The E-Cig Controversy: Where do you stand?

The colorful, fruity, sweet and candy-named flavors of e-cigs are aimed at children and could lure them to a nicotine habit when they otherwise wouldn’t choose to smoke. The Vermont House committee has four bills on the table: Raising the minimum age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 Taxing e-cigarettes like other tobacco products […]

HPV 16: A Vaccination That Prevents Cervical and Oropharyngeal Cancer

If there is a vaccination that prevents cervical and oropharyngeal cancer, wouldn’t you want your child to be vaccinated? Gardisil protects youth from HPV 16 and 18, the two strains that actually cause cancer out of the hundreds of strains of the virus. In addition, it provides added protection against genital warts. It is a […]


The Value of Your Dental Hygienist: RDH’s Save Lives

Do you value your appointment with your hygienist? It’s NOT about cleaning….if only the general public understood that. Hygienists provide a periodontal exam to prevent disease in your oral tissue, and an oral cancer screening to be sure there aren’t signs of pre-cancer. The cleaning is like the carwash at the end of your service. […]

Medical Field and Dental Field: To Marry

Blood from your gums may soon be the new way to test for diabetes. Some 8 million of the 29 million Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed. Since Americans are more likely to visit a dentist every year rather than a primary care physician, it makes sense to provide diabetes screenings at dental check-ups. NYU’s recent study […]

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What To Say: To A Cancer Survivor

So many people have said to me, “You look fantastic!” Why focus on how I look? You probably have little idea about my quality of life compromises that you cannot see on the outside. For me, I had bilateral vocal chord polyps and nodules, basal cell carcinoma in my radiated field, ringing in my ears, […]

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