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Dental School Standards in Oral Cancer Knowledge

After my oral cancer diagnosis, my Mom went for her dental check up and you can bet she wanted to be sure she was getting a proper oral cancer screening. When it never happened, she said something to her dentist. “My daughter had oral cancer and I want an oral cancer screening.” He replied that he always takes a good …

Dental Professionals: How Much Do They Need to Know About You?

Does your dentist or dental hygienist ask you these questions:  Do you smoke? If so, do you drink while smoking? …How much do you drink? …Do you have more than one sexual partner? Possible conversation: ‘Uhhh, why do you need to know about my sexual partners?!?!?  I find that an invasion of my privacy.’ ‘For the same reason I need …

Oral Cavity Cancer and Orthodontics

Corey had braces for a couple of years and wasn’t much of a complainer although the braces irritated the inside lining of his cheek frequently.  After the braces were removed, there was a residual area on the inside lining of his cheek which was sore and wouldn’t heal. In fact, it continually got worse.  He was eventually diagnosed with myofibroblastic …

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Have a persistent sore throat? It could be HPV Related Oral Cancer!

Here is yet another story of a relatively young man (53 years of age) who had a persistent sore throat.  It’s the same ‘old’ story.  He went to his physician who prescribed antibiotics. When the sore throat persisted, he was referred to an ENT who found the oral cancer, or to be more precise, oropharyngeal cancer.  There may have been …

Pulling 265 Teeth in Four Days

I met Dr. Drew Smith, an oral surgeon, at Yankee Dental Congress in January.  After hearing me speak, he shared very thoughtful sentiments about how my story impacted him.  I was touched.  It takes a special person, especially if it’s a male, to feel the need to express emotions and articulate them well.  After several emails back and forth confirming …