Early Detection of Oral Cancer with Artificial Intelligence

Grading lesions accurately is vital in early oral cancer detection. I know this first-hand. My biopsy was misread as hyperkeratosis when in fact it was moderate dysplasia which has a decent chance of turning into cancer. Instead of an early diagnosis, my cancer spread to 3 lymph nodes and I was diagnosed at stage IV. Machine learning and AI can …

Risk Assessment for Covid

Know your risks for Covid-19. It’s all about minimizing risk. Here is a list ranked by a Covid-19 task force and a committee of infectious disease experts: High risk: Going to a bar or working out in a gym High-Moderate risk: Eating indoors at a restaurant or hugging. Moderate: Shopping in a mall or eating dinner at a friends home …

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Oral Pathologist Uncovers Gross Negligence: Walter Reed Medical Center

When Oral Pathologist Dr. Laura Ike couldn’t find the radiology report on a scan of patients jaw, she wondered if other patients had scans that fell through the cracks. She uncovered gross negligence on a big scale affecting a couple of thousand patients at the Walter Reed Medical Center. If you don’t have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal …

Alaska Natives: Dental Care Without A Dentist

Increasing reliance upon Western diets has exacerbated problems with tooth decay in Native Alaska. Soda pop arrives by the crate to villages only reachable by plane, boat or snowmobile. Public water supplies of fluoridated water is rare. The underfunded Indian Health Service has had chronic difficulty hiring dentists to serve in remote communities. Even if they come, they often leave. …

T.O.T. Tethered Oral Tissue and Tongue-Tied

Last year, when I gave a presentation to the Academy of Laser Dentistry, I sat in on a course by Dr. Larry Katkow, a laser dentist who specializes in babies. In a ten second procedure, he can laser a piece of tissue in the oral cavity and free it from being tethered to the tongue, lip or cheek. After his …