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Time for Children’s Cavities to Hit the Road! Signed, MOM.

When it comes to visiting the dentist, many children are uneasy. They might be wary of the x-ray machine, or the sounds the dental tools make. Unfortunately, these fears are probably due to previous experiences. Maybe the office was cold, the staff unfriendly, or the dentist didn’t explain the procedure in “kid terms.” All of these experiences can turn any routine checkup into a nightmare for a child. Heck even us adults would be turned off, right? The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here at Norge Dental Center, we earn our “family dentist” title by building an entire experience just for children. We understand the fears associated with visiting the dentist for the first time, or even the 10th. Our pediatric wing will make kids feel right at home with TVs, headphones, and blankets for comfort. If it’s your child’s first time to Norge, we take them on a grand tour, or as we like to call it, a Happy Visit. This includes a ride in the dental chair, meeting Mr. Thirsty, counting teeth, learning about Douglas (the Tooth Fairy’s pet), and educating them on the best brushing/flossing techniques. Speaking of those brushing habits, let’s talk about ages 6-14, when kiddos are the most cavity prone. During this time they are still developing proper brushing and flossing habits, and tend to pay more attention to the candy aisles at the grocery store. Because there are so many tiny cracks and grooves in teeth, a toothbrush might not reach all of them, leaving the teeth exposed to the development of decay. This is especially true for their back teeth (molars), which are uneven and a good place for bacteria to hide. Not to worry, sealants are here to save the day! Sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth. It bonds to the tiny cracks and grooves forming a superhero-like shield to prevent food from getting in, and plaque from developing. The entire process only takes a few minutes, and is entirely painless. Sealants last anywhere between three to five years. Keep in mind that they only do their job correctly while fully intact, so make sure to keep regular appointments with your dentist. If you’re wondering how effective sealants are at preventing cavities, we’re glad you asked! Studies say sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80 percent in molars. If any of your child’s teeth are showing early signs of decay, sealants can still be applied over them to prevent further damage. Talk about a win- take that Mr. Cavity! For more information on preventative measures you can take to help ensure your child’s oral health, call our office today to book their first appointment. We’ll perform an initial exam, and give you all the information you need to be heavily armed in the fight against cavities. 

Rather Have a Root Canal? Time to Rethink Your Expectations

There’s a lot of “dread” related to a root canal. We want you to know the anticipation and avoidance is MUCH worse than the actual procedure. Most people think of root canals as painful, but once you know what it actually entails, you’ll understand the value of the procedure – and that it’s not actually that bad. In fact, if you don’t get that root canal, you will undoubtedly experience pain of an infection that spreads and eventually tooth loss. To your dentist, those options are far scarier than a root canal, especially now that patients have so many great sedation options to make the experience a positive one. So what happens in a root canal, and what exactly are we accomplishing when you get one? Let’s cover the basics – The nerve at the root of your tooth has become infected or might even be dead. During a root canal, infected tissue will be removed from your tooth. A dentist (or in some cases an endodontist, a soft tissue specialist) will perform the root canal. It usually takes two office appointments to complete the full procedure. You’ll experience very little pain once it’s done. Think of it as a filling that takes 2 visits. Now that your know the basics, here is a closer look at the actual procedure. To decide whether a root canal is necessary, the dentist will first do an x-ray to assess the situation. If a damaged or infected nerve is found, a root canal appointment will be scheduled. Once you are in the chair ready to go, the dentist will numb the area and make sure the incision area is dry. Sedation methods and anesthesias give patients the option of remaining conscious and not remembering the procedure – or allowing the patient to be asleep during the actual procedure. The best idea is to talk with your dentist about your level of comfort and what would be best for the procedure. Now that you’re comfortable, we will go through the top of the tooth to get to the nerve, or the pulp. The infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned out. A temporary filling is then added to help seal the top of the tooth. On your second visit, a more permanent filling or crown is placed on the tooth. We may also prescribe medication depending on the severity of the infected tooth. You might be wondering, “How do I know if I need a root canal?” Symptoms that might alert you of damaged soft tissue could include: pain when chewing, extreme sensitivity to cold/hot, a cracked tooth, or discoloration of the gums. Make sure to check in with your dentist if you notice any of these warning signs – but keep in mind you may not have any warning signs at all, and it will take the dentist to know. Norge Dental Center patients are uneasy about root canals. Our goal is to make the process as easy...
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5 Secrets to Everyday Teeth Whitening Anyone Can Start Today

