Seeing patients and perfecting smiles is just one part of my job. The other critical portion: continuing education. I believe that learning the newest and innovative techniques and staying up-to-date on the latest medical studies is essential for perfecting my patients’ smiles and overall health.
When I do come across something of interest, I always share it with whomever is in the chair at the time. But I realized that I could potentially reach more of my patients if I post what I learn online. Which brings me to my first blog post. I won’t be posting often, but when I have information to pass on, whether it be a health study or dental care advice, I will share it here.
One topic that I can’t talk enough about is the harmful effects of tobacco. I know, I know — you’ve heard it all before. But this is not just lung cancer we are talking about. Tobacco, especially smoking, alters the structure of the DNA causing a genetic mutation in the tissues of the mouth, which can lead to all sorts of health problems including cancer. There are also 28 chemicals in smokeless tobacco that have been found to cause cancer.
Smoking is known to be a major cause/risk factor for cancers of the:
- blood (leukemia)
So if you don’t smoke or chew tobacco, don’t start! If you do, it’s never too late to stop. And, at our dental office in Fort Lauderdale, we offer a painless oral cancer screening using the VELscope, the first device cleared by the FDA and Health Canada to help dentists see abnormal tissue (including cancer or pre-cancer cells) that might not be visible to the naked eye.
If you’re interested in learning more about the VELscope screening, contact us at your earliest convenience.