Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
FDA plans to stop e-cigarette sales to kids
April 24, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a four-part plan of enforcement and regulatory steps to stop U.S. youth from having access to and using e-cigarettes.
How to talk with parents and kids about HPV vaccination
April 13, 2018 -- Have you talked to patients about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine today? The American Academy of Pediatrics hopes so. The association is leading the charge to get kids vaccinated against HPV, but it needs the help of dental professionals to succeed.  Discuss
What do practitioners need to talk about HPV with patients?
March 16, 2018 -- Time to have that talk? Dental practitioners are well-positioned to help patients prevent cancers related to human papilloma virus (HPV) but can find it difficult to communicate about the topic. A new study examined the role of practitioners in this area and what might help them do a better job.  Discuss
FDA seeks comment on lowering nicotine levels
March 16, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the next step toward the goal of lowering the levels of nicotine in cigarettes to minimal or nonaddictive levels.  Discuss
Do patients with head and neck cancer get more opioids?
March 8, 2018 -- Patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer were significantly more likely to be prescribed opioid medications than patients diagnosed with lung or colon cancer in a new study, published on March 8. The findings highlight the need for healthcare professionals to be mindful of opioid prescriptions in this patient population.  Discuss
Report: Effects of e-cigs on oral health still uncertain
January 23, 2018 -- Switching to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may offer some oral health benefits for smokers, according to a new report released on January 23 from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. However, the long-term effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown.  Discuss
More HPV communication needed from dentists
January 19, 2018 -- Can dentists and hygienists help prevent oropharyngeal cancers? The authors of a new study suggest being informed about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and the ability to talk with patients about this difficult topic may help reduce the incidence of these cancers.  Discuss
Certain oral bacteria may help prevent head and neck cancer
January 17, 2018 -- Can maintaining a healthy oral microbiome reduce the risk of head and neck cancer? Since research suggests a relationship between oral bacteria and these types of cancer, investigators examined whether pre-existing differences exist between the oral bacteria of people who develop these often fatal cancers and those who don't.  Discuss
Study finds increased cancer risk in periodontitis patients
January 16, 2018 -- Patients with severe periodontal disease have a 24% greater risk of developing cancer than patients with no or mild periodontal disease, according to a new study. Researchers also found that even patients who never smoked had an increased risk of cancer if they had severe periodontal disease.
Periodontal pathogens linked to esophageal cancer risk
January 10, 2018 -- A new study adds to existing evidence that maintaining better oral health can reduce the risk of cancer. Researchers identified links between certain periodontal pathogens and the risk of esophageal cancers, findings which could advance strategies for the early detection and prevention of these malignancies.  Discuss
Special Feature
5 misconceptions about oral and oropharyngeal cancer
Screening of every dental patient older than 18 for oral and oropharyngeal cancer is a must, writes Jo-Anne Jones, RDH. Taking the time to screen each patient can make an impact on oral cancer survival rates. However, dentists and oral healthcare professionals have a few common misconceptions about these cancers. Read more.
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