How Biopsies Diagnose Oral Cancer

by Jason 4/24/2012 1:49 PM

A biopsy is a small sample of tissue that your doctor takes from a suspicious area. A specialized doctor, called a pathologist, examines this sample under a microscope to check for cancer. Samples may be taken from your mouth and from lymph nodes in your neck. The biopsy may be done in the doctor’s office or at the hospital.... more...

How Oral Cancer Spreads

by Jason 4/23/2012 11:55 AM

Oral cancer, like all cancers, begins in cells. Healthy cells grow and divide to form new cells, which take the place of old cells that die off.

But sometimes this process goes haywire. Cells needlessly form and divide, or old cells refuse to die off. These extra cells form tumors, or growths. Not all tumors are cancerous; but some are.... more...

Stress Challenges Your Healthy Smile

by Jason 4/16/2012 9:58 AM

Let's face it, we all get stressed. It's the body's response to our crazy, on-the-go lives. Too often though, we become so accustomed to the physical and emotional symptoms of stress, that we stop paying attention. Well, somebody notices and chances are it's your dentist.

Researchers have found that when stress attacks, it often shows up in your mouth first. In fact, stress has been linked to a number of oral health issues. Grinding or clenching the jaw, known as bruxism, is one of the most common ways stress manifests. Between 80 and 90 percent of the population suffers from varying degrees of bruxism. It occurs for many different reasons; however, it is typically known as a coping mechanism for stress. Canker sores, dry mouth and gum disease are also indicators of stress.... more...

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