Rumson Family Dental
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE :

 

  • Oral cancer facts
  • What causes periodontal disease?
  • I'm expecting. Do my teeth matter?
  • How does periodontitis affect the heart?

  • Is periodontitis a contributing factor of a stroke or heart attack?

 

Office Hours :

 

  • Monday: Closed while Dr. Grand attends Continuing Education Course
  • Tuesdays:
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays:
    9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thursdays:
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays:
    9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Saturdays:
    9:00am - 3:00pm

Dr. Lea Grand, DMD

45 West River Road
Rumson, NJ 07760
(732) 530-4810
Fax: (732) 576-1643

 

 

 

 

 Oral Cancer Facts

30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 30,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only half will be alive in 5 years. This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkins disease, cancer of the brain, liver, testes, kidney, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma). If you expand the definition of oral cancers to include cancer of the larynx, for which the risk factors are the same, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to 41,000 individuals, and 12,500 deaths per year in the US alone. Worldwide the problem is much greater, with over 350,000 to 400,000 new cases being found each year. The death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. Often it is only discovered when the cancer has metastasized to another location, most likely the lymph nodes of the neck. Prognosis at this stage of discovery is significantly worse than when it is caught in a localized area. Besides the metastasis, at these later stages, the primary tumor has had time to invade deep into local structures. Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because it has a high risk of producing second, primary tumors. This means that patients who survive a first encounter with the disease, have up to a 20 times higher risk of developing a second cancer. This heightened risk factor can last for 5 to 10 years after the first occurrence. There are several types of oral cancers, but 90% are squamous cell carcinomas. Less common and rare forms of oral cancers exist including Oral Malignant Melanoma, Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.

 

We know that dentists and hygienists are not thought of by the public, and do not think of themselves, as people who engage in the saving of lives. After all, they are not ER doctors. But when either of these dental professionals finds an oral cancer in the course of their examinations, especially if at an early stage one or two, they have undoubtedly saved a life. OCF would like to raise the visibility, awareness, and recognition of these individuals who, through two simple acts, educating themselves about oral cancers, and taking the time to screen their patient populations for oral cancer, actually save lives.


By incorporating a program of cancer screening into their practice of dentistry and dental hygiene they significantly contribute to reducing the death rate and the morbidity of this disease. They help engrain in the publics mind, that a visit to the dentist is not just about cosmetics, hygiene, a crown or filling. When oral cancer screenings are part of a complete dental examination, it is also about saving a life. Their effort reflects the highest standards of dental practice and a commitment to providing the optimum in quality care to patients. More

What causes periodontal disease?

The word periodontal literally means "around the tooth." Periodontal (gum) diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth.  If left untreated, periodontal disease will cause one to lose all of their teeth. More

 

 

Will my teeth affect my unborn baby?

Studies have shown a relationship between periodontal disease and preterm, low birthweight babies. In fact, pregnant women with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that's born too early and too small. More

 

How does periodontitis affect the heart?

Researchers found diseased gums released significantly higher levels of bacterial pro-inflammatory components, such as endotoxins, into the bloodstream in patients with severe periodontal disease compared to healthy patients. As a result, these harmful bacterial components in the blood could travel to other organs in the body, such as the heart, and cause harm. More

 

 

 

Is periodontitis a contributing factor of a stroke or heart attack?

Oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation. Coronary artery disease is characterized by a thickening of the walls of the coronary arteries due to the buildup of fatty proteins. Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow, restricting the amount of nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly. This may lead to heart attacks. More