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Did you know that oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer and accounts for approximately 4% of all cancers diagnosed? Most of the oral cancer diagnoses are in

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Early Oral Cancer Diagnosis is Key To Survival

patients older than 45 years old. Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancers. The key to oral cancer, as in most cancers, is in early diagnosis. If diagnosed in its earliest stages, the chance for full recovery is at about 70% survival rate. The problem is that most are not diagnosed in its earliest forms, so less than half of all oral cancer patients are cured. Oral cancer also has the worst 5 year survival rate among all cancers, at about 57%.

If not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, oral cancer can spread, leading to chronic pain, loss of function, irreparable facial and oral disfigurement, and even death. Oral cancer accounts for about 8,000 deaths annually.

What’s the best way to get an early diagnosis early? Visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations, which typically include an oral cancer screening in the form of a soft tissue exam and in some cases the use of the Velscope oral cancer screening system. If you are not sure if your dentist has conducted a soft tissue exam, ask him or her to perform this screening for oral cancer, which includes a visual inspection of the oral cavity and palpation of the head, neck and oral cavity.

Causes of Oral Cancer?

As of now there is some debate over the actual cause of oral cancer but it is believed certain activities raise your risk for developing it. These include use of tobacco products, human papilloma virus (HPV), heavy alcohol use, as well as excessive exposure to the sun have all been found to have a link to developing oral cancer.

Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

The most common site for oral cancer are the tongue, the floor of the mouth, soft palate tissues in back of the tongue, lips and gums. Oral cancer shows up as red, white or discolored lesions, patches or lumps in or around the mouth, and it is typically painless and without symptoms in its early stages. As the malignant cancer spreads and destroys healthy oral tissue, the lesions or lumps can become quite painful. However, oral cancer is almost impossible to self diagnose so frequent dental examinations are

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highly recommended. You should see your dentist immediately if you notice any of the following:
-Persistent mouth sore. Any mouth sore that persists longer than 10-14 days.

-a swelling, growth or lump anywhere in or near the mouth or neck.

-white or red patches in the mouth or on the lips.

-repeated bleeding from the mouth or throat.

-Persistent Sore Throat. Difficulty swallowing or persistent hoarseness.

Dental Screening for Oral Cancer

Your dentist should screen for oral cancer during routine dental examinations. He or she feels for lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, cheeks and oral cavity, and thoroughly examines the soft tissues in your mouth, specifically looking for any sores or discolored tissues. The use of the Velscope oral cancer screening system has been proven to diagnose precancerous as well as cancerous changes in the tissue as early as possible to give you the best chance for recovery and survival from oral cancer.

Treatment of Oral Cancer

If during your dental examination your dentist finds anything suspicious they will recommend that you have a biopsy performed of that area. The biopsy of the lesion will be used to confirm the diagnosis of oral cancer. If it is confirmed that you do indeed have oral cancer you will probably be referred to an oral surgeon for removal of the tumors. Radiation or chemotherapy may be also used in the course of your treatment.

Prevention

There are some preventive measures an individual can take and these include:

-Do not use tobacco products.Oral Cancer Marielaina Perrone DDS

-Refrain from excessive alcohol use.

When tobacco and alcohol use are combined, the risk of oral cancer increases 15 times more than for non-users of tobacco and alcohol products.

Research suggests that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may also safeguard against oral cancer development.

Because successful treatment and rehabilitation are dependent on early detection, it is extremely important to see your dentist for regular checkups including an oral cancer screening at least once a year. Survival rates greatly increase the earlier oral cancer is discovered and treated. During your next dental visit, ask your dentist to do an oral cancer screening.

Oral Cancer Conclusion

Oral cancer is one of the deadliest cancers we can face. Luckily, as science advances we have some tools at our disposal, like the Velscope, to give us the best chance for early diagnosis. Live a healthy lifestyle and you will decrease the chance of developing oral cancer.



For most women finding the perfect shade of lipstick can be tricky. Lipstick color can be based on your mood, color of your outfit, or just about anything. But did you know that finding the perfect shade of lipstick can also make your teeth appear whiter and

Lipstick color choice makes teeth look white

Lipstick Color can equal whiter looking teeth

brighter? Teeth whitening is not ideal for every patient whether it is due to cost, previous restorations (i.e. dental bonding or crowns), or sensitive teeth. Luckily, there is an alternative to making your teeth appear whiter. The answer to making your teeth appear whiter? Picking the right shade and tint of lipstick. Most women are aware that bright true reds are perfect for this. They reflect the white off your teeth enhancing them in the process creating the illusion of whiter teeth.

The lipstick and soft tissue surrounding the teeth acts as a frame for your smile. The darker lipstick colors offer a direct contrast thus enhancing a person’s smile.

Beauty experts say the trick is to select a cool toned lipstick with blue undertones that will counteract the yellowing of our teeth. This will make your teeth appear instantly whiter in contrast against the lipstick. Seemingly, instant teeth whitening.

Various companies have marketed this in the past including some of the biggest names in cosmetics like Clinique and MAC.

Here are some tips to help make your teeth look whiter:

-Choose a contrasting lip color. A punch of red or pink on your lips stands out from your dazzling smile while beige or orangey shades blend into discolored teeth. Bright orange and yellow toned reds, actually emphasize the yellow tones that can be in your teeth. Additionally, frosty lipsticks and mattes can accentuate the stains in your teeth and also make your teeth look dull and lifeless. Remember to check your teeth after applying lipcolor to assure it is not on your teeth!

-Choose lipsticks with blue undertone shades, such as bright pinks and reds. They pick up the reflective edging on your teeth making your smile appear whiter.  A good example of this is MAC Dark Side. This is a bold, deep berry lipstick that is perfect for winter. It has cool purple-blue undertones and can be intensified or muted. It is the perfect contrast for making your teeth appear whiter.

