Friday, April 25, 2014

April & Oral Cancer Awareness: The Dental Connection!

With April drawing to a close, we wanted to take one final opportunity to reflect on Oral Cancer Awareness.  Nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and more than 8,000 die every year from the disease!  Regular dental visits to our office can be the first line of defense against oral cancer, by identifying early warning signs of the disease, or by helping you with preventive care tips to lower the chances of developing it.

While there is no way to predict exactly which individuals will get oral cancer, there are some potential causes you should know about--because in some causes, you can minimize these risk factors:

  • AGE. Most patients are over the age of 40.
  • TOBACCO.  All tobacco products increase the risk.
  • ALCOHOL.  Excessive consumption, especially in combination with tobacco use.
  • INFECTIONS.  Persistent viral infections, such as HPV16.
  • DIET.  Low consumption of fruits and vegetables increase the risk.

If you have any questions concerning oral cancer or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Allergies: The Dental Connection!

Spring brings many allergens not only to Oklahoma but all across the country.   With the awakening of the flowers and trees from a longer than usual Winter, noses are starting to be more sensitive to pollen and other allergens that are floating around.  As Spring continues to burst forth, we usually have an influx of patients that drop by with "sensitive" teeth. Although the teeth are mostly fine, quite often what happens is that some of the tooth roots lie in close proximity to the sinus cavity.  When the sinuses are inflamed and irritated due to Spring allergens, it can make teeth ache.

If you experience any of these dental sensitivities or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,