April 13, 2018
Oral Cancer Facts
The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates approximately 132 patients are diagnosed with an oral cancer EVERY DAY! That means over 51,550 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Early detection of neck, mouth, and throat cancers is critical to identify the appropriate treatment and reach the best outcomes.
The main causes of oral cancer are alcohol and tobacco use and human papilloma virus (HPV), specifically strain HPV16. You can reduce your risk of getting oral cancer by avoiding excessive alcohol intake, avoiding tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, vaping, chew, snuff, pipes, dip, etc.) completely, and by reducing direct skin/mouth contact with another person with HPV.
Oral cancer has lower survival rates than cervical cancer, thyroid cancer, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Survival rates have not increased in over a decade. When detected in early stages, there is a 70-80% survival rate. However, when detected in later stages, the survival rate is less than 50% after 5 years. Most oral and neck cancers are not detected in the early stages, because of lack of patient awareness and the overall difficulty of detecting these types of cancers. This is why it is critical to visit your dentist every 3-6 months for your professional exam or any time you detect something unusual.
Oral Cancer Self Exam
The Oral Cancer Foundation has put together this instructional video so you can perform your own at-home exam between dental visits or if you notice something unusual.
Schedule your free oral cancer screening with Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson today! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to answer any questions 24/7. You can reach our Costa Mesa dental office by phone at (714) 424-9099 or book online anytime at www.mycostamesadentist.com.
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April 11, 2018
Doing your best to look after your health is a key to enjoying the highest quality of life possible, which is why we’re always encouraging our patients to make choices that keep their mouths — and the rest of their bodies — in great shape. We’re particularly concerned about oral cancer. This devastating illness affects tens of thousands of lives each year, and we don’t want you to become another victim. Your dentist in Costa Mesa is here to talk about some of the facts surrounding this fearsome disease.
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February 8, 2018
If you want to do something good for your heart right now, you could do a few jumping jacks, go for a power walk, or… brush your teeth? It’s true: people who take care of their smiles and have good oral health are less likely to experience gum disease and the host of related health issues that come with it. Heart conditions are the most significant factor linked to gum disease. Keep reading to learn more about the link between your gum health and your heart, and how you can enjoy a clean, healthy smile and better systemic well-being for a lifetime to come!
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January 26, 2018
Have you ever wondered why you need to have your teeth professionally cleaned? Seeing your dentist regularly is important for many reasons, but professional cleanings are essential to maintaining good oral hygiene. Check out what our patients have to say about us!
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January 16, 2018
When you see someone with a perfect set of teeth, what do you think? Are you drawn to that person, or do you come up with excuses not to like them because you’re jealous of their smile? If others’ gorgeous grins make you a little self-conscious, why not take steps to join the ranks of the countless people who have discovered the marvels of teeth whitening in Costa Mesa? A brighter smile could help make 2018 your best year yet!
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January 15, 2018
There any many types of teeth whitening on the market, some available for purchase over-the-counter and some administered in a dental office. If you’ve ever tried teeth whitening strips or teeth whitening toothpaste, you may have seen little to no change in the shade of your teeth. If you’ve ever done in-office professional teeth whitening, you know that to see the most effective results, whitening should be performed by a professional.
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December 18, 2017
If you have just gotten porcelain veneers in Costa Mesa, you know they are a significant investment — and you want to make sure yours last as long as possible. To help you enjoy your new, beautiful smile for years and years to come, we’ve got the top 5 porcelain veneers maintenance tips below!
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Dental veneers are an excellent, permanent solution to achieving that perfect smile. Whether you’re wanting to fix a cracked tooth, chipped tooth, broken tooth, straighten teeth, or just need to update your smile, there are some key things you should do to prepare for your appointment. If you have not already had a dental veneer consultation, schedule one! The first step is getting the information you need to be able to move forward with veneers. Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson and the Advanced Dental Care team are here to help with all of your questions!
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December 12, 2017
Can you believe that there is only a few weeks left in 2017?! This year has really flown by. We wanted to take a minute to remind you that dental insurance benefits do not roll over. This means that the annual benefit you receive from your insurance company must be used before 12/31/17 or you will lose the money. This money, known as your annual benefit, is what you get in exchange for the monthly premium you pay for your insurance. It is also the total amount each year that your dental insurance will ever give you. Essentially, you are paying for something that you will not be able to use after the end of this month.
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