Teeth whitening options are everywhere – maybe you’ve even tried a few. From overnight trays to carefully painting each tooth with a whitening gel and waiting for it to work, we’re not surprised to find many patients are frustrated with the whitening tools they try find at the store. The truth is that over time your teeth become less white and the enamel, the outer covering of your teeth, starts to wear away. It can even happen to even the most diligent of brushers. We get asked all the time after a patient gets professional teeth whitening: How can I keep them white this time? There are 5 things every single person can do to keep their teeth whiter. Rinse after dark beverages. Whether it’s a glass of red wine or a daily cup of coffee (okay, or two) these dark, acidic drinks take their toll on our teeth over the years. Give your mouth a quick swish with water to help prevent staining. NOT brushing your teeth immediately after drinking something acidic. (Surprising, we know!) Brushing your teeth right after drinking acidic liquids can cause you to brush away parts of the enamel that have been weakened, leaving your teeth more at risk for stains and other damage. Acidic drinks to be aware of include orange juice, wine, coffee, and tea. Make sure to wait 30 minutes to help prevent the weakening of enamel and staining. Use a straw for beverages to avoid direct contact with teeth. Straws are a great way to spare your teeth. Bonus! If you use reusable or paper straws, you’re protecting both your teeth and the environment too. Chew sugarless gum. Although not as exciting as bubble gum, it is a good way to have fresh breath without adding more damage to your teeth. Sugar actually increases the amount of plaque build-up on teeth, which can ultimately lead to decay or cavities. Sugarless gum allows you to avoid the excess plaque while also helping to increase the amount of saliva in your mouth, washing away harmful acids from food. Floss daily. Yes, DAILY – not just a week before your appointment at our office. 😉 Getting plaque and food between your teeth can help reduce staining and future cavities.   Many of these tips are ones you have probably heard in passing or have been recommended by a friend, but be careful following every tip you come across. Once enamel is lost, it cannot come back. There are many trends like charcoal rubs, rinsing with coconut oil, or an increased fruit intake that can end up harming your enamel instead of making it stronger. For whitening at home, you can consider stain removal toothpastes and whitening strips. Keep in mind – sometimes these quick fixes are not enough to help you achieve the sparkling smile you want. Professional-grade whitening at a dentist office involves trays of whitening solution that are stronger than any over the counter solutions. Dentists are able to customize the experience...
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Is it time for your turnaround story? A story for “dentist-avoiders”

Ashley started her career in TV and radio, but she always knew she wanted to be in sports news. So when she was covering Superbowl XLVIII and she learned that TMZ was launching TMZ Sports, she moved to LA for the job. Ashley followed new opportunities and later worked for the NFL. It was a true dream job for her. After 3 years in LA, she knew she wanted to live closer to home in Hampton Roads. Today Ashley is director of marketing for VB Nightlife, where she helps local businesses promote their events and happy hours, and she runs a social media business. She also co-hosts Living 757, a Hampton Roads entertainment program that just launched September 2019. She takes a lot of photos for her social media business, as well as events. She often turned to one side because she never liked how the other side of her smile looked in pictures. This was part of a trend of avoiding the dentist for Ashley. Growing up, she hated going to the dentist. It always reminded her of a doctor’s office – and so she went as scarcely as she could get away with as a young adult. She never saw a dentist after college, and never saw a dentist when living in LA. At this point, it was 5-6 years since Ashley had dental care. She thought she would be fine, but deep down she knew better. Finally, a friend recommended a trusted dentist that could take a look at Ashley’s teeth and smile. Ashley was nervous because, even though she had a nice smile, she knew this dentist would be able to tell she hadn’t been to the dentist for a professional cleaning in years. Ashley went to see Dr. Timothy Johnston at Norge Dental Center.. He never made her feel bad about not having been to the dentist for so long. To Ashley’s surprise, the office was more like a spa than a doctor’s office. In the end, Ashley had several cavities. This was what Ashley was afraid of – but the truth is addressing it was much better than avoiding it any longer. Her cavities were addressed easily and painlessly. She also talked to Dr. Johnston about improving her smile. It wasn’t as brilliant as she wanted it to be – so together she and Dr. Johnston worked on a plan to dramatically change her smile. First, she had some periodontal work with Dr. Johnston. This helped with a smile that shows a lot of someone’s gums to make teeth look larger. Ashley was able to drive herself to and from her appointment and resume her everyday life immediately. Then, Dr. Johnston’s team designed veneers for Ashley. For a few weeks, she had temporary veneers while her custom veneers were at the lab. Then she had her permanent veneers placed – and she loved the result. Absolutely loved it! Today Ashley gets compliments on her smile – and, it looks so natural, no one guesses...
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Do you smile small? How to add power to your smile and your words

