New research has shown that there is a definite link between oral cancer and human papilloma virus (HPV), the most sexually transmitted infection in the U.S today. According to the American Cancer Society, HPV DNA is now found to be on the rise in about two out of three oral cancers. The HPV family of viruses contain almost 200 strains, but the one that is strongly associated with oropharyngeal cancer is the HPV “Type 16”. About 63% of oropharyngeal cancers in women are caused by HPV and about 72% of these cancers in men are caused by HPV. This increase is only half the story though; the other being whom it’s affecting. More HPV-related cancer patients are tending to be younger patients and less likely to be smokers and drinkers. Some experts think that the younger age could be related to changes in sexual practices in recent decades—in particular, an increase in oral sexual practices.
To insure that more Americans are protected from cancer, the CDC recommends that all adolescents age 11-12 get the HPV vaccine, such as Gardasil or Cervarix. Any children and adults ages 13 to 26 (male and female) who haven’t received the vaccine should get it, according to CDC recommendations. Some good news is that with salivary diagnostic testing we can now determine who carries the HPV-16 and HPV-18 strains, which cause oral cancer. Because more than 90% of HPV infections will go away within two years, the purpose of salivary testing is to identify patients who should be followed more closely.
A thorough oral cancer screening is recommended at least on a yearly basis. We have been doing these screenings for many years for our patients and will continue to perform these important exams in the future. If at any time you feel that something in your mouth does not feel normal to you please contact our office and we will be happy to examine you. Early detection of cancer will usually make the treatment more successful.
In January of this year we partnered with a company called Dental Warranty. Now our patients can “life-proof” their smiles from the many things that can shorten the life of a dental restoration. If covers such things as porcelain fracture of crowns and veneers, breakage or wearing through dental appliances such as night guards, sleep apnea appliances, and dentures and partial dentures. It will pay full replacement cost even if your dog chews up your night guard! Just be sure to bring the pieces in.
Next time you have new services performed for you in the office be sure to ask us about Dental Warranty!
A new year is upon us with all its hopes, dreams, and possibilities. I look forward to many great things happening in 2016! Our dental practice is off to a great start with some new additions in treatment offerings for our patients. I recently updated my education in sleep dentistry (treatment of snoring and sleep apnea) due to the importance of treating this largely undiagnosed and debilitating condition. Also, in 2015 I got trained in clear aligner therapy to straighten teeth conservatively. Ask our hygienist Elizabeth how it is going with her Clear Correct Aligners! We have also partnered with a third party dental warranty company that will help protect your investment in many of the dental services we offer.
In 2015 we also added Savanna Torrez to our practice as our new Patient Care Coordinator. If you haven’t met Savanna yet you will be very pleased at the wonderful service she is giving to all of our patients. Check out Savanna’s picture and blog in” Our Team” section of the website!
Wishing you all the best for the new year!
Robert D Burnett DDS
Happy New Year! This is one of my favorite times of year because it’s a natural time to reflect back and give thanks for the past year and also a perfect time to look forward to a fresh start with new dreams, plans, and goals. One of my goals is to take better care of myself physically. You know, it’s like “A New Year…A New You” concept. I hope you will join me. Good health is a blessing, and it’s also our responsibility to do our part to help make it a reality. I hope this year we can help you with your dental health. Whether you are needing to become pain free or cavity free, have healthier gums, have better chewing function, have a brighter more attractive smile, or all the above, we are here for you!
Soon you will notice some changes in our practice with a new practice name and logo, a new website, and new signage. Our new “makeover” will help us better communicate the type of dental practice we have and keep us relevant in the marketplace. Our new name has become BURNETT DENTAL CARE. One of our goals this year is to make people seeking a new dentist aware that we offer a full range of restorative dental services as well as our cosmetic services. Our new website has been updated to function well with all forms of mobile technology. One thing that won’t change is our continued mission to consistently provide the highest level of dental care and customer care to all of our patients at fees that are competitive in the community. We know you have a choice in your dental care provider and we hope to continue earning your trust and support!
May you have a happy, healthy, and blessed year in 2015!
Dr. Bob Burnett, Mary, Krista, Laura, Elizabeth, and Jennifer
Have you ever been asleep and your spouse pats you not so gently on the arm and says, “Honey, you are snoring, AGAIN! You would be surprised to know that this is the most common sleep disturbance, along with its big brother, Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
The good news is that we can help you achieve a better night’s sleep with a device called the Somnomed MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint). This device is a custom-made, two component mouth appliance that is made to gently position your lower jaw forward just enough to open your airway so you have no air obstruction that could cause snoring. It is adjustable so you can advance its position forward in just the perfect place to have the maximum effect and comfort! Our patients have commented on how comfortable the splint is to wear. But the best comments come from the ones who were having to use ear plugs and now don’t!
If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and you have been unable to use a CPAP machine and mask successfully, the Somnodmed appliance is a wonderful alternative to consider. Untreated sleep apnea is very dangerous to your overall health. For more information click on this link, www.somnomed.com/patients, to hear some amazing success stories. If you would like a complimentary consultation give us a call at 903-597-7721.
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