Patient Education

Brushing Gunner’s teeth

Gunner demonstrating how to brush and floss to a preschool class.  If you are interested in having Gunner teach dental hygiene, contact us to schedule a visit to the office free of charge! Click here for more pictures of Gunner!

Oral Cancer Awareness

Each year, in the US,more than 21,000 men and 9,000 women are diagnosed with oral cancer.Most f them are over 60 years old ,although the trend has been changing in the recent years with younger individuals also falling into the high risk categeory on account of chewing smokeless tobacco.

Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because in its early stages it may not be noticed by the patient because it does not cause any discomfort.

Risk Factors

  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Increasing age
  • Viral etiology
  • Males are more likely to get oral cancer.

Possible signs and symptoms

  • Red/White patch in the mouth
  • An ulcer that does not show any signs of healing after 14 days
  • Any lump in head/neck area
  • Pain/difficulty swallowing
  • Numbness in facial area
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Unilateral persistent ear ache

Common Oral Cancer Sites

  • Tongue
  • Floor of the mouth
  • Between cheek and lip area
  • Salivary glands


  • The most important tool for diagnosis is regular self examination with the help of a bright light and mirror.
  • Regular visits to the dentist and exam by the dentist.
  • In the event of any suspicious area being discovered, the only way to confirm diagnosis is with a biopsy. This is usually not painful and takes little time.Your dentist or medical doctor will refer you to a specialist,most likely an Oral Surgeon to perform the biopsy.
  • It is important to have a firm diagnosis as early as possible.


  • Quit smoking and tobacco use
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Do a regular self exam and do not ignore any ulcers,lumps ,patches or other symptoms
  • Regular visits to the dentist for oral evaluation




Get help to quit smoking at-1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)


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Diagnosing Oral Cancer

Actor, Michael Douglas, advocates testing for oral cancer. Click here to view the original article.  View the article featuring Dr. Paul Griffith explain the use of purple light for early cancer detection.