Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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We screen all adult patients, with and without risk factors, twice a year using the newest in Oral Cancer screening technology, Velscope.  Screening with Velscope is easy and non-invasive.  It is able to detect dysplastic cells below the top layer.  This allows for early diagnosis, which can lead to early intervention and treatment. The major risk factors are: -Over 40 yrs old -Smoker – even social smokers are at risk -Chewing tobacco...

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The Three-Way Street

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Two decades of biomedical and dental detective work have linked obesity, diabetes, and periodontal (gum) disease. A triangular relationship – Obesity can intensify infections, such as periodontal (gum) disease, cytokines produced by fat cells are known to trigger insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes is known to increase the risk for periodontal disease.  New research suggests that periodontal disease can effect...

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INVADERS & the Body’s defenses

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Gum Disease illustrates how local infections may have systemic consequences. Infection and inflammation in the mouth have been linked to a variety of systemic conditions, including pregnancy complications, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.   Recent national media coverage spotlighting inflammation has spawned much interest in this topic. If infection in the gums not only precedes inflammation in the arteries, but encourages it....

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