A night guard is a thin piece of hard plastic made from impressions of your teeth that is placed on the upper teeth. The night guard is hard enough to be durable but it is softer than teeth and protects them from wear. A night guard protects your teeth and jaw from the detrimental effects of nighttime teeth grinding. The pressure created by grinding can eventually wear your teeth down to nothing! Other warning signs that you may be grinding your teeth at night include headaches (sometimes severe) and jaw pain when you wake up in the morning.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the NTI Tension Suppression System (NTI) as a drug-free alternative to reducing headache pain and migraine-related episodes that affects 28 million Americans. This safe and effective device is simple to use, requires no surgery and has no side-effects.
In a multi-center trial of the NTI device, 82% of sufferers had a 77% reduction within 8 weeks. Just a single visit to our office can make someone become an ex-migraine sufferer!
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- I cannot get oral cancer. I don’t smoke nor drink.
- Oral cancer is a rare disease so my chances of getting it are very small.
- I have full dentures. I don’t need to go to the dentist regularly.
- Oral cancer is for older people. I am young so I do not need to worry about it now.
- If I should be diagnosed with oral cancer, it will be easily treated and I will be cured.
Oral cancer is a very common disease affecting over 48,000 people in the United States alone, and this number continues to grow exponentially. Every 60 minutes of every day someone in the U.S. dies from oral cancer. It is literally becoming an out-of-control epidemic.
The biggest concern is that two-thirds of all oral cancers are detected at a late stage of the disease, making the average survival rate 50 percent at five years. This overall oral cancer survival rate is worse than almost all cancers that are commonly known.
The goal is to detect early cancer changes in the head, neck, and inside of the mouth. This is accomplished through routine oral cancer screening by a dentist for everyone 16 years and older, teeth or no teeth. The earlier oral cancer is detected, the better the chances for limited surgery intervention and a much longer survival rate.
Many Americans are unaware of the serious health threat of oral cancer. This epidemic flies below the radar for most, even though every sixty minutes someone dies from oral cancer in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 48,250 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone.
The majority of oral cancers are thought to be caused by the major risk factors of excessive use of tobacco and alcohol. However, a significantly growing percentage of individuals diagnosed with oral cancer are from the human papillomavirus (HPV). The latter group are oftentimes young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals.
A great deal can be done to reduce the incidence of oral cancer through education and minimization of risk factors for this disease. The reduction of risk factors plus routine oral cancer screenings creates the best chances to save lives.
The Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) established April as Oral Cancer Awareness month. OCF has invited us to join them in their national oral cancer screening campaign to increase oral cancer awareness.
Our office will be offering complimentary oral cancer screenings throughout the month of April for all members of the community. With your help, we can all work together to reduce the incidence of oral cancer.
Source: Jonathan A Bregman, DDS, FAGD, CAFL