The Practice of Dr. Frank V. Maldonado
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
Before we can go about reducing your risk, you first need to understand the most common risk factors of oral cancer.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, research has identified a number of factors that may contribute to the development of oral and oropharyngeal cancers.
Historically, those at an especially high risk of developing oral cancer have been heavy drinkers and smokers older than age 50, but today the cancer also is occurring more frequently in nonsmoking people due to HPV16, the virus most commonly associated with cervical cancer.
The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus 16 (HPV) is related to the increasing incidence of oropharyngeal cancer (most commonly involving lymphoid tissue occurring in the tonsils or the base of the tongue).
Approximately 99 percent of people who develop an HPV oral infection will clear the virus on their own.
In approximately 1 percent of individuals, the immune system will not clear the virus and it can lay dormant for decades before potentially causing cancer, this occurs mostly in a non-smoking population composed of males four to one over females.
“Regular oral cancer examinations performed by your oral health professional remain the best method for detecting oral cancer in its early stages.”
5 Ways to Reduce Your Oral Cancer Risk
1. Avoid tobacco in all forms.
(including vaping to be 100% safe).
2. Limit alcohol consumption.
3. Maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet.
4. Protect yourself again UV exposure.
5. Get vaccinated for HPV.
“This year an estimated 54,0001 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed. Of those individuals, 43 percent will not survive longer than five years, and many who do survive to suffer long-term problems, such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties with eating and speaking. The death rate associated with oral and oropharyngeal cancers remains particularly high because the cancers routinely are discovered late in their development.”
– Oral Cancer Foundation
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Dental Patient News and has been republished here with permission. It has since been updated for accuracy & comprehensiveness.
Apr 14th, 2021
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Invisalign Clear Aligners
These aren’t your parent’s braces!
People looking to straighten their teeth or correct gaps in their smiles have more options than ever before.
New techniques, new technology, and modern equipment afford patients the opportunity to correct misaligned teeth without having to endure all of the issues that come with traditional metal braces. Read the rest of this entry »
Apr 8th, 2021
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Why People Choose Dental Veneers
Do you know the first thing people notice when they meet you?
It’s your smile.
If you’re self-conscious about your smile because of the way your teeth look, you may be less confident in social situations.
Apr 6th, 2021
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What Is World Kindness Day?
“World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. This day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, has the purpose is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations.” – inspirekindness.com
Seems like we all could use a little more kindness these days, so let’s get right to it and identify 12 ways every one of us can help spread some kindness for World Kindness Day… Read the rest of this entry »
Nov 9th, 2020
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A Healthy Love Life Starts With Healthy Gums
Did you know that 3 out of 4 of us have some form of gum disease?
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to not only oral health problems like gum recession, tooth decay, tooth loss, and eventually bone loss, it can also lead to serious issues with your overall health too.
Many recent studies have identified correlations between poor dental and gum health to other health conditions like heart disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, prenatal complications, even certain types of cancer. And more. Read the rest of this entry »
Feb 25th, 2020
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National Toothache Day
Did you know we have a whole entire day dedicated to a toothache?
Yup, it’s true, National Toothache Day is an annual occurrence every February 9.
Nobody wants a toothache, the pain, the discomfort, how can we possibly have a day celebrating a toothache?
A toothache can put a serious damper on your day, just imagine having to have a normal conversation, enjoy a meal, or even just go to sleep with a toothache.
Anyone who’s ever had a toothache knows, it’s not a pleasurable experience.
So in the spirit of something to celebrate, let’s first take a quick look at how to prevent a toothache in the first place, then examine several of the most popular – and proven – home remedies for a toothache… Read the rest of this entry »
Feb 3rd, 2020
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Does Fluoride In Water Prevent Cavities?
“Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!”
This year marks the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation and the ADA is helping us celebrate the occasion as the theme of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
In honor of the program, the slogan for the 2020 National Children’s Dental Health Month is “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!” Read the rest of this entry »
Feb 3rd, 2020
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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are often referred to as third molars because they grow in at the back of the mouth, behind your second set of molars – both top & bottom.
They usually develop between the teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom. 1
Once essential for an early human diet of roots, leaves, meat, and nuts, wisdom teeth are no longer totally necessary.
Jan 22nd, 2020
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5 New Year Resolutions To Save You Money At The Dentist
According to YouGov.com,
“Among Americans who are making New Year’s resolutions, the most common ones are exercising more (50%), saving money (49%), eating more healthily (43%), and losing weight (37%).”
It’s that time of year again – new year’s resolution time. How about we knock out all of these resolutions by saving money at the dentist?
Here are five new year resolutions that will not only help you save money at the dentist, but also improve your overall health at the same time! Read the rest of this entry »
Jan 6th, 2020
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Holiday Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth
We all know that too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing, especially when we’re non-stop noshing on those tasty confectionery treats of the Holiday season.
In addition to expanding our waistlines, there are a bunch of Holiday foods that are bad for our teeth.
Is it the weather (in certain locales), is it human nature, or is it simply just a good time of year to get together with family, friends, and the ones we love to relax our dietary diligence and indulge in some less than healthy treats?
If we manage to adhere – at least most of the time – to the “everything in moderation” axiom…especially moderation…we can all take comfort in the fact that we can treat our taste buds to the too easy to ignore treats while at the same time preventing the cavity creeps and Gingerbread Man (or Woman) from launching a total tooth takeover during the Holiday season.
Eat Smarter For Healthier Teeth This Holiday Season
We still should enjoy all of these tasty toothy treats during our Holiday feasts, but maybe just remember to slosh with some water or maybe cut the cookie intake off at a few dozen…just to prevent the aforementioned cavity creep entrenchment. Read the rest of this entry »
Dec 11th, 2019
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