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  • Oral Cancer Risk Factors Oral Cancer Risk Factors

    Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Serene Dental Center - Oral Cancer Risk Factors

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. In the past, oral cancer has had a high death rate because the early stages of the disease usually do not cause pain or symptoms, making it easy for the cancer to go unnoticed until it has advanced quite a bit. Medical professionals are on a mission to spread awareness of the warning signs of oral cancer so that going forward, the disease can be detected more easily. Although anyone can develop oral cancer, there are certain risk factors that increase a person’s chances of getting it. Drs. Ali and Shery Mansouri of Serene Dental Center encourage all patients, especially those with one or more risk factors, to have regular dental exams to check for any problems. Tobacco Use Smoking is unquestionably the biggest risk factor for oral cancer. People who smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes or use chewing tobacco or snuff are at a markedly higher risk of developing oral cancer. Alcohol Use The American Cancer Society estimates that 7 out of 10 patients with oral cancer are heavy drinkers. For men, “heavy drinking” means consuming more than four drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks a week; for women it means consuming more than three drinks on any day or more than seven drinks a week. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease with several different types (i.e., “strains”). Some strains have been linked to oral cancer. Age Two-thirds of people with oral cancer are 55 or older. The average age at diagnosis is 62. Gender Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women are. […]

By |July 23rd, 2017|Oral Health|Comments Off on Oral Cancer Risk Factors
  • Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval

    Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval

Serene Dental Center - Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval

Earlier this year, the American Dental Association announced that it awarded its Seal of Acceptance to the Waterpik Water Flosser, an interdental cleaner. This is noteworthy because it is the first and only product of its kind to earn the ADA’s special approval. Below Drs. Ali and Shery Mansouri of Serene Dental Center share important information about this valuable dental tool. Understanding the ADA Seal of Acceptance Since 1930, the ADA has bestowed its prestigious Seal of Acceptance to over-the-counter products that demonstrate safety and efficacy via scientific data, clinical studies and independent laboratory testing. The Seal indicates to consumers that a product delivers on the promises of its advertising claims. The ADA believes that when used correctly, the Waterpik makes good on two claims: 1. helps to reduce plaque along the gumline and between the teeth 2. helps to prevent and reduce gingivitis Dr. John Dmytryk, chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs’ Seal Subcommittee stated, “By granting the ADA Seal of Acceptance to the Waterpik Water Flosser, consumers for whom these devices are appropriate can be confident that they can be a safe and effective component of their daily oral care when used as directed.” The Waterpik water flosser was evaluated in 68 clinical studies before earning the Seal of Acceptance. Using the Waterpik Water Flosser Five Waterpik product lines were awarded the Seal of Approval: the Aquarius Professional, Aquarius Professional Designer, the Ultra, Nano and Traveler. The Waterpik water flosser is a powered interdental cleaner that pumps streams of water into the mouth to clean the gumline and spaces in between the teeth. The water washes away plaque, food particles and other debris that a toothbrush can miss. When plaque is […]

By |June 23rd, 2017|Oral Health|Comments Off on Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval
  • How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth

    How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth

Serene Dental Center - How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth

Nearly everyone experiences stress at some point or another. However, when stress persists for prolonged periods of time, or is a part of everyday life, it takes its toll on the body. Chronic stress can suppress many systems of the body, including the immune, reproductive and digestive systems, causing them to malfunction.

By |February 23rd, 2017|Oral Health|Comments Off on How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth
  • Myths about Root Canals Myths about Root Canals

    Myths about Root Canals

Serene Dental Center - Myths about Root Canals

A root canal treats an infected tooth and saves it from needing to be extracted and replaced with a bridge or implant. Unfortunately, root canal therapy is extremely misunderstood and gets a bad rap because of inaccurate information. Spreading myths about root canals is dangerous because it can cause someone that needs treatment to postpone or avoid it. Dr. Ali Mansouri and Dr. Shery Mansouri of Serene Dental Center want to pull back the curtain on some of the most commonly perpetuated myths about root canals. We hope that this information can help motivate people to pursue the treatment they need.

By |January 27th, 2017|General Dentistry, Root Canals|Comments Off on Myths about Root Canals

Serene Dental Center - Fluoride in Drinking Water

New studies show that fluoride in drinking water cuts tooth decay in Adults! It has been known for a long time that fluoridated drinking water benefits children if consumed from birth, but the evidence in helping adults is new and exciting!

By |June 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fluoride in Drinking Water