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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 12:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Oral or Pharyngeal Cancer this year.  Currently, Oral Cancer causes approximately 8,000 deaths in the United States every year.

The death rate associated with this type of Cancer is particularly high and is higher than other common types of Cancers including Cervical Cancer, Skin Cancer and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  This is due to the Cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.  Often, Oral Cancer is only discovered after it has metastasized to another location.

Risk factors for developing Oral Cancer include age, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and persistent viral infections such as HPV.  You can reduce your risk of developing Oral Cancer by refraining from using tobacco products and limiting alcohol consumption.

In its early stages, Oral Cancer may be painless and may not cause obvious physical changes.  However, a thorough Oral Cancer screening performed by an Oral Surgeon can detect this type of Cancer in its early stages.

The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining inside the mouth (often painless)
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

If you experience any of these warning signs, you should promptly notify your physician.  Your physician may refer you to an Oral Surgeon who can perform a thorough Oral Cancer screening and a biopsy, if indicated.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Many books have been written on the topic of how to age gracefully.  Most experts on aging agree that an important component of aging gracefully includes surrounding yourself with people you love and people who make you laugh.  It is often said that “laughter is the best medicine” and approaching the aging process with a healthy sense of humor cannot hurt!

One popular book on aging advises you to find hobbies that do not rely on your looks or athletic prowess and that can be enjoyed at any age.  This could include gardening, reading, writing, painting and cooking. Yet another expert on aging says that the key to aging gracefully is accepting the changes in your body, your appearance and your health.  After all, longing to look and feel like you did when you were thirty when you are sixty is futile and only leads to depression and discontent.

While accepting the changes that come with age can be healthy and can help make the aging process easier, you don’t have to accept bad health as a natural part of the aging process.  Advances in medicine and technology have made it possible to live a full and healthy life well into your “golden years.”  However, your health in your older years is greatly affected by your lifestyle and behaviors during your younger years.

Establishing good habits and behaviors such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate rest and good hydration while you are young will keep your body healthy and help you to age gracefully.  Getting routine medical and dental check ups as well as important screenings such as mammograms, prostate checks and oral cancer checks can detect problems early and lead to a better outcome if problems do occur.

If you have not been to the doctor for a check up in a while, or if you are experiencing symptoms that may signal a problem, schedule an appointment with your physician today.  The same goes for your dental health.  If you are currently missing teeth, schedule an appointment with an Oral Surgeon today to discuss your tooth replacement options.  Healthy habits combined with regular medical and dental care are vital components of aging gracefully.

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Friday, June 3, 2011 @ 11:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions.  In 2007-2008, approximately 72.5 million adults in the United States were obese based on measured heights and weights.  This number poses both a national health threat and a major public health challenge.

Obesity increases the risk for many serious chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 Diabetes, certain types of cancers as well as premature death.  It is also associated with a reduced quality of life, social stigmatization and discrimination.  Not to mention the costs associated with obesity in America.  In 2006, the medical costs associated with obesity in America were estimated at as much as $147 billion dollars.

Obesity in America can be attributed to many different factors including our love of fast food and our increasingly sedentary lifestyle.  However, for many Americans, obesity is an unfortunate consequence of poor dental health.

People who are missing teeth or who are wearing dentures are often forced to change their diets to eliminate fiber-rich, nutrient dense foods that are hard to chew.  They replace these foods with high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods that are easier to chew.  The result is a diet that is not balanced and that can lead to obesity.

Dental implants provide a permanent tooth replacement system that enables patients to eat a healthy, balanced diet and to chew with confidence.  If you have changed your diet due to missing teeth or dentures, contact an oral surgeon today to get more information about this revolutionary tooth replacement system.  You will be glad you did!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 02:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you are currently wearing dentures, or if you know someone who is currently wearing dentures, you are well aware of their serious limitations.  One of the hardest things about wearing dentures is living with the fact that your dentures may fall out at any time.

