You probably associate mint with toothpaste or breath freshener, but since time immemorial, its essential oil has been used as an herbal remedy and as a distinct flavoring for food. Today, both peppermint and spearmint continue to be very popular for cooking, and if you don’t grow your own, mint can easily be found at the local grocer. Try these 7 mint hints: steam vegetables with mint in the water, mix chopped mint with butter to use on boiled potatoes, freeze whole mint leaves in ice cubes for tea or lemonade, add mint to your home-made oil and vinegar salad dressing, use it to garnish desserts, vegetables, or roasts, and chew some fresh mint to cleanse your palate and your breath!
Eating more nutritious food is probably just as important as staying away from sticky, sugary, cavity-causing foods. Carrots, just one example of foods that give your oral health a boost, can act like a toothbrush by scraping away some of the bacteria and plaque on teeth. High in beta-carotene, carrots may also lower your risk of oral cancer. (There is also evidence that beta-carotene may even help people who already have some forms of oral cancer.) In one study, just 30mg of beta-carotene a day (about 2½ carrots) produced improvement in up to 70% of cases of people with leukoplakia, the white lesions in the mouth that can mark the early stages of oral cancer.
A look behind the scenes at the goings on of your Abbotsford Dentist Clayburn Dental. This month we take a look at trauma in children’s teeth, the benefits of crowns and bridges, plus a Wild Dental Trivial contest that could win you an iPod Shuffle!
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Early Detection Saves Lives
In honour of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Clayburn Dental will be offering free oral cancer screenings on Sunday April 28th from NOON to 3pm at Suite 400-3033 Immel St Abbotsford, BC V2S 6S2. Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.
Who should get screened?
Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects are from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups.
What are the risk factors?
There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.
Red and/or white discolourations of the soft tissues of the mouth.
Any sore which does not heal within 14 days.
Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time.
A sensation that something is stuck in you throat.
Numbness in the oral region.
Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue.
Difficulty in swallowing.
Ear pain which occurs on one side only.
A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal.
A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck.
An oral cancer screening should be conducted every year, so take advantage of this free offer and get screened today. Call 604-852-8487 or go to www.ClayburnDental.com for details about this complimentary screening.
For more information about oral cancer, please log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation’s official website at www.OralCancer.org.
Your Abbotsford dentist along with all of the staff at Clayburn Dental Centre are proud to announce the launch of our new website. We hope to provide you with the same comfortable atmosphere that you can expect at our office and give you the same top notch service and advice that you have come to expect from the expert staff at Clayburn Dental Centre.
You’ll find great dental health advice in the form of articles and videos on this blog – please let us know if there are any topics you’d like to see covered here.