Being a dental professional is about so much more than just ensuring day-to-day oral health. As we all know, the mouth acts as a window to the rest of the body and can tell us a LOT about a person’s overall health.
The amount of time we spend with our patients grants us the opportunity to spare them the trauma of devastating diseases like oral cancer. Oral Cancer Cause reports that early oral cancer detection increases survival rates by 80 – 90%. Since almost all cases of oral cancer are discovered in the dentist’s chair, this makes the simple act of oral screening an important, and sometimes lifesaving, part of every appointment.
Comprehensive care doesn’t stop there, though. I like to perform head and neck exams along with recording a patient’s blood pressure and pulse. Building and monitoring this health history provides me with data to refer back to should I notice a change in the future.
My friend Rachel Wall, RDH, Founder of Inspired Hygiene, shares a heartening story in the video below. I hope her message encourages you to include oral cancer screenings as a permanent addition to your workflow.
Posted June 21, 2019
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Posted May 24, 2019
So you’ve decided to find a new job—only to discover that the market is scarce. Job markets (like any market) ebb and flow. Some months, like September and October, are better than others because a lot of companies want to hire before the frenzy of the holidays. Other months, like June and July, aren’t so […]
Posted May 10, 2019
Every working professional runs into a problematic coworker eventually. It’s simply the odds of working with other people. Not everyone you work with will mesh or vibe with your personality or work style. While you can solve a lot of these situations by just ignoring the person, bad coworkers can become a serious issue if […]