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Why Get Tested for Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat, can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.

Risks and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

According the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk. Additional risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Smokeless tobacco users
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure
The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
  • White and red patches in the mouth or lips
  • A sore or blister in your mouth that won’t heal
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, moving the jaw, speaking or moving the tongue.
  • Ear pain
  • Change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Unexplained bleeding from the mouth

How is Oral Cancer Diagnosed? Jordan Dentistry 3

Here at Jordan Dentistry, we use an instrument called the VELscope, which is a hand-held device that provides dentists and dental hygienists with an easy-to-integrate system for early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer. The VELScope provides Dr. Jordan with visual information that cannot be acquired by a standard soft tissue exam alone.

Routine VELscope examinations by your dentist can help detect signs of oral cancer early. Additionally, we advise patients to avoid tobacco use and drink alcohol in moderation, eat a well-balanced diet, and limit their exposure to the sun.

The American Cancer Society recommends oral cancer screening exams every three years for persons over age 20 and annually for those over age 40. We encourage you to contact our dental office in Cumming, GA to set up your appointment for an oral cancer screening.

Say Cheese: Health Benefits of Smiling

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, the team at Jordan Dentistry wanted to focus this week’s blog post on reasons to smile. With turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie in our immediate futures, we’d say that’s reason enough to smile for us! All kidding aside, here are some statistics that will hopefully help you crack a smile and show those beautiful pearly whites.

Health Benefits of Smiling Glass smiley faces

  • Smiling can lift your spirits. In fact, even fake smiling can improve your mood, according to Cliff Kuhn, a medical doctor known as the “laugh” doctor.
  • Because smiling is a sign of approval, people have positive feelings associated to a smile and are naturally more drawn to you when you smile.
  • Smiling can boost your immune system. (Great news in the midst of cold and flu season!) It lowers your heart rate, steadies breathing and relaxes your body.
  • Smiling makes you look younger. Smiling plumps the skin cells surrounding your mouth while giving you a natural, radiant glow.
  • Smiling is infectious, and could make someone’s day when they need it the most.

If those reasons aren’t good enough, try these smile stats:

  • The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles just 8 times a day.
  • 63 percent of people believe they look best in photos with a big smile that shows their teeth.
  • 99.7 percent of people believe a great smile is an important personal asset.
If you’re been hiding your smile for one reason or another, don’t hesitate to contact our office in Cumming, GA so that Dr. Jordan can talk to you about cosmetic dentistry options that will improve your smile. From everyone at our office, we hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!