April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral Cancer Awareness Month 2016

“Close to 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,575 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 48,250 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.” Oral Cancer Foundation

 

This is the harsh reality of oral cancer, a disease that is easy to diagnose, but often discovered too late.
The Facts: The death rate of oral cancer is higher than cancers we hear about more frequently, including cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid. In fact, there are more deaths from mouth cancer each year than there are from road accidents. If you expand the definition of oral and oropharyngeal cancers to include cancer of the larynx, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to approximately 54,000 individuals, and 13,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Worldwide the problem is much greater, with over 450,000 new cases being found each year.

The median age of diagnosis is 62 years old, with the highest percentage of deaths falling within the 55-64 age group. Oral cancer is more common in men than in women, with two men affected for every woman. And those with a history of tobacco or heavy alcohol use account for nearly 75% of all oral cancers diagnosed. Smokers are 6 times more likely than nonsmokers to develop mouth or pharyngeal cancer, and approximately 90% of people with oral cancer are tobacco users.  Over the past 10 years, its incidence has increased in the younger population due to increased contraction of human human papilloma virus (HPV), which is now considered the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer.

Signs and Symptoms: If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms that last for more than two weeks (14 days), you should consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist or doctor for a screening. Remember, early detection is critical.

  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth
  • A white or reddish patch on the inside of your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Difficult or painful chewing
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Sore throat

Get Involved: If you’d like to spread awareness this month and beyond, there are plenty of ways to do so.

 

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Oral Cancer Facts Infographic

It’s Earth Day!

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Let’s celebrate by doing our part and performing “Acts of Green” around Savannah and Coastal Georgia/South Carolina!

What are “Acts of Green”?

  • Reduce your Ecological Footprint (all of the biological materials consumed and all of the biological wastes generated by that person in a given year)
  • Buy local produce – Visit your local Farmer’s Market for seasonal produce!
  • End Junk Mail – It’s annoying and it negatively impacts the environment. Unsubscribe from any unnecesary direct mail you receive.
  • Recycle your E-Waste- Thousands of old electronics are tossed into landfills and pollute the environment. Make sure to recycle your electronics!
  • Stop using disposable plastic – Start by using refillable glasses.

For more ways you can help preserve our Earth, visit http://www.earthday.org/take-action/

Source: www.Earthday.org

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Because I Saw My Dentist

The Georgia Dental Association released a new campaign this month called “Because I Saw My Dentist” and features information on how regular dental visits can improve your quality of life, prevent and diagnose diseases and even save your life. The campaign encourages others to find a ‘dental home’ where they know your dental and health history and you can visit every six months for an exam and dental hygiene cleaning.

The campaign profiles real Georgia residents stories of how finding a dental home and visiting the dentist regularly improved their lives dramatically. Their stories are featured on becauseisawmydentist.com. The site also enables people to search for a GDA dentist near them.

Demetria Rhynes of Macon, GA credits a routine dental checkup with helping her catch an early multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Working with her dentist and referred specialist, she was diagnosed and treated early, leading to better outcomes and has allowed her to lead a normal life.

“Because I Saw My Dentist” is part of a larger Georgia Dental Association Action for Dental Health initiative to actively address hurdles to oral healthcare and improve oral health for all Georgia residents. For more information, visit becauseisawmydentist.com


 

SOURCE Georgia Dental Association

 

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 132 people, in the United States alone, will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer and one person will die from it every hour of every day.

Common names for oral cancer include: mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer and throat cancer. There are two main causes for oral cancer: tobacco and/or alcohol use and exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV). However, a small percentage of people do get oral cancer from an unidentified cause and genetics can contribute to your chances of an oral cancer diagnosis.

Symptoms to watch for include mouth sores that don’t heal, bleeding in the mouth, loose teeth, lump in the neck and pain or difficulty swallowing. When found at early stages, oral cancers have a 80-90% survival rate. Unfortunately, the majority are found as late stage cancer and account for a higher death rate. Awareness, prevention and oral cancer screenings can increase survival rates significantly. According to a Harris Interactive survey, 71% of Americans have not been examined by a medical professional for oral, head and neck cancer.

The Velscope oral cancer screening takes about two minutes to complete and is safe and comfortable for the patient. The Velscope device emits a safe, blue light that inspects the mouth and tongue and shows any abnormalities not visible to naked eye.

At Howard Family Dental, we perform FREE Velscope Oral Cancer Screenings at your regular hygiene cleanings. We believe it is essential to our patient’s health to provide annual oral cancer screenings for the best chance of early detection.

To learn more about oral cancer or how to schedule an appointment for a screening with a Howard Family Dental office near you, call (912)629-9000 or visit www.howardfamilydental.com.

Walk your way to healthier gums!

