancer Screening & Why Do We All Need One?

Oral Cancer Screenings at the Dentist

An oral cancer screening is usually part of a normal dental exam, where your dentist inspects your face, neck, lips, and mouth to look for any signs of oral cancer.

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We all need one because close to 43,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. (Source: Oral Cancer Foundation).

Dentists are often the first line of defense against oral cancer, because they’re the ones that are looking in our mouths on what we hope is a regular every six month – or more frequent, depending on risk factors – rotation.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, in addition to April 13th-19th being National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. With that we’ll try to help lend some awareness to the cause by answering a couple of questions about what should be a normal part of our routine health care.

Oral cancer screenings are as important as cervical, prostate, breast and other exams cancer exams that are now so common to us all.

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month 2015

What’s Involved in an Oral Cancer Screening?

Most of us don’t always know what our dentists are talking about, never mind actually doing while we’re undergoing an occasional oral cancer screening or a relatively routine root canal.

This is especially true when they start asking questions that don’t seem so rhetorical but make it nearly impossible to answer with anything more than garbled gibberish as their hands poke & prod around our mouths.

Yet they still seem to know what we’re talking about!

Part of that time when our dentists are physically examining our mouths they are doing an oral cancer screening to look for potential precancerous warning signs and/or concerning existing evidence. Read More

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How Bad Does a Root Canal Really Hurt?

Root Canal FAQs…& Answers

Does a Root Canal Really Hurt?

In answer to the $64,000 question…do root canals really hurt, well no. Not really.

Well, not at all, really. Really, like not even at all.

It may sound like a trick your dentist is trying to play on you, but root canals actually relieve the pain!

Root canal therapy is actually a relatively painless procedure that affords you the opportunity to keep your natural tooth.

And that’s not just another dental myth.

Although many of us immediately panic when we hear the term, most fears about root canals are completely irrational or based on archaic root canal rumors from the Russian Gulags.

With today’s advancements in techniques, modern technology, & patient comfort, root canals can be as painless as a teeth cleaning. Read More

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Emergency Dental Visits Skyrocket After St. Patrick’s Day

Dental Emergencies as a Result of St. Patrick’s Day

Across the country on the day after St. Patrick’s Day, dentists see a 64% increase in emergency dental visits.

That’s a pretty big jump considering most of us aren’t bar brawling hooligans out to paint the town green…or are we?

Emergency Dental Visits Spike the Day After St. Patrick's Day

Why the Day After St. Patrick’s Day for So Many Emergency Dental Visits?

As if we really need to ponder that one.

The most obvious cause for St. Paddy’s day resulting in more emergency dental visits than any other day would most likely be one (or several) too many Jameson Juleps or green beers – accompanied of course with generally being out in public, and probably not erring on the side of discretion. Read More

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Untreated Tooth Decay In Kids Said to Be Declining

According to a report released last Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, cavities in preschoolers appear to be declining and fewer young children have untreated dental decay – here in the United States.

Children’s tooth decay is still a major problem, both here in the States and around the world.

CDC Report Children's Untreated Tooth Decay

Source: CDC/NCHS National Health & Nutrition Survey, 2011-12

As quoted in this NY Times article, Dr. Bruce Dye, the lead author of the past two C.D.C. reports on oral health, said that “only 10 percent of preschooler kids have untreated tooth decay.” Read More

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4 Reasons Dentists Are Sad to See February Go

4 Reasons Dentists Love February So Much

Why Do Dentists Love February So Much Anyway?

It’s not because President’s Day, or those week-long winter breaks for most schools giving parents a chance to catch up on those checkups.

February is the favorite month out of the year for dentists because of the dental health awareness theme throughout the entire month.

4 Reasons Dentists Love February

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Sound Oral Care: 5 Key Practices

5 Best Practices for Sound Oral Care

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Have you resolved to take your oral health more seriously after an excruciating bout with toothache?

If so, you are not alone.

Many people often only appreciate the benefits of a sound oral hygiene after battling an epic toothache and spending a fortune on dental procedures designed to minimize, if not eradicate the pain and discomfort.

Fortunately, you can easily keep dental woes at bay by keeping in mind the following oral hygiene basics: Read More

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