Every time she spoke in front of the audience, she couldn’t help but wonder: What if they are thinking more about my teeth than what I’m saying? All her life, Tiffany Lantz was self-conscious of her smile. She did get compliments on her smile. She had a beautiful smile – but she knew her front teeth were discolored too. The truth is, it didn’t matter who else noticed. Tiffany noticed. She thought about it and often “smiled small” in order to hide the discolored part of her teeth. Tiffany is a surgical ICU nurse at Riverside Regional Medical Center, and when she’s not working there, she speaks to groups of women as part of a sales team. At the hospital, she’s up close and personal with her patients. When she’s speaking, she wanted to be presentable – and she didn’t want her looks to ever distract from her message. Tiffany knew if her teeth looked better, she would feel better in every aspect of her work. She decided to take the step to finally invest in herself. As a healthcare professional herself, Tiffany knew she wanted a practice that was the best care she could find. “As a nurse, I know what outstanding patient care should look like, and I can say that at Norge Dental Center, it’s incredible. From the efficiency of service to the caring staff, it was a personalized experience. It wasn’t only about my teeth – it was about me as a person.” Amie Wade, the dental assistant at Norge Dental Center, was one of the highlights of Tiffany’s experience. She was on top of the shades, level of numbing and special considerations Tiffany needed. Veneers are not just about a stunning smile. It’s about the shape of your mouth and the shade of your teeth. They are custom-designed to suit your mouth and your preferences, so no one would ever guess they’re not your natural teeth. There’s always the moment of truth, when you get to see your new smile for the first time. What ran through Tiffany’s head? That’s really me! Where’s the gap? Is this real life right now? It was. Ever since that day she’s constantly had a big smile across her face. She gets repeated and genuine compliments from people she meets. As Tiffany continues to coach women and motivate them, she can really say she believes in what she always recommends to her audience: Invest in yourself. 

The Truth Behind “Teeth in a Day” and Quality Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing your teeth, the choice is clear: dental implants are the most natural, lifelike restoration you can choose. Maybe you’ve seen dental implants called “teeth in a day.” The goal behind “teeth in a day” is to make sure that you don’t have to live a single day without some kind of teeth in your mouth. Of course, that doesn’t mean that your dental team will prepare your dental implants in a hurry. The reality is that there is plenty of pre-operative work and post-operative care involved. That’s why we don’t call implants “teeth in a day” at Norge Dental Center. For us, there is an incredible amount of care and expertise put into the process of providing patients with dental implants, and we would never sacrifice that quality for “zippy” results. We will never leave you without your smile – but there is still work to be done to make it perfect after the initial placement. We want to make sure that our patients know upfront what is involved. So what’s entailed? Ensuring a Natural Look: We guide patients step by step through the creation of the right “look” for their face. We use digital imaging in order to blend implants naturally with your teeth. Our expertise supports you through the preparation, procedure and post-operative care involved with dental implants – but the final look is about what you want. Focus on Functionality: Dental implants will improve the way your smile looks, but that’s not all we’re looking for. We want dental implants to support your overall health and the functionality of your teeth. When dental implants are done well, they will do more than look great – they will also restore how you eat, laugh and speak. We’re also going to ensure your jaw is ready for a dental implant. Patients with bone deterioration may need a pre-implant procedure to place a titanium post where the tooth is missing. This bonds with bone to create a strong foundation for the implant. An Experience That’s Tailored to You: Our goal is to ensure your comfort. The experience is painless – and many of our patients even find it relaxing. However, we understand that some patients feel uneasy during dental procedures. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and worry free. Therefore, we have sedation options based on your needs. Our friendly staff is also here to answer any questions you may have and ease your concerns so you can focus on your new smile. Are you ready to see what solutions we can provide for your smile? Give us a call today and book your free smile consultation. 

