Tuesday, April 24, 2018

HPV and Oral Cancer

How Common Are HPV-Related Cancers?

HPV is now associated with 9,000 cases of head and neck cancers each year in the United States, according to the CDC. It is four times more common in men than women. 

What Are the Symptoms of HPV-Related Head and Neck Cancers?

Signs and symptoms include:
  • A sore, or soreness or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • Red or white patches, or pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips
  • Lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your jaw or tongue
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
Some patients complain of a persistent sore throat, feeling like something is caught in their throat, hoarseness, a change in voice, earaches, pain when swallowing and unexplained weight loss. If you have any of these symptoms, let your dentist know, especially if you’ve had them for two weeks or more.

Where Do HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancers Develop?

HPV-positive head and neck cancers typically develop in the throat at the back of the tongue and near or in the folds of the tonsils, which makes them difficult to detect.

Although people with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of dying or having recurrence than those with HPV-negative cancers, early diagnosis is associated with the best outcomes. Regular dental check-ups that include an examination of the entire head and neck can be vital in detecting cancer early. 

Can the HPV Vaccine Help Prevent Head and Neck Cancer?

The CDC recommends that 11 to 12 year old boys and girls get two doses of HPV vaccine to prevent cervical and other less common genital cancers. It is possible that the HPV vaccine might also prevent head and neck cancers – since the vaccine prevents an initial infection with HPV types that can cause head and neck cancers – but the studies currently underway do not yet have sufficient data to say whether the HPV vaccine will prevent these cancers.
Article Source: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/hpv-and-oral-cancer
Photo Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/hpv-spread-having-sex-so-why-don-t-people-talk-n812421

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sunlight and Oral Cancer?

Let's face it, sunlight makes us feel better. We long for the sunshine when we've dealt with cloudy, rainy days. We easily associate sun exposure with skin cancer, but did you know the sun's rays can also cause lip cancer?

People who have jobs working outside are more prone to developing lip cancer and should use UV protection. The next time you are shopping for sunscreen, head on over to the chapstick area and choose one with good UV protection. Don't forget to choose the proper sunscreen levels for your small ones as well.

We want you to enjoy the summer months, but we also want you to be safe doing so. Small precautions such as UV chapstick can save you from weeks of painful therapy treatments. 

So go ahead and get excited to be outside, just make sure you are protected! Afterall, we want you to enjoy many more summers in the future as well!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This simple infographic breaks down the alarming stats and important information regarding oral cancer. Note that this infographic was designed in 2015. The death rate and overall statistics have increased every year since them.

Detection and prevention are your very best ways to steer clear of this prevalent cancer. You owe it to yourself and to your family members to stay vigilant and proactive with your semi-annual exams. Most dental insurance plans pay 100% of preventative care. 

Let's work together to keep you and your family healthy and happy!

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Photo Source: OralCancerFoundation.org

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. We will be sharing several tips and informational articles throughout the month because we care about your health and your future. Oral cancer is increasing every year. We want to be part of your oral health care team and help inform you to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family members.

Did you know that Dr. Clark and our team members screen for oral cancer every time you come for your a six-month checkup? It may not seem like much, but this simple exam could save your life.

According the guidelines of the American Dental Association, the simple exam includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, the front part of your tongue, the floor of your mouth and the roof of your mouth, including your tonsils, the back section of your tongue and where your tongue attaches to the bottom of your mouth. Dr. Clark will also feel your jaw and neck for any lumps or abnormalities.

If for any reason you have a lump or sore that will not heal after two weeks, please do call us immediately. Your life could depend upon it!

Call to schedule your semi-annual exam today!
(541) 451-1440