A recent visitor to my home illustrated this point rather dramatically.  My visitor arrived without any teeth in his upper jaw.  He explained that while eating lunch at a fast food restaurant halfway between Tampa and Atlanta, his top dentures came loose and fell out.  He put them in a napkin while he finished his lunch and then mistakenly threw them away.  Even though his 10 year-old granddaughter dove into the dumpster to look for them, they were not found.

The next day, a new set of top dentures arrived via Fed Ex.  He excitedly went upstairs to put them on and came down once again without any teeth in his upper jaw.  When I asked what happened, he responded that he had broken the new dentures trying to get them on.  I promptly put his broken top dentures in a Tupperware bowl for him and placed them on the top shelf of my kitchen so that these dentures would not get thrown a way like the other ones.

My visitor spent the next three days without any top teeth.  This was both embarrassing and inconvenient.  He had to eat only soft foods and even these were hard for him to chew.  He has been wearing dentures since a motorcycle accident in his twenties destroyed the teeth in his upper jaw.  He is now 68 years old.

When I brought up the option of dental implants, he said he had considered them in the past but ruled them out because they cost more than dentures.  However, this particular experience has convinced him that they must be well worth the extra money!

If you are currently wearing dentures and are tired of the way they limit what you can eat, talk to an oral surgeon today regarding dental implants.  You will be glad you did!

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Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 09:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Tooth decay remains the most prevalent chronic disease in American adults, even though it is largely preventable.  According to the results of the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 92% of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had dental caries or “cavities” in their permanent teeth.  Surprisingly, adults living in families with higher incomes and more education have had more dental caries than other less affluent groups.

Even more concerning is the fact that 23% of American adults of the same age have untreated tooth decay.  If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to serious dental issues including the loss of permanent teeth.

Tooth decay can be prevented by getting regular dental cleanings and check-ups and by flossing and brushing your teeth everyday.  Flossing and brushing regularly can help to prevent tooth decay from occurring in the first place.  Regular dental check-ups can help to identify and treat tooth decay early before it can lead to more serious issues including tooth loss.

Even with preventative measures, tooth loss does occur in many adults.  Patients with tooth loss deal with pain, embarrassment and an inability to chew and properly digest certain foods.  This negatively affects their overall health and their quality of life.  For these patients, dental implants provide a permanent tooth replacement option that enables them to have replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  For more information regarding tooth replacement options including dental implants, please contact an Oral Surgeon.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 02:03 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth loss is a sensitive indicator of overall dental health and access to dental care.  Although the overall prevalence of partial and total tooth loss in seniors has decreased since the early 1970s, significant disparities remain in some population groups.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survery (NHANES) is an important source of information on oral health and dental care in the United States.  Results of their most recent survey (1999-2004) show that white, non-Hispanic seniors aged 65-74 years have an average of 19.39 remaining teeth.  Black seniors of the same age group have fewer remaining teeth (15.19).

The NHANES also breaks down the percentages of senior Americans in different minority groups who have no remaining teeth.  Similar disparities exist between the percentages of white, non-Hispanic and black, non-Hispanic seniors who have no remaining teeth.  The percentage of white, non-Hispanic seniors (age 56-74 years) with no remaining teeth is 26.12%.  For black, non-Hispanic seniors of the same age group, the percentage is 32.81%.

This study also showed that regardless of age, smokers and those with lower incomes and less education are more likely to have fewer remaining teeth as well as no remaining teeth. This suggests that although the number of Americans with partial and total tooth loss has been declining since the 1970s, it is not declining as rapidly in certain minority groups.

Tooth loss negatively affects our quality of life by making eating, chewing, laughing and talking less enjoyable.  It also negatively affects our overall health by causing us to substitute high fiber foods for high calorie, high carbohydrate foods that are softer and easier to chew.

The good news is that we now have better options for replacing missing teeth.  For patients with partial or total tooth loss, dental implants can be used to support new teeth that look, feel, and function like the original teeth.  With dental implants, those with missing teeth can resume a healthy diet, and can laugh, smile, and eat with confidence.

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