Leave White Smile FOMO Behind: 3 Reasons to Go PRO for Teeth Whitening

You see a brilliant smile on TV and think… no one could have been born with such perfect teeth! You’re feeling major FOMO (the “Fear of Missing Out”) about a sparkling white smile. So you look for a quick fix. Often, it’s at the pharmacy. On the teeth whitening aisle, there are plenty of big promises about how many shades whiter your teeth can be – and how quickly it can happen. As dentists, we can tell you that pharmacy options are often time-consuming and simply don’t deliver the look that patients hope for. Maybe in the past, you used whitening strips that didn’t fit your teeth very well. Or maybe you’ve discovered a mouthful of hydrogen peroxide or activated charcoal doesn’t really whiten your teeth very well. You’re certainly not alone in that because we have heard it all! Many patients are frustrated with whitening on their own – yet still haven’t asked their dentist about teeth whitening. We have found patients don’t seek professional teeth whitening for a few reasons. 1. Patients would rather not bring up the topic of teeth whitening. We want our patients to understand that over time, it’s very common for teeth to lose their pearly white look. It doesn’t mean you’re not taking care of your teeth – and you should never be embarrassed to bring up a concern with our team. Our approach at Norge Dental Center is shame-free. So ask away – that’s what we’re here for. 2. Patients don’t know the difference professional teeth whitening makes. If you have ever been disappointed with the time commitment or the end-result of commercial whitening tools, we would love to show you a new way. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Many patients tell us they wished they had asked about whitening sooner. Just a few of the difference are – Oversight by a professional team to help keep teeth strong and address sensitivity Better results – because not all stains are the same. Dentists are particularly able to handle tougher stains, like those caused by tetracycline. No unexpected striations that make it obvious you’ve whitened (part) of your teeth See significant results in just one appointment At Norge Dental Center, we do in-house whitening treatments, and our team can create custom-fit whitening trays for you. In addition, we’ll help you keep your smile white after whitening with a gel you can use at home to help maintain your results. 3. Patients think of teeth whitening as a luxury, not a necessity. A massage, nail appointment or afternoon shopping are common ways to treat yourself too – yet whitening is seen as too big a commitment. Have you imagined the difference a luminous smile would have on your daily life? The impact and value of a smile you love could be far greater than all of those little luxuries combined. The cherry on top is – whitening is often more affordable than expected. All you have to do is ask, so...
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5 Steps to Start Treating Sleep Apnea (without a CPAP Machine)

Many people with sleep apnea suspect they may have problems with breathing at night, but they haven’t sought out treatment. Why do so many people avoid that sleep apnea diagnosis? You can probably guess the answer. Patients don’t want to do a sleep study, or they dread the idea of having a CPAP machine to wear before drifting off to sleep each night. On top of that, sleep apnea just doesn’t feel like a health problem that’s “urgent.” This was true for Norge Dental Center patient Dave Bolt. He was feeling exhausted during the day, even after a full night’s sleep. He finally decided to get evaluated. “I knew it was sleep apnea, and I wasn’t really surprised,” said patient Dave Bolt. “My wife had mentioned that I’d sometimes be gasping at night. I know that a lot of people aren’t doing anything because they don’t want a CPAP mask, but there are other options.” Like Dave, most people delay evaluation and treatment and just think – I’ll get to it later. Meanwhile, your body is gasping for breath every night. It’s the reason you feel tired all the time. You don’t feel it’s urgent, but the long-term effects start to pile up. Sleep apnea leads to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, memory problems, headaches and other health issues. We’re not talking about the consequences of sleep apnea to scare you. We’re talking about it because so many patients find that it’s very easy to address once you have a diagnosis. And treatment doesn’t have to involve a CPAP machine. Here’s the process you can follow to go from ignoring the problem to treating it: See your primary care physician to ask about sleep apnea. If it’s possible you have it, you may be asked to do an overnight sleep study – or you could be sent home with an at-home tool to measure your breath/heart rate.   With a sleep apnea diagnosis, make an appointment at Norge Dental Center so we can fit you with the best oral appliance for you. We’ll do a thorough evaluation, a measurement of your jaw, and review your options. Often we can eliminate the need for a clunky CPAP machine. In some cases, we make a mold of your teeth and jaw to custom-fit a two-piece acrylic appliance that allows airflow during sleep. Once you begin using your oral apnea appliance, you’ll get more restful sleep every night. You will then bring your sleep apnea appliance to your twice-yearly dental appointment, so we can confirm the integrity of the appliance and make sure it’s still working for you. If you’ve been looking for the sign to finally seek a professional’s advice on sleep apnea, here it is. It’s time to ask your doctor and dentist about sleep apnea assessment and treatment. Signs that you have sleep apnea may include snoring, gasping for air, exhaustion during the day, being overweight or using the bathroom frequently at night. Keep in mind you don’t have...
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What’s the most American thing about you? It could be your smile.

