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Get Screened For Oral Cancer

April 26th, 2017

WHEN PEOPLE GO TO THE DENTIST, it’s generally because they have a toothache, they need some dental work done, or they want to get their teeth cleaned. But this month being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we want to emphasize more than ever how important regular, twice-yearly dental exams are. Of course your dentist will make sure you don’t have any cavities, but what you may not realize is that regular dental exams could actually save your life.

What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer

Some people think oral cancer is rare, but here are the facts: approximately 132 individuals are diagnosed with oral cancer each day in the United States alone, and someone dies of oral cancer every hour. It is a particularly deadly cancer–only about half of oral cancer patients survive five years past their initial diagnosis. But what we really want you to remember is that early detection saves lives. When oral cancer is detected early, survival rates increase by 80 to 90 percent!

Be Aware Of The Risk Factors

Certain lifestyle activities can put you at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Familiarize yourself with these risk factors:

  • Tobacco use–Smoking and other tobacco use makes you three times more likely to develop oral cancer
  • Alcohol consumption–Drinking alcohol more than doubles your risk of oral cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure–Frequent and prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays increases your risk of developing lip cancer
  • Age–Two-thirds of individuals with oral cancer are over age 55

While knowing the risks can help us prevent oral cancer, it still occurs in people without any of the above risk factors. In fact, it is becoming increasingly more prevalent among non-smoking, healthy individuals. The reason for this shift is the rise of HPV, or human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted infection. Individuals with HPV are 32 times more likely to develop oral cancer–even more so than tobacco users.

Get Screened Regularly At Routine Dental Exams

Oral cancer often begins as a painless sore in the mouth. We encourage doing frequent self checks at home as well as visiting your dentist regularly, where you will receive routine oral cancer screenings. Come and see us immediately if you experience any lumps, white or red patches, numbness, or a sore that doesn’t heal within two weeks in and around the mouth and throat.

As dental professionals, we are the first line of defense against this awful disease. Next time you’re in our office, ask us more about how we screen for oral cancer. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

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Help Us Raise Awareness

Unfortunately, we don’t hear as much about oral cancer as we do other cancers, and many people are unaware of their need to get screened on a regular basis at routine dental exams. As your trusted oral health care providers, we want to change that. Help us spread oral cancer awareness this month by sharing this post with your friends and loved ones.

We love being the dental practice you trust! Thank you!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Seasonal Allergies? Take Care Of Your Smile

March 23rd, 2017

SPRING IS ON THE HORIZON and we couldn’t be more excited! Chirping birds, blooming flowers, and warmer weather are just a few of the things we look forward to when spring comes around. We have to admit though, there is one thing about the season that’s not particularly appealing, and that’s allergies.

Be Aware Of These Dental Side Effects During Allergy Season

Many of you have experienced it, red, itchy and watery eyes and the constant sneezing and congestion. The effects of seasonal allergies can go even further, however, and may even affect your oral health! Here are some mouth-related symptoms to be on the lookout for when seasonal allergies strike.

Tooth Pain

When your body reacts to allergens in the air, you often end up with congested sinuses. Sinus pressure in the maxillary sinuses can sometimes cause the upper molars to ache. Treating your allergies and the congestion should relieve tooth pain. If the pain persists, however, make an appointment with your dentist. It’s important to make sure any aching teeth aren’t the result of tooth decay.

Bad Breath

All that mucus your body is creating can also be bad news for your breath. When you’re congested, mucus from the sinuses leaks into the back of the throat–we call this “post-nasal drip.” Not only can post-nasal drip lead to a sore throat, it can also be the cause of persistent bad breath.

Dry Mouth

Many of you will reach for antihistamines to keep your allergies under control this spring. As helpful as they are, they can often lead to an unpleasant side effect: dry mouth. Saliva is our number one defense against cavity-causing bacteria, so when your mouth is dry, you have a higher risk of developing tooth decay.

