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Protecting Yourself Against Oral Cancer

If there were a quick and painless way to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try it? What if that person were you? The truth is, as uncomfortable as it may be to even think of the word “cancer,” thinking about it, and thus detecting it early, is key. That’s why, if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you should schedule a visit, because while the oral exam that accompanies your cleaning may not be noticeable to you, it’s often your earliest line of defense in the detection of oral cancer.
Lets take a quick look at a few of the risk factors and symptoms, and consider a few options you may have to help reduce risk. Keep in mind that no list is exhaustive, and to always share with each of your health care providers your concerns and strategies regarding your oral health.

Those at Risk for Oral Cancer
Passing certain age thresholds and engaging in certain lifestyle habits can place you at increased risk for oral cancer. For example, men tend to have higher rates of oral cancers than women.
Here is the short list:
· Patients age 40 and older (95% of all oral cancer cases)
· Patients age 18-39 who use tobacco, are heavy drinkers, or may have a previously diagnosed with oral HPV infection.

Warning Signs
If you experience any of the below symptoms lasting more than 7-10 days, please seek the advice of your doctor. Also, keep in mind that aside from an obviously sore throat, the below symptoms can present themselves in the absence of pain. Look out for changes that can be detected on the lips, inside the cheeks, palate, and gum tissue surrounding your teeth and tongue. At Raulerson Dental Associates we occasionally run across such concerns a few times a year and we were able to send those patients to get biopsies done and help them get treatment in the early stages.
• Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
• A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
• A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
• Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
• Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Reducing risk
If you do not visit the dentist regularly, you could be missing out on the benefits of early cancer detection. Currently, just over half of all those diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years – a statistic driven by late diagnosis – so please visit your dentist and get an oral exam at least once a year. If you are considered “high risk,” (see list above) you should be receiving an oral exam at least every six months, if not more frequently.
Below is a short list of healthy habits you can start doing now, which may reduce your risk.
• Avoid all tobacco products
• Avoid or reduce your consumption of alcohol
• Consume more fruits and vegetables (good for everything, of course)
• Avoid excessive sun exposure that can result in cancer of the lip (using lip balm with an SPF of at least 30 can be helpful)
• Avoid exposure to environmental hazards (wood dust, formaldehyde, printing chemicals)
• Conduct a self-exam monthly so you can catch any of the symptoms listed above. Use a
small hand-held mirror so you can see the back of your mouth and tongue . Our hygienists, Gail, Michele and Jessica are great persons to ask for instructions on this sort of home exam. If you haven’t been in to see us in a while, give us a ring at 813-681-7183 and we’ll show you how to perform this exam in between visits.
• Consider coffee. While the jury is still out, some research suggests coffee may help protect the mouth from oral cancer.
Oral cancer is serious business. Yet, it can be managed when caught early. So, do the right thing and visit your dentist regularly, and get that screening.

Proper Brushing Do`s and Don`Ts

Mouth open or mouth closed?

After lunch or after dinner?

Flat or at an angle?

We brush our teeth every day (hopefully!), but who knew it was this complicated. Just grab a brush a get to work, right?
Not so fast, my friend! There are actually some best practices to be mindful of when brushing those pearly whites.
The trick is cutting through the fat and finding out exactly what works. We live in a world of alternate facts, truthiness, and lists of “7 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Clean Without Picking Up a Toothbrush.” What’s even correct these days?!
Fear not, because we’ve got you covered with this handy FAQ (frequently asked questions) guide. We’ll keep it simple with some easy dos and don’ts of brushing. Let’s get to it!
Proper Brushing Habits
Don’t: Keep your brush flat
Do: Use a 45-degree angle when brushing
Don’t: Use looooooooong strokes. No need to cover your whole mouth in one stroke!
Do: Use short, side to side strokes
Don’t: Brush with the force of a giant. This isn’t a strongman contest!
Do: Gently cover all areas. A gentle touch helps prevent wear and tear on your enamel
Don’t: Go one and done
Do: Brush at least twice a day, especially after eating or drinking something acidic (like citrus or soda)
Don’t: Be sentimental and use the same toothbrush for life
Do: Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. A trick to remember: switch out on the first day of each season
Don’t: Be average – the average person brushes their teeth for 45 seconds
Do: Brush for a full 2 minutes. A helpful trick: say the alphabet while brushing a certain section, move to the next section after you hit Z.
Don’t: Keep your toothbrush in a closed container
Do: All your toothbrush to air dry
Don’t: Store your toothbrush on the sink counter where bathroom particles can get on it
Do: Store your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet
Don’t: Wield a tough-bristled brush
Do: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is much better for your tooth enamel
And there we have it! Some easy practices to keep that perfect smile.
Remember: Brushing is only 4 minutes out of the day, so why not make it the best 4 minutes of the day!

New Office Status Update :)

This is so incredibly exciting! ❤️
Let`s take a look at how our new building construction is progressing 😁
It was a total mess! Construction crew did a great job at stripping everything clean. 
At this point we are waiting for permits from the county in order to start the partial demolition and add almost 4000 square feet to the original building. 
We will need all that space in order to accommodate our office`s growth.

Love is all around

Ahhhh February…

It`s a beautiful time of the year when love fills the air and people like to sh0w their significant other just how much they mean to them.

There are hundreds of languages in the world but a smile speaks them all !
So either it is love for yourself or you would like to give it as a gift to your loved one, why not take advantage and indulge in our facial aesthetics promotion available until February 28th.

Gift Certificates available at front desk.

Botox $10/unit (regular $12)
Juvederm Dermal Filler $500/syringe ( regular $600)
Zoom Teeth Whitening $150/arch (regular $200) and has a $40 manufacturer rebate so total cost is $260 for full mouth treatment.

We are moving !!!

Hello everyone 🙂

Since it is the bright new beginning of what I suspect will be a tremendous New Year, I decided to start a blog for whoever wants to know what is new and what is happening in our office.

I will try to write a monthly blog and have an interesting subject to talk about each time. It can be about procedures and treatments, promotions or talk about our wonderful staff so you can get a glimpse of who we are as professionals and also, as people.

Today`s subject will be about our exciting move to a new location.
We are extremely happy to announce that we will be moving into a new office located at

             510 Oakfield Dr. Brandon, FL 33511

The building will be completely renovated and extended to a whopping 6000 square feet. It will have the newest technology, new dental chairs and equipment. A state of the art facility. 🙂

Estimated grand opening is January 2020. We cannot wait to welcome all our patients in a modern and beautiful location! Our patients deserve to be treated by the highest standards and with the utmost care.

You will be able to check in and follow the construction progress, equipment installation and all the details in constant updates on all our social media outlets.

Our new blog!

Our blog has recently been set up. Please check back soon.