In the world, Americans are known for friendliness, tipping culture – and for being a bit rowdy. (Hey, we like to have a good time!) A visitor to our country might also notice how much we like our personal space – and ice in our beverages. But what you may find surprising is how American it is to smile. We smile when we’re happy, confident or neutral. We smile in part to put others at ease. And if you’re not American, you may be confused as to why we’re grinning from ear to ear! A look at the science of smiling reveals exactly why smiles are so American. Our country has a history of immigration, which means we count on smiling to communicate when not everyone shares the same language. Emotional expressiveness is correlated with diversity. As a dentist, it’s interesting to see that culturally, smiles are important to Americans. It’s no surprise to us. Your smile is how you communicate with the people around you, and our patients who have cosmetic procedures are very happy with the result. If someone feels anything less than confident about their smile, I often share options for cosmetic procedures. We start with a no-fee smile consultation and make a plan from there. Bryce Easley, recently featured on our blog, knew he wanted veneers. He came to Norge because he had saved up – and getting the gaps between his teeth corrected was something he always hoped to do. Bryce decided not to wait any longer and invested in himself, and we hope you’ll do the same. Three reasons Americans put off cosmetic work include – Uncertainty of the outcome. Patients like Bryce begin with a digital mock-up. This allows you to see exactly what your new smile will look like. From there, we make sure the fit, bite and look are all correct. Fun fact: at Norge Dental Center, we even provide cosmetic dentistry to both Mrs. and Miss Virginia. So we promise, you’re in good hands! Time. If you believe you may need extensive work, come in for a no-fee smile consult, and we can discuss your options and how it fits into your schedule. It’s possible that we can complete more work in a single appointment if time is a factor for you. And keep in mind, we’ll never send you home without a smile if you’re getting veneers or implants. Cost. Imagine if you’d gotten cosmetic work done 5 years ago when you first considered it. Would the cost have been worth it by now? It’s possible – especially because studies show people with a great smile seem more likely to get a job they interview for when compared to other candidates. Some patients are surprised to learn that dental bonding or whitening is often much more affordable than they expected. It never hurts to ask your dentist and get a sense of the investment so you can make a plan. We hope you enjoy your 4th of July weekend...
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Meet Bryce Easley