Protect Your Mouth This Spring

We want your mouth to stay healthy, even during allergy season. Here are some helpful tips to help you protect your mouth this spring:

  • Continue to practice good oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day, and floss on a daily basis!
  • Take allergy medication as recommended by your physician, but remember to drink plenty of water to compensate for dry mouth.
  • Try gargling with salt water to help with congestion. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water and gargle for a few seconds before spitting it out.

To get a more in-depth look at what causes those pesky allergies and what you can do to avoid them, check out the video below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q7Fz7NIMWM

Don’t Let Allergies Get The Best Of You

We know how difficult spring can be for some of our patients because of allergies. Keep practicing good oral hygiene and call us if you need anything! We’re here to get you through allergy season with a smile on your face.

Thank you for ACHOO-sing our practice! (Gesundheit…)

Staff Spotlight: Cecilia

February 9th, 2017

Cecilia or “Cil,” as everyone has come to call her in the office, is very much the busy bee and she wouldn’t have it any other way. One of her favorite aspects of her job is being able to work in the front office as well as the back. Multitasking is very much in her DNA. She didn’t come into the office with an extensive dental background, but she caught on fast and enjoys learning something new every single day. She loves interacting with patients and being able to greet them as they walk in, or helping them review their treatment before they walk out. She is usually running all over the place, but being able to connect with people and making sure they understand the process of their treatment as well as being able to assist with any insurance questions is important to her. She also takes lead on all of our Social Media accounts and all of our monthly Campaigns. All the décor for the holidays and photo booth creations come from her crafty mind. She is always encouraging the rest of the ladies and patients to take photos and share their experiences at the office.

Cecilia feels like the office is without a doubt an amazing place to work because of the women that work here. Educating and encouraging one another, while telling jokes, singing songs makes for an all-around enchanting atmosphere. She will tell you herself that sitting next to her sister Veronica all day is one of the best things about working at this office for her. Cecilia absolutely takes pride in working in an office full of phenomenal women that she looks up to.

When Cecilia is not running the world with the rest of the women at the office she is usually planning her next vacation with her significant other Allen. They are always on the go and usually have another vacation planned before they have finished their last. She enjoys going to concerts and is usually the one picking the Oldies station at work. She definitely has an old soul and feels like she was born in the wrong era. She enjoys crafting, hiking, reading and watching Grey’s Anatomy with her family. Family is very important to her and she love spending time with them, when they all can. She and Veronica are probably planning their next family vacation right now.

Staff Spotlight: Veronica

February 7th, 2017

Veronica always knew she wanted to work in a career where she was making a difference in people’s lives and at Dr. Loller's office she’s able to that every single day. Someone leaving with a fully restored smile, and helping a patient achieve a good night’s rest or just seeing someone get out of pain makes her day worthwhile. She started here when her son, Leon who was only 2 years old at the time  and this year he will be turning 10, in many ways he has grown up with the ladies here. Veronica is the glue that keeps this office together and makes sure we are on our game as well as enjoying the process.

One of her favorite things about working here is that everybody has developed relationships with one another as well as with our patients.  She enjoys seeing a familiar face walk in and being able to catch up where their last conversation left off.  Her primary responsibility is taking care of our patients’ needs at the front desk from insurance to billing questions, she takes pride in knowing she can help with any situation that is asked of her.  She exudes great joy from waking up each day and coming into work knowing that she is going to be interacting with the patients and helping them achieve their dental goals while sitting next to her sister, Cecilia throughout the day. A work day here barely feels like work for her at all.

When she’s not at the office, she is usually off to extracurricular activities with Leon; from dance to theatre he keeps their family busy! Veronica would definitely say that her favorite role is being Leon’s Mom.  She’s been married to her best friend Marcos for over 10 years and enjoys going on new adventures with him every chance they get.  She has grown up to be very family oriented and loves spending time with her extended family whether they are taking a  vacation or watching the latest award show. To her, family is everything and she brings that family dynamic to the office.  Having Veronica at the front desk is like getting your daily dose of Vitamin D for the day when you walk in. She is full of sunshine and positivity. Just ask anyone who calls in and they will tell you that just talking to her on the phone makes their day.