Spring has sprung! We look forward to sunny days and warmer nights. Spring also kicks off many celebrations that require a beautiful and bright smile: graduations and weddings. In this newsletter we will discuss the importance of oral cancer screenings, our monthly Smile Special, Spring Giveaway, teeth whitening options, and more!
April Holidays Celebrated Around the World
Four of the main holidays celebrated in April are Easter, Passover, Ramadan, and Vishu Baisakhi. These celebrations are for the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, commemorating the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses, timing of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion, and worshiping the God of Time. Whichever holiday you may celebrate, we wish you memorable times with family and friends!
Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know that a majority of patients who have been diagnosed with oral cancer are young, healthy, non-tobacco using individuals? According to The Oral Cancer Health Foundation, “smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus.”
The OCHF also states that approximately 53,000 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. That is 132 new people in the U.S. every day will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer, and that one person every hour of the day, 24/7/365 will die from it.
Oral cancer can strike in the mouth and throat with most of these cancers beginning in the flat cells—squamous cells—that cover the surfaces of the mouth, tongue and lips. Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), sun exposure, diet, and personal history of oral cancer.
Symptoms to watch for include patches inside the mouth or on the lips, a sore on the mouth or lips that doesn’t heal, bleeding in the mouth, loose teeth, pain or difficulty swallowing, lump in the neck, numbness of lower lip and chin, difficulty wearing dentures and a persistent earache.
The good news is that a doctor or hygienist can see or feel the precancerous tissue changes which might lead to cancer. So it is important to continue the good habit of 6-month check-ups. If you are a tobacco user, have a family history of oral cancer or have HPV we recommend regular screenings. The examination will only take 3 to 7 minutes of your time. If you have a concern or change in your mouth health we highly recommend you contact your dentist and schedule an appointment immediately.
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April Smile Special- $750 OFF Invisalign
Spring forward into a new smile! This month, you will receive $750 off new Invisalign treatment when you complete your records appointment and consent to start treatment by April 30, 2022. The initial deposit of $1850 is required to be paid in full in order to be eligible for the discount. Check out these recent cases completed in our office:
Call or email our office to schedule your free consultation and digital smile scan! You deserve a great smile!
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Smile Big, Smile Bright with a Whiter Smile
Boost your confidence with in-office or at-home teeth whitening! Now is the perfect time to brighten your smile for special event photos. In-office whitening takes approximately 1 hour and it virtually pain-free with the GloScience Teeth Whitening system we use. Touch up at home or create a subtle, gradual change with a take-home kit. Not all smile are the say, so we suggest scheduling an appointment for exam, xrays, and cleaning to determine which whitening needs suit you best.
Patient Referral Program
Patient referrals are the best gift a current patient can give us and we are incredibly grateful for your loyalty, trust, and commitment to our practice. We enjoy what we do- giving you and your loved ones the healthiest and most appealing smile. As a show of thanks from us to you, we are increasing our “Gift of Health” referral credit from $35 to $50, as well as sharing a gift card from our Referral Tree with you for each new patient that is seen for an appointment and mentions you as the referral source. “Gift of Health” referral credits can be used towards co-payments and in-office purchases, such as toothpaste and electronic toothbrushes. There is no limit to how much you earn- so tell tell your friends and family members about your wonderful experience at our practice!
We hope you see you soon!