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Oral Cancer Awareness - Fairfax Dentistry

March 19, 2017

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 21,000 men and 9,000 women in the United States annually receive oral cancer diagnoses. In 2013, there were 41,380 new cases of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx in the U.S., resulting in 7,890 deaths, per the NCI.

Oral cancer can be found in the mouth and/or throat- with most of these cancers beginning on the surfaces of the mouth, tongue and lips. Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include, but are not limited to the following: tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, infection with human papillomavirus, sun exposure, diet, betel nut use, and personal history of oral cancer.

Common Symptoms of Oral Cancer - Fairfax Dentistry

Symptoms to watch for include patches inside the mouth or on the lips, a sore on the mouth or lips that doesn't heal, bleeding in the mouth, loose teeth, pain or difficulty swallowing, lump in the neck, numbness of lower lip and chin, difficulty wearing dentures and a persistent earache.

At Natural Horizons, we take your oral health & oral cancer screenings very seriously. In each dental cleaning with our hygienist, Tina Nguyen, towards the end of the appointment our dentist, Dr. Rahul Kumar, DDS, does an oral cancer screening. This is to ensure that no symptoms are being missed and proper care is taken moving forward. If you stay on top of your dental cleanings, these oral cancer screenings are done every 6 months at your routine check-up.

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Spring Break is coming - Call to schedule your routine check-up today!

With Spring Break approaching quickly & tax season winding down, please take advantage of your time off from school and/or work and those hefty tax refunds to stay on top of your oral health today. Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and proper maintenance is essential to your oral health! 

Call Carole at (703) 246-9355 to get your appointment scheduled today! We are happy to accommodate you with our NEW DENTAL HOURS - Fairfax Dentistry:

Monday 7:30 am- 5:00 pm, 
Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, 
Wednesday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm, 
Thursday - CLOSED, 
Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, 
Saturday - By Appointment Only.

New Products - Oral Essentials

The Dental Division - Fairfax Dentistry, is now carrying new toothpaste and mouthwash products with Oral Essentials.

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The goal of Oral Essentials is to produce and distribute a revolutionary line of oral hygiene products for daily use that combine natural ingredients & ingredients with evidence based benefits to create a long-term solution for oral & whole body health. Ask about them at your next dental appointment!

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