Six-Step Salute Awards
This page is dedicated to dental professionals who have saved a life by catching oral cancer early. These lifesaving stories will compel more dental professionals to join the oral cancer screening movement. The following dental professionals deserve a Six-Step Salute!
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Submitted by Daphne Von Essen, RDH from California Four months after graduating from dental hygiene school, I had a difficult patient. He was accustomed to seeing another hygienist who gave him full mouth anesthesia and spent over two hours with him. Nervously, I sat him down and started the numbing procedure. One hour into the [...]
Eva, After I listened to your course 4 months ago in Seattle, I was so moved by your story that I vowed I would be better at oral cancer screenings, and this week, thanks to you, I saved a life. My patient was just got diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma and decided to get his cleaning [...]
I’m a chef and go to the dentist every 6 months. In October, my hygienist noticed an irritated area. I told her I bit my tongue. She mentioned that my teeth were sharp. In April when I returned, my tongue was still irritated. I told the dentist that I kept irritating the area coughing, sneezing, [...]
I am a practicing hygienist of 20 years for Dr. Lee Warren in Boone NC. Our practice specializes in attention to detail. One evening, I was providing a routine prophalaxis on a 45 year old male patient. Upon my last round of flossing and recording my findings, I was prompted to look under his tongue. [...]
The dentist I work for does a complete 6 step exam on every check-up visit. I’ve worked for him for 30 years. We have only had two patients that had oral cancer but both were able to have treatment. We have had several dysplasia patients caught in the very early stage or pre-cancer. I am [...]
]In February 2009, I woke up with a painful lump in the floor of my mouth. I had just moved to a new town the year before and had no dentist. Dr. Aaron Bulleigh, came recommended. He wanted it biopsied ASAP, knowing it look suspicious. My dentist referred me to an oral surgeon, who was not on my insurance so [...]
I visit my dentist 2-3 times each year and this healthy routine paid off for me in a big way. During one of my visits, my hygienist Kim Anzalotti, was performing an oral check as she does each time I see her. After Kim checked the inside of my mouth she started her usual probing [...]
I spoke to my college roommate (in her 60′s) whose secretary’s friend’s daughter is a dental student. She heard Eva speak and called her mom immediately afterwards to say what she complained about in her mouth is Oral Cancer. The mother denied it saying her husband is a reknown anesthesiologist and their dentist is excellent [...]