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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

“Close to 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,575 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 48,250 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.” Oral Cancer Foundation

 

This is the harsh reality of oral cancer, a disease that is easy to diagnose, but often discovered too late.

The Facts: The death rate of oral cancer is higher than cancers we hear about more frequently, including cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid. In fact, there are more deaths from mouth cancer each year than there are from road accidents. If you expand the definition of oral and oropharyngeal cancers to include cancer of the larynx, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to approximately 54,000 individuals, and 13,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Worldwide the problem is much greater, with over 450,000 new cases being found each year.

The median age of diagnosis is 62 years old, with the highest percentage of deaths falling within the 55-64 age group. Oral cancer is more common in men than in women, with two men affected for every woman. And those with a history of tobacco or heavy alcohol use account for nearly 75% of all oral cancers diagnosed. Smokers are 6 times more likely than nonsmokers to develop mouth or pharyngeal cancer, and approximately 90% of people with oral cancer are tobacco users.  Over the past 10 years, its incidence has increased in the younger population due to increased contraction of human human papilloma virus (HPV), which is now considered the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer.

Signs and Symptoms: If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms that last for more than two weeks (14 days), you should consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist or doctor for a screening. Remember, early detection is critical.

  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth
  • A white or reddish patch on the inside of your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Difficult or painful chewing
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Sore throat

Get Involved: If you’d like to spread awareness this month and beyond, there are plenty of ways to do so.

Share this infographic to show your support for Oral Cancer Awareness

 

Oral Cancer Facts Infographic

Dr. Wayne Mortenson presents an over-sized check to Crusade for Children

Dr. Wayne presents $10,000 to Crusade for Children

What a great feeling it is to give back to the communities we love! After collecting donations from our patients at Mortenson Family Dental, Kid’s Dentistree and Braces Braces Braces over the past three months, we were able to raise $10,000 for the 63rd annual WHAS Crusade for Children. The Crusade is an organization that raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children, and has raised over $165 million since it began in 1954. WHAS11 was so impressed with the amount we raised that they invited our founder, Dr. Wayne, on the news to present the check in person.


“Over the years, we have been very involved with the community and have helped many causes. Jacque Ramsey, our director of marketing really felt like this would be a great cause – that would involve our patients and team members and so we decided that it would be a great cause to support.”

– Dr. Wayne Mortenson


The WHAS Crusade for Children is coming up the weekend of June 4 and June 5. Find out more at www.crusadeforchildren.org or donate by clicking here. And be sure to follow the Crusade for Children on social by clicking the links below:

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Woman holding coffee cup with text that reads "Do's and Don'ts for a White Smile"

11 Do’s and Don’ts for a Whiter Smile

When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) asked people what they would most like to improve about their smile, a whiter smile was the overwhelming response.  A whiter, brighter smile gives the impression of youth and good health. As we age, the outer enamel of the teeth gets thinner so that yellowish dentin shows through. Teeth become darker, yellow, and more stained. Certain foods and beverages also undermine a white smile by staining teeth.

The American Dental Association (AACD) and celebrity dentist Jonathan B. Levine, DMD, offer several suggestions for whiter teeth. Follow these tips to achieve a more dazzling, engaging smile.


 

1. Avoid foods and beverages that stain teeth. Coffee, red wine, cola, tea, and cranberry juice are the main offenders. Soy sauce and blueberries can also stain teeth.

Smiling woman holding cup of coffee

2. Drink staining beverages from a straw. Drinking from a straw reduces the amount of contact staining liquid has with teeth.

Close-up of a woman drinking lemonade with a straw

3. Brush immediately after consuming a staining food or beverage.

Boy with braces brushing his teeth

4. Rinse after eating acidic fruits to prevent erosion of tooth enamel which can make teeth stain more easily.

Woman sipping water

5. Eat an apple or raw vegetable after consuming a staining food or beverage to help remove surface stains.

Healthy woman eating an apple

6. Replace your toothbrush every three months to clean properly and floss to prevent stains between teeth.

Old Toothbrush

7. Avoid certain lipstick colors. Dr. Levine cautions that red with a blue undertone will highlight yellow tones in teeth. Try a medium coral instead.

Woman applying red lipstick

8. Choose off-white clothing. Dr. Levine also finds that bright white clothing near the face makes teeth appear more yellow. This is especially important for brides or anyone selecting an outfit for a photo session.

Woman in rustic vintage California wedding dress

9. Avoid smoking. Tar and nicotine cause significant yellowing.

Young girl blowing a cloud of smoke

10. Consider cosmetic whitening. An overwhelming number of over-the-counter whitening toothpastes, gels, trays, and strips are on the market. While inexpensive, they are not as effective as in-office whitening because they remove stains rather than change the color of teeth. Also, the trays often fit poorly.

