Oral and pharyngeal cancer collectively kills nearly one person every hour every day of the year

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

More than 48,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2016.  Many people are unaware of their risk for oral cancer. While heavy tobacco and alcohol use are still major risk factors, new evidence indicates that the human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is also linked to oral cancer. 

Most people with an HPV infection have no symptoms. Fortunately, only a very small portion will develop oral cancer.  However, since it's impossible to detect the initial infection and predict who will develop oral cancer, screening for early detection is of the utmost importance.  People with an HPV related cancer are often younger and not heavy alcohol or tobacco users. 

All adults need to be screened for oral cancer. With early detection survival rates are higher and side effects from treatment are less.  Dental hygiene visits are the opportune time to conduct the oral cancer screening and raise awareness of its importance

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Visit the OCF website for more informationNational Screening Campaign

During the month of April, the Oral Cancer Foundation  (OCF) invites all dental professionals to join in a national screening campaign to end oral cancer. 

OCF suggestions include scheduling screenings in your practice, hosting an office event where people can walk in for complimentary screenings, or a public event such as partnering with a national drug chain to screen patients in the parking lot.

Visit the OCF website for more information

Waterpik® Aquarius®  wins Best New Consumer Product

The Waterpik® Aquarius® was named the 2015 winner of the DrBicuspid.com Dental Excellence Award for Best New Consumer Product.  The Water Flosser was nominated by a member of the Dr Bicuspid community and survived two rounds of voting by members to secure the award.  Scott Headley (center) accepted the award on behalf of Water Pik, Inc at the recent Chicago Midwinter Meeting