Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
Can a mouthwash relieve oral mucositis pain?
April 18, 2019 -- More than 80% of patients with head and neck cancer develop painful oral mucositis during radiation treatment. Researchers compared two frequently used mouthwashes with a placebo mouthwash to measure the pain relief they provided.  Discuss
Regular NSAID use may increase some HNC survival rates
February 1, 2019 -- Regular use of aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain medication may increase the survival rates for certain head and neck cancer (HNC) patients, according to a new study. However, researchers caution that there are no specific regimen recommendations at this time.  Discuss
Liquid medications pose risk for cancer patients' oral health
January 30, 2019 -- Patients receiving treatment for cancer face many obstacles, including possible damage to their oral health from the sucrose in the liquid medications they take. Dental hygienist Jill Meyer-Lippert shares some practical advice for helping these patients maintain and improve their oral health.  Discuss
CDC: Number of U.S. adult smokers hits record low
November 27, 2018 -- Although teen tobacco use is on the rise, the number of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes has reached a record low, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, about 1 in 5 U.S. adults still uses tobacco products.  Discuss
How do you get low-income smokers to go to the dentist?
November 20, 2018 -- Smokers have an increased risk of oral disease but use dental healthcare at lower rates than nonsmokers, so researchers sought to understand the factors affecting dental care use in low-income smokers. They found that the issues involved went beyond cost to characteristics such as motivation and self-efficacy.  Discuss
CDC: Teen e-cigarette use rose sharply from 2017
November 16, 2018 -- The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by middle and high school students may be an epidemic, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 20% of high school students report using e-cigarettes on a regular basis, almost double the number from 2017.  Discuss
FDA proposes limits on e-cigarette sales to kids
November 16, 2018 -- Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and their flavor delivering systems, known as pods, will continue to be sold in U.S. stores but only in areas that are off-limits to minors, according to a November 15 directive from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.  Discuss
U.S. voters decide on dental-related issues
November 7, 2018 -- U.S. citizens headed to the polls on November 6 to weigh in on a number of dental-related issues in the midterm election. Local and state ballot measures ranged from community water fluoridation to the future of soda taxes, and five dentists were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Discuss
FDA approves HPV vaccine for more adults
October 8, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved expanding the use of Gardasil 9, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for adults ages 27 through 45.  Discuss
CDC study: U.S. HPV vaccine rate increasing 5% annually
August 29, 2018 -- The number of U.S. adolescents who have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has increased five percentage points annually since 2013, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  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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