Oral cancer suicides on the rise; 'Day in the life of ...' series debuts

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Suicide rates among patients with oral and oropharyngeal cancer have increased significantly in the past three decades, particularly among male patients, according to a recent study in the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and related research.

Click here to read what a stage 4 survivor thinks might be driving this trend in this latest Oral Cancer & Diagnostics Community feature.

In Hygiene Community news, do soft-tissue lasers add clinical value to the treatment of periodontal disease beyond what can be achieved using only scaling and root planing? The literature is mixed, and a new study to be presented next month at the International Association for Dental Research annual meeting is likely to continue the debate.

Meanwhile, DrBicuspid.com is proud to present "A Day in the Life of...," a new feature series where we will visit dental practices of all shapes and sizes to provide a snapshot of what -- and who -- makes them tick. First up is Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, a thriving 40-year-old practice in Northern California that has an amazing track record when it comes to patient loyalty. Read more.

And in his latest Ask Marty column, Dr. Marty Jablow shares his thoughts on how the Aribex Nomad mobile x-ray device can enhance community outreach efforts.

Finally, if you haven't visited the DrBicuspid Facebook page recently, check out our contest this week: "What's the strangest thing a patient did recently in your practice?" We've received more than 50 stories so far -- all quite funny (and some a bit odd)! Feel free to chime in.

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