Bryce Easley’s career in musical arts spanned Virginia, New York City and Los Angeles. It was exciting, but didn’t always afford him the financial stability to take care of some lifelong dental issues. After dancing professionally for 30 years, Bryce moved back home to be near family in Williamsburg, Virginia. His love of dance continued, but his knees were ready to retire from show biz. As a result, he found a marketing job in the booming tourist industry in Williamsburg. Suddenly Bryce had a good, steady income, and he knew exactly what he wanted to do first. Bryce had lived with gaps between his teeth all of his life. He knew he didn’t want to fix his smile until he was financially able, and until he found the best dentist for the job. In his new marketing position, Bryce met a former dental assistant. He asked her “if money was no issue, who is the very best dentist to go to?” She immediately recommended Dr. Johnston at Norge Dental Center. “When I went to see Dr. Johnston, he was very confident in his work and in the procedure. He agreed with other dentists I’d seen that veneers were the best way to go. He explained the procedure thoroughly to me so I felt at ease about the whole thing.” What It’s Like to Get Veneers Veneers begin with a digital mock-up, so you can see exactly what your new smile will look like. After that, temporary veneers are fitted to your teeth. This ensures the fit, bite and look are correct. During the final procedure, an ultra-thin layer of your natural tooth surface is removed to make room for a custom-designed, durable covering. Bryce received his temporary veneers in early October, and his permanents on October 29, 2018. “I’m glad I got them when I did. I waited for the best person,” said Bryce. He also admits to being a little obsessed with his oral hygiene now. He is “protecting his investment” as he says, brushing and flossing several times a day. “The procedure didn’t even hurt at all!” Although he’s never been scared of going to the dentist, Bryce was hesitant to have his wisdom teeth removed simply because of the possible pain and recovery of the procedure. When Dr. Johnston started seeing Bryce, he recommended removing them, but he got veneers with the wisdom teeth in place. The experience convinced Bryce to ask Dr. Johnston to remove his wisdom teeth. He now feels more calm about asking for the procedure because he’s going to a dentist he trusts. Results and Maintaining Your Veneers But for right now Bryce is just enjoying his new smile. “I get a million compliments on them. People never ask me where I got my teeth done, just how I get them so white. That tells me they look natural.” Beyond that, they don’t just look natural – they feel natural as well. “They feel like my actual teeth,” Bryce explains. Each veneer covers...
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The Truth Behind “Teeth in a Day” and Quality Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing your teeth, the choice is clear: dental implants are the most natural, lifelike restoration you can choose.   Maybe you’ve seen dental implants called “teeth in a day.”   The goal behind “teeth in a day” is to make sure that you don’t have to live a single day without some kind of teeth in your mouth. Of course, that doesn’t mean that your dental team will prepare your dental implants in a hurry. The reality is that there is plenty of pre-operative work and post-operative care involved.   That’s why we don’t call implants “teeth in a day” at Norge Dental Center. For us, there is an incredible amount of care and expertise put into the process of providing patients with dental implants, and we would never sacrifice that quality for “zippy” results.   We will never leave you without your smile – but there is still work to be done to make it perfect after the initial placement. We want to make sure that our patients know upfront what is involved. So what’s entailed? Ensuring a Natural Look We guide patients step by step through the creation of the right “look” for their face. We use digital imaging in order to blend implants naturally with your teeth. Our expertise supports you through the preparation, procedure and post-operative care involved with dental implants – but the final look is about what you want.   Focus on Functionality Dental implants will improve the way your smile looks, but that’s not all we’re looking for. We want dental implants to support your overall health and the functionality of your teeth. When dental implants are done well, they will do more than look great – they will also restore how you eat, laugh and speak. We’re also going to ensure your jaw is ready for a dental implant. Patients with bone deterioration may need a pre-implant procedure to place a titanium post where the tooth is missing. This bonds with bone to create a strong foundation for the implant.   An Experience That’s Tailored to You   Our goal is to ensure your comfort. The experience is painless – and many of our patients even find it relaxing. However, we understand that some patients feel uneasy during dental procedures. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and worry free. Therefore, we have sedation options based on your needs. Our friendly staff is also here to answer any questions you may have and ease your concerns so you can focus on your new smile. Are you ready to see what solutions we can provide for your smile? Give us a call today and book your free smile consultation. 

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, roughly 53,000 Americans and over 450,000 people worldwide will be diagnosed with Oropharyngeal or Oral Cancer this year. Early detection with treatment increases the survival rate; however, awareness and prevention are our greatest weapons in fighting this disease on the rise. Despite the fact that men are twice as likely to have Oral Cancer than women, other contributing factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet deficiency, and viruses are possible risk factors we all may be exposed to. It is important to maintain routine dental examinations as a screening opportunity. During a routine dental examination, your Doctor or Dental Hygienist will perform a complete Oral Cancer Screening. Risk factors are discussed in conjunction with any relevant history that may contribute to pre-cancerous or cancerous oral conditions. All soft tissues of the mouth, including tongue and external lymph nodes around the oral cavity and neck are examined. A Velscope may be used as an advanced visualization tool that uses natural tissue fluorescence to identify oral abnormalities. Brush Cytology and Oral Brush Biopsy may be necessary in advanced diagnoses of Oral cancers. We encourage our patients to do self-screenings at home as well. It is important to recognize healthy tissues while also being aware of any changes in appearance. Checkyourmouth.org is a great site dedicated to helping with oral self-examinations. Symptoms of Oral cancer may include red or white patches, pain, lumps, numbness in or around the mouth, difficulty swallowing, speaking or moving the tongue. It is important to discuss any of these symptoms regardless of any accompanied visual changes. Here at Norge Dental Center we strive to educate and help prevent diseases of the oral cavity, but are prepared after diagnosis to strategize the best treatment options. We encourage our patients to schedule an Oral Cancer screening in recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness Month. written by Christina Thomas, RDH 
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