Woman smiles and points at teeth

11. Consult your dentist about in-office whitening. Bleach may not correct all discoloration issues. Some medications can cause discoloration. Yellow teeth respond better to bleaching than brown or gray teeth. Whitening may not be for you if you have caps, crowns, or fillings. If you are a candidate for whitening, your dentist can use stronger bleaching agents than over-the-counter products and may also use special light or laser. Your dentist can also send you home with properly fitted trays so you can maintain your new, whiter smile.

Teeth whitening

 

Mortenson Family Dental staff at the Shelby Touched Twice Clinic

Touched Twice – Day of Dentistry

On Saturday, March 12, our Mortenson Family Dental team donated a free day of dentistry to the 7th Annual Shelby Touched Twice Clinic, an event aimed at giving back to Kentucky’s communities. This yearly event coordinates with dozens of churches across our state to provide food, toiletries, spa visits, makeup, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, clothing, medical exams and screenings, vision care and dental treatment to local families in need of assistance. It was the 6th year that Mortenson Family Dental has participated in Touched Twice, which is part of a nationwide initiative to heal struggling communities holistically: both those serving and those being served.

Our team was able to see a total of 83 patients on Saturday, and provide 60 cleanings and 43 extractions. It was all in a day’s work for Beth Whitehouse, a team leader in Shelbyville, who says the reason she participates every year is “because it’s important for Mortenson to give back to a community that has given us so much in return.” She says, “This day stands for more than just the dentistry provided; it stands for an entire community donating their time and talents for its members who could use a helping hand.” According to Touched Twice, nearly 15% of Americans are uninsured. This means that for over 42 million people, there is basically a crisis happening in their own backyards. This day of donations and volunteer service proves that you don’t have to travel thousands of miles or spend thousands of dollars to help. All it costs is a few hours of your time to change the lives of the people in your community.

For Zachary Stevenson, who works in Patient Services, experiencing the clinic for the first time was “truly amazing and humbling.” He notes that everyone he helped was extremely grateful, but also that he was impacted greatly by the atmosphere of the day. This is where Touched Twice gets its name: both the people being helped and the people helping are “touched” by the experience.

 

If you’d like to donate items or volunteer your time for next year’s event, you can sign up on their website

Or to stay up to date on all that Shelby Touched Twice is doing throughout the year, follow them on Facebook.

 


Additional Stats:

591 Volunteers

80 Churches

29 Cities

402 Guests

107 Vision Exams

121 Medical Exams

92 Haircuts

75 Nails

144 Photos

43 Blood Glucose Screenings


Learn more about Touched Twice:

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Mortenson Family Dental Valley Station Team and KristyLove

KristyLove Foundation Day of Dentistry

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

Today our Valley Station office teamed up with the KristyLove Foundation to donate a free day of dentistry to all of the program’s participants. Cleaning, dentures, crowns, fillings and bridges ­– you name it­. The team volunteered their time and talents to provide a valuable service to some very deserving patients. “It was important for us to show others love and compassion that they’ve never been given,” said Team Leader Sarah, “We are fortunate to enjoy what we do, so it’s a great way for us to give.”

The KristyLove Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for women who are recovering from addiction and dangerous environments. They provide shelter and case management to help lead women to better health care, education and employment. And their focus on small intimate housing creates an uplifting and comfortable atmosphere for their members to work their way back to a clean life. Kristy Love founder Angela R. attributes the program’s success to the dedication of its participants and a focus on compassion, saying that when women come into the house, “they have to commit to being clean, getting a job and must learn to have a charitable heart.”

Several women who received care today were surprised that the Valley Station office would open its doors and volunteer their expertise so freely. But for the Valley Station team, who have been serving southwest Jefferson County for over 4 years, the Day of Dentistry was just an opportunity to give back to the community they love to serve. “Everyone has value and a purpose,” says Dr. Heather Walker, “and if we can do one small thing to make others feel loved and valued, we want to do that.”

If you are interested in helping the KristyLove Foundation too, they are always accepting monetary donations in addition to household items, linens, appliances, school supplies, beauty products, transportation and gift cards. You can even donate your time and expertise by helping to repair, paint or renovate the housing they provide their members. If you’re unable to volunteer or donate, you can ‘like’ and ‘share’ KristyLove Foundation on Facebook to help spread their mission.

Phone: 502-295-6437

Email: info@thekristylovefoundation.org

Mail: KristyLove Foundation

PO BOX 11793

Louisville, KY 40251

Call (502) 244-9595
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