Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
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
Top 5 columns from fall 2017
December 22, 2017 -- DrBicuspid.com takes a look back at the five most-read columns and practice management articles from fall 2017, as measured by page views. These columns focus on a wide variety of topics, from legal cases to teeth whitening to overprescription of antibiotics.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Failure to diagnose squamous cell carcinoma of the anterior mandibular region
December 4, 2017 -- A 45-year-old law-enforcement officer presented to an oral surgeon when his general dentist found a white lesion near a recent lower incisor extraction. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler discuss in their latest Legal Cases column, this patient's treatment and case are a reminder that chart entries are crucial to patient care and for legal documentation.  Discuss
Oral cancer research points to an old enemy
November 22, 2017 -- If we knew what was causing oral cancers, we might be able to treat it before it spreads, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He looks at the research that suggests that Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacteria very familiar to periodontists, may play a role in the spread of the most prevalent form of oral cancer.  Discuss
NIDCR names recipients of $1M per year long-term awards
October 9, 2017 -- The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has awarded four researchers approximately $1 million per year for projects focused on deepening understanding of dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases and conditions.  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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