Oral Cancer Trivia Question #1

Trivia Question #1 Are dentists required to have REGULAR continuing education in early detection of oral cancer? The answer is NO. Each state mandates the requirements for their dentists.  New York State is the only state that has recently required dental professionals to take one 2-hour course over the next two years on early detection of oral cancer.  Dentists are …

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Twisting and Turning Tongues!

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. I found a large sunken …

A Six-Step Salute goes to Wayne A. Zipperlen!

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 proud to have been in …

Oral Cancer Awareness Walk

Today, for the third time, I chaired a local community event to raise awareness about oral cancer.  Our 3-mile walk, enhanced by a great DJ,  included  healthy foods, fantastic raffle prizes, awesome goodie bags, and the best part, FREE oral cancer screenings.  The proceeds, which amounted to close to 15K, will go to the Oral Cancer Foundation, a worthy organization …

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A Shout-Out to Dentist Aaron Bulleigh in OK

]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 chose to see an …