Today’s Family Dental utilizes the most high-tech dental equipment available in order to provide our patients with the best possible services and procedures. Our dentists use digital X-rays and an intra-oral camera for more accuracy and efficiency. The use of digital dental technology means more time for you to enjoy your smile away from the dental chair. The use of digital dental technology means more time for you to enjoy your smile away from the dental chair. Find more information about our high-tech dental tools in the links below.
All of our dentists and hygienists strongly value patient education. Dr. De Rosso utilizes a patient education system which allows patients to see live-motion videos, with crisp, state-of-the-art 3D animations explaining complex procedures in an easy-to-understand language. Our patients can better understand what our doctors and hygienists are talking about, and reasons for his recommended treatment plans. Understanding your own health is key to achieving and maintaining your smile and overall wellness.
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How serious a malady is oral cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, about 110 people in the United States will be diagnosed with this disease every day. Of those, about one in three will be under 55 years of age. The good news is, the 5-year survival rate for this type of cancer — when detected in its early stages — is better than 80%.
Unfortunately, oral cancer is not usually found so early. When it’s discovered at a later stage, the odds of 5-year survival drop below 60%. In fact, the National Institutes of Health estimates that one in four individuals diagnosed with oral cancer will not survive because their diagnosis and treatment were delayed. This shows how important it is to detect oral cancer as early as possible.
Who’s most at risk for oral cancer? While genetics clearly influences who will get the disease, lifestyle factors also play a significant role. Users of tobacco in any form, and moderate to heavy consumers of alcohol, are up to nine times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-users. As is the case with skin cancers, prolonged sun exposure has been linked to cancers of the lip. A diet low in fruits and vegetables is also associated with increased risk.
While most people who get oral cancer are over 40 years of age, a growing number of younger people are diagnosed with the disease every year. This disturbing trend is thought to be the result of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16), which is sexually transmitted. So today, oral cancer screenings are important not just for older folks, but for everyone.
Today’s Family Dental puts patients first. There are several benefits to using digital radiography X-ray technology over traditional film X-rays. Patients have less exposure to radiation. In fact, digital X-rays use up to 90% less radiation than film X-rays. While conventional dental X-rays are relatively safe, digital radiography is an excellent option for those who take X-rays on a regular basis or for those who are concerned about radiation. This helps patients have a clearer and more concise understanding of what our doctors and hygienists are seeing, and why treatment may be necessary. Increased knowledge of dentistry for patients helps create awareness and insight into their own health.