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Some dental professionals do a cursory screening; some do a very thorough one.  There is no standard or required level of quality, except one: an oral cancer screening should be performed at every dental check-up. I spoke with a dentist (about 50 years old) who told me she never learned how to perform an oral cancer screening in dental school so she doesn’t …

Triclosan Trickle Effect: An Anti-Bacterial Pesticide

When ‘Anti-Bacterial’ soaps came on the market, the additional ingredient was triclosan. It was first created for hospital use but quickly spread to the mass market for use in:   antibacterial soaps and shampoos (Dial, Softsoap, Clerasil…) skin cleansing wipes (SaniCart) toothpaste (Colgate Total…) deodorants (Old Spice, Right Guard…) shaving gels (Gilette…) childrens toys (Playskool…) brake fluids (STP, Valvoline, Penzzoil…) antibacterial …

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HPV Negative: So What Was the Cause of Your Oral Cancer if it wasn’t Tobacco?

Nancy: I was diagnosed at age 54. I was a very light smoker and quit altogether at 30.  They attribute my oral cancer to tobacco.  But I have my own idea about it – I used to chew a pack a day of Trident or some other sugar-free gum, chewing constantly. Food for thought. Ed: I used Listerine 3-5 per a day for years …

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The Complaining Patient: Tumor or Trauma

In the 1996 “Seinfeld” episode called “The Package,” Elaine is blackballed from being seen in medical offices and tries to steal her own medical records to erase her “difficult patient” status. I had a similar experience. I had been seen by one doctor in an Oral & Maxillofacial office for the non-healing sore on my tongue that was becoming more painful. The …

Myth: Sugar Feeds Cancer Cells

“Sugar does not feed cancer cells any differently than it feeds healthy cells,” says Amanda Bontempo, a nutritionist and registered dietitian. Every cell in our body needs glucose (sugar) to survive, cancer cells and healthy cells alike. If we removed all sugar and carbohydrates from our diets, our bodies will naturally create sugar from protein and fat.  However, excess added sugar may increase …