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April 6th is National Walking Day and celebrating is easy: Just lace up and go! ‪#‎AHALaceUp‬

Believe it or not, your dental health can affect your heart health too! In fact, many periodontists agree that there is a link between gum health and clogged arteries, heart disease, and an increased risk of heart attack. So a simple 30-minute walk each day will help your heart do its job better, but it might also make your gums healthier!

For more information, visit the American Heart Association here http://bit.ly/1qoJBXU

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11 Do’s And Don’ts for a Whiter Smile

When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) asked people what they would most like to improve about their smile, a whiter smile was the overwhelming response.  A whiter, brighter smile gives the impression of youth and good health. As we age, the outer enamel of the teeth gets thinner so that yellowish dentin shows through. Teeth become darker, yellow, and more stained. Certain foods and beverages also undermine a white smile by staining teeth.

The American Dental Association (AACD) and celebrity dentist Jonathan B. Levine, DMD, offer several suggestions for whiter teeth. Follow these tips to achieve a more dazzling, engaging smile.


1. Avoid foods and beverages that stain teeth. Coffee, red wine, cola, tea, and cranberry juice are the main offenders. Soy sauce and blueberries can also stain teeth.

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2. Drink staining beverages from a straw. Drinking from a straw reduces the amount of contact staining liquid has with teeth.

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3. Brush immediately after consuming a staining food or beverage.

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4. Rinse after eating acidic fruits to prevent erosion of tooth enamel which can make teeth stain more easily.

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5. Eat an apple or raw vegetable after consuming a staining food or beverage to help remove surface stains.

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6. Replace your toothbrush every three months to clean properly and floss to prevent stains between teeth.

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7. Avoid certain lipstick colors. Dr. Levine cautions that red with a blue undertone will highlight yellow tones in teeth. Try a medium coral instead.

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8. Choose off-white clothing. Dr. Levine also finds that bright white clothing near the face makes teeth appear more yellow. This is especially important for brides or anyone selecting an outfit for a photo session.

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9. Avoid smoking. Tar and nicotine cause significant yellowing.

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10. Consider cosmetic whitening. An overwhelming number of over-the-counter whitening toothpastes, gels, trays, and strips are on the market. While inexpensive, they are not as effective as in-office whitening because they remove stains rather than change the color of teeth. Also, the trays often fit poorly.

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11. Consult your dentist about in-office whitening. Bleach may not correct all discoloration issues. Some medications can cause discoloration. Yellow teeth respond better to bleaching than brown or gray teeth. Whitening may not be for you if you have caps, crowns, or fillings. If you are a candidate for whitening, your dentist can use stronger bleaching agents than over-the-counter products and may also use special light or laser. Your dentist can also send you home with properly fitted trays so you can maintain your new, whiter smile.

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Welcome Dr. Kellner to Hinesville!

Dr. Kellner

We are pleased to announce that Dr. James Kellner has joined our group at the Hinesville location, in addition to Dr. Thomas Cade. Dr. Kellner is originally from Schaumburg, Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and went on to earn his doctorate at Marquette University, School of Dentistry.

Dr. Kellner enjoys spending time skiing, playing tennis, soccer and strategy games. Dr. Kellner is looking forward to building relationships with his patients in Hinesville. He enjoys a variety of dental procedures, the people he gets to know and the ability to help improve the oral health of patients. His skills include: crowns, bridges, fillings, dentures, root canals, dental implants and periodontal therapy.

He began seeing patients on March 14th and will regularly see patients Tuesday-Friday. Howard Family Dental is located at 319H General Screven Way in Hinesville, Georgia. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. James Kellner or Dr. Thomas Cade, call (912) 368-6881.

Have you thought about Invisalign?

Invisalign offers a comfortable, convenient and confident approach to teeth alignment.  Our Pooler and Midtown offices will be hosting Invisalign Days this spring.

Drs. Lindsay Sammons and Jason Howard  (Pooler) and Dr. Julie Howard (Midtown Savannah) will be providing free consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten your teeth! If you have wondered if Invisalign is for you, make an appointment for this special event!

  • $500 off payment due at the time of service.
  • No down payment and 24 monthly payments at 0% interest for qualified patients.
  • Free teeth whitening and bleaching syringe once Invisalign treatment is complete.
  • Space is limited to the first 15 appointments.
  • All discounts apply to treatment started on the doctor’s designated Invisalign Day.

Please see below for a full list of Invisalign Days this spring. Please call the office to make your appointment!

  • March 17th – Dr. Jason Howard (Pooler)
    • 91 Brighton Woods Drive, Pooler – (912) 748-4858
  • March 25th – Dr. Lindsay Sammons (Pooler)
    • 91 Brighton Woods Drive, Pooler – (912) 748-4858
  • March 30th – Dr. Julie Howard (Midtown)
    • 533 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah – (912) 236-3557
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