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Oral Cancer: Get Screened. Know the Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors.

 

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 we want to emphasize 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 …

Memorial Day Events Across San Diego This Weekend

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, San Diego!

 

For many, Memorial Day signifies the beginning of Summer, but the history and meaning of this holiday has deep importance to Americans and communities across the country—especially military families. It is an official day to honor and pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars and while serving their country.

If you are looking for ways to teach your children the meaning of Memorial Day or looking for opportunities to observe the holiday, here are some suggestions.

 

Online Resources:

~ The History Channel has a short video that explains the meaning of Memorial Day and tells a story of the early observances of Memorial Day, customs when it was called Decoration Day, the Evolution of …

To All of the Influential Women in Our Lives – Happy Mother’s Day!

Did You Know? More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.

 

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Mother’s Day is observed in different forms throughout the world.

The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914, but Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar.

While dates and celebrations vary, …

Oral Health & Weight Loss Go Hand In Hand

 

What Does Oral Health Have to Do with Weight Loss?

 

A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is the best prevention for illness and chronic disease. It can also be just as effective as any medicine a doctor could prescribe. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, or simply live more healthily, the good choices you’re making not only do wonders for your body and overall health, but they also have a beneficial impact on your smile!

Congratulations On Making Better Food Choices

Oral health depends on more than how many times a day you brush your teeth, it also depends on your diet! As you choose healthier foods for your body, you are also choosing better foods for your teeth.

If you’re trading chips and fruit snacks in for healthier snacks like cheese, veggies and …

The Easter Bunny is Coming! The Easter Bunny is Coming!

Another Sweets-Packed Holiday is Here!

For some, Easter means a big meal with family. For others, Easter means going to church and celebrating the season. For others, Easter means chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts. For many more, Easter is all of the above!

Whether you’re young or old, Easter candy can be incredibly tempting. Who doesn’t love a little chocolate bunny (ears or feet first?), colorful jelly beans, a Cadbury Creme Egg, or Peeps when Spring is in the air? But as with most things, too much of a good thing can be bad. Ninety two percent (92%) of adults age 20-64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. In fact, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults in that age group have an average of 3.28 decayed …

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month ~ Spread the Word

Did you know that there are about 50,000 people diagnosed oral cancer each month in the US?

 

Celebrities Sammy Davis Jr, Rod Stewart, Roger Ebert, Burl Ives, Eddie Van Halen, and George Harrison have all suffered from oral cancer. Former Presidents Grover Cleveland and Ulysses S. Grant also had oral cancer, as have former NFL quarterbacks Jim Thorpe and Jim Kelly.

Oral and pharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kills nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, only about 60% will live longer than 5 years. Many who do survive suffer long-term problems such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties eating and speaking. The death rate associated with oral and pharyngeal …

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