April is Oral Cancer Month

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

  • Tobacco
    smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars,
    snuff, chew, smokeless tobacco
  • Alcohol
    especially when you use tobacco at the same time
  • Exposure to HPV
    the sexually-transmitted, Human Papillomavirus (HPV16)
  • Other conditions that may promote oral cancer include:
    Physical trauma
    Infectious disease
    Poor oral hygiene
    Poor nutrition

Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • Red or white patches in mouth
  • Sores in mouth that do not heal within 14 days
  • Thick or hard lumps in mouth, throat, or neck
  • Roughened or crusted areas in or outside of mouth
  • Unexplained numbness or tenderness in head or neck
  • Ear pain that occurs on one side only
  • Hoarseness that lasts for a prolonged period of time
  • A sensation that something is stuck in your throat when swallowing

“VELscope” is the best non-invasive option for oral cancer screening.    We recommend a VELscope exam once per year for the low cost of $19.

Acid Erosion

Acid erosion is a type of tooth wear.  It is the most common chronic disease of children ages 5-17.  Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel that can proceed to the underlying dentin if not corrected.

The most common cause of erosion is from acidic foods and drinks.  Some of these foods are healthy such as fruit juices.  Citric acid is the culprit.

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Why is Water #1 for your teeth?

Water makes teeth stronger.

One of the easiest and most helpful things we can do for our teeth is to drink water with fluoride (nature’s cavity preventer).  Studies prove that cities with fluoride in their water have kids with fewer cavities than those without fluoridated water.

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FIVE FUN FACTS

1. People have been caring for their teeth for centuries!!!
First toothbrushes were made from twigs. The Egyptians used crushed eggshells to polish their teeth.

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Candy for the Troops

We are once again, preparing candy packages to support our troops at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, Ohio.

If you would like to join us by bringing a minimum of 25 pieces of candy, we will trade you for a free Spin Brush. Please bring your candy in by November 16, 2017.

Beware of Charcoal Toothpaste

We have had many questions recently about using charcoal toothpaste to achieve whitening.

Charcoal was used in the 1900’s to treat poisoning and overdoses. It was thought to absorb the toxins. However, using it to clean or whiten teeth can have poor oral effects.

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DENTAL CARE FOR SENIORS

The risk of cavities increases with age. This is due to dry mouth, which is a side effect of many prescription medications. What can you do about it?
1. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
2. Use a soft toothbrush and replace it every 3-4 months.
3. Use an electric toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis.

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Made in the USA

We are passionate about your health.  We want you to look and feel your best.  We also want you to have peace of mind about the quality of the craftsmanship you have invested in.

Recently, you may have read stories about dental crowns or bridges made in China that were found to contain high levels of lead.

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Do You Need an Affordable Dental Plan?

Did you know, that for $329 a year, per person over age 13, and $239 per person under age 13, you can cover most of your preventive dental needs for the year?  For some, this can be a large savings and may be a better option than what might be offered as traditional dental insurance.

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