Schedule your free Oral Cancer screening in April

Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April

April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, and Mortenson Family Dental is offering free oral cancer screenings throughout the month! The goal of offering free screenings is both to promote awareness and education of oral cancer, and to help with early detection.

Oral cancer is typically thought to be caused by smoking and tobacco use, but there are many other causes that are often ignored. There is a growing number of young adults that have been diagnosed with oral cancer, due to human papilloma virus (HPV). According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 45,750 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.

“Most people think of oral cancer as a disease people get later in life after many years of using tobacco products. That is not the case anymore. Typically, your General Practitioner does not check for signs of oral cancer, unless you ask him/her to. As dentists, we are trained to look for the signs of oral cancer and to use early detection tactics. We are seeing a trend of young people being diagnosed with this terrible disease. Early detection is key.” Dr. Phil Schuler, DMD

To schedule an appointment for a free oral cancer screening at any Mortenson Family Dental location, call 502-244-9595.

Mortenson Family Dental has been proudly serving the Kentucky and Southern Indiana communities for more than 35 years.

Mortenson Family Dental team providing free dental care

Free Dental Care Donated to 120+ People in Shelby County

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, Mortenson Family Dental partnered with Touched Twice Ministries in Shelbyville, KY to provide free dental care to members of the community in need. Our team members provided a free cleaning or tooth extraction to more than 120 people and donated more than $13,000 worth of dental services.

It is our privilege to participate in this event and others like it. By opening our doors to members of the community that need a little help, we are able to meet and treat patients who may not otherwise get needed dental care. People put off visiting the dentist for a variety of reasons, including fear of pain, fear of the cost, embarrassment, and uncertainty of what to expect.

One of the most touching moments of the day came when an adult patient came to our office, sharing that he was too embarrassed by his smile to go out in public with his grown children. He was nervous to the point of tears. In an effort to comfort him, Dr. Jessica Eugenio and her assistant, Cindy, began to sing “This Little Light of Mine” to him. The compassion Cindy and Dr. Eugenio showed encouraged this patient to trust that they would take good care of him and not make him feel bad about his teeth. Soon he was smiling and let them continue treating him.

We are so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community like Shelby County! Check out some of our photos from the event!

World Oral Health Day 2015

Know The Basics of Your Oral Health

March 20th is World Oral Health Day! It’s time to spend a few moments on your oral health.

Maintaining your oral health can be as easy as 1-2-3. In honor of World Oral Health Day, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to care for yourself and your smile. Take a few moments to look over the resources linked below, and remember these three guidelines to help ensure your optimal oral health.

1. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.

Make sure you know the right way to brush. Take a minute and check out the American Dental Association’s (ADA) proper brushing technique. And we know flossing isn’t high on everyone’s list of favorite things to do, but investing such a small amount in your oral health each day can benefit you big-time in a number of different ways.

2. Choose your diet with care. 

What you eat can make a big impact not only in your overall health, but also in your oral health. Do you know the top foods that can damage your teeth?

3. Visit your dentist regularly.

Work with your dentist to determine the right frequency of dental visits for you. Twice a year is common, but you may find that your needs are different. Also consider these signs you should see the dentist from the ADA.

 

Whiten Your Smile and Help a Child!

Your teeth get whiter, a child’s life gets brighter!

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From March through June, Mortenson Family Dental is donating all proceeds from whitening appointments to charity!

 

  • Boost® in-office treatment for $299 (same-day whitening results!)
  • Custom, take-home whitening tray treatment for $99

 

All you need to do to participate is call any Mortenson Family Dental location and make your appointment for your choice of treatment. At your appointment, you’ll make your check or payment to the Smiles for Life Foundation. 100% of your donation goes directly to help children in need, including local programs here in Kentuckiana like School Choice Scholarships, and international programs like WaterStep.

Call us now to make your appointment! 502-244-9595 

You can also check out our post on common teeth whitening questions.

What is Smiles for Life?

Smiles for Life is a national fundraising campaign that Crown Council members participate in. It is a non-profit organization that donates proceeds raised to children’s charities around the world.

Since 1988, Smiles for Life has raised more than $33 million benefiting hundreds of children’s charities including Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude’s Children Hospital and the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

Thank you for using your smile to put smiles on the faces of thousands of children!

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