-Experiment with bronzing. Darker complexions can offset white teeth. Sweep bronzer over the high points of your face. These areas include the hairline, bridge of your nose, cheek bones and tip of your chin. Your teeth will receive an instant benefit and appear whiter.

-Sparkle it up!. Dab an opalescent illuminator on the Cupid’s bow of your mouth. This allows the white luminescence to pick up reflection off your teeth.

-Save the gold tones for your eyelids and avoid gold tones near your lips or teeth. The shine from gold too closely resembles yellow. This will accentuate stains and make teeth appear darker yellow.

Wearing the right colors close to your face also helps your teeth to look whiter. In general, brunettes should wear tops and scarves that are bright white or jewel-tone colors such as ruby red or emerald green; blondes should choose summery pastels. If you’re a strawberry blonde, you can wear spring colors with a dash of yellowish undertones such as tomato red; and if you are a redhead you’d look great wearing autumn shades such

Whiter teeth from lipstick color

Whiter Teeth Due to Lipstick Color

as rust and off-white.

Of course, everyone’s coloring is unique. So have fun and experiment! Pull out different clothing colors and lip shades, and try them out in front of your bathroom mirror. Watch how the shade of your teeth seems to suddenly and miraculously improve with the right colors.

Try to Experiment: Try on a blue based berry colored lipstick. Look at your teeth. Wipe off the lipstick and try on an orange lipstick with yellow undertones or swipe on some nude lipstick. Check out your smile. Can you see the difference in how your teeth look?

Top Shades of Lipstick to Make Teeth Appear Whiter and Brighter
1. Pale Pink – bright, shimmery pale pinks. These can bring out the whiteness that is naturally in your smile.
2. Sheer Pink – glossy, pinks with a berry tint can lift and enhance the brightness of your teeth.
3. Light Pink – matte rose shades with blue undertones will really make your smile pop out. Very dramatic.
4. Bright Pink – bubble gum or fuchsia color with an electric blue base will make your smile look dramatically whiter.
5. Bright Red – bold, opaque reds can make your teeth look up to 2 shades whiter.
So, if you want a whiter smile today reach into the lipstick drawer and use color to make it happen.
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Snoring is usually not something we are very concerned about, unless our sleep mate is causing a disruption to your sleep. But, did you know that frequent, loud snoring may be a sign of something more serious than keeping your partner up during the night. This could be a sign of sleep apnea (also known as obstructive sleep apnea – OSA). Sleep apnea is a common but potentially serious condition in which breathing stops and starts up again for periods of 10-20 seconds while you sleep (this can occur hundreds of times a night). Even though sleep apnea is treatable, it often goes undiagnosed. Sleep Apnea affects more than 18 million people in the United States alone and less than 10% ever get diagnosed. If left untreated, sleep apnea can take 8-10 years off a person’s life.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is actually the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep, causing a blockage of the airway (along with loud snoring). In turn this blocks the airflow into the lungs. Obstructive sleep apnea is defined as five or more episodes of apnea (temporary absence of breathing) or hypopnea (diminished depth and rate of breathing)  per hour of sleep (called apnea-hypopnea index or AHI) in individuals who have excessive daytime sleepiness. Patients with 15 or more episodes of apnea or hypopnea per hour of sleep are considered to have moderate sleep apnea

Untreated sleep apnea prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. The pausing of breathing literally shocks your body out of its natural sleep rhythms. As a result, you tend to spend more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be full of energy, mentally sharp, and productive the following day.

It can be difficult to diagnose sleep apnea without help, since most symptoms only occur when you are sleeping. So it’s advisable to ask a bed partner or record yourself while sleeping. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea and vice versa. Some recent studies have also found that if you have snoring and grind your teeth than you likely have some form of apnea, so you should get checked by a physician. So how do you tell the difference between common snoring and a more serious case of sleep apnea? The biggest sign is how you feel during the day. The quality of your sleep is unaffected by “normal” snoring as much as sleep apnea does. So you would be less likely to suffer from sleepiness and fatigue during the day.

So where does the dentist come in? An official diagnosis of sleep apnea must come from a physician with the possibility of sleep center visit. A dentist can fabricate an Oral appliance which are used to reposition the tongue and lower jaw forward during sleep to maintain the open airway. Usually, oral appliances are recommended for mild to moderate Sleep Apnea patients, but can be used in severe sleep apnea patients who cannot tolerate CPAP machines (The standard treatment right now is use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, but 25%-50% of sleep apnea patients do not follow thru with or tolerate CPAP machines). Some recent studies have shown these oral appliances to be the most effective in treating snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

At Dr. Perrone‘s office, we use an oral appliance called a TAP appliance (Thornton Adjustable Positioner). The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. It is able to maintain a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing. We feel this gives the patient the best option for success.

The unique design allows the patient to fine-tune his/her treatment at home and work with the dentist to achieve the best possible results. Patients are empowered to manage the degree of lower jaw protrusion over as many nights as it takes to achieve the optimal treatment position. The TAP has a single point of central adjustment, which prevents uneven bilateral adjustment that can create an irregular bite and discomfort.

The TAP has over a 95% success rate. It is the key to a snore-free, restful night of sleep. This appliance also treats sleep apnea without the need for surgery, a mask, or medication. The TAP is recognized as the market leader in oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea and is currently prescribed by over 7,000 dentists worldwide to treat snoring and sleep apnea. In addition, it is the most researched oral appliances on the market with over 30 independent peer reviewed published studies. A simple dental examination is necessary to know if the patient will be able to use an oral appliance. So, schedule one today for you and your loved ones!