Oral Cancer Linked to HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Vaccine, Designed for Cervical Cancer, May Fight Oral Cancer Too

Cervical cancer has made headlines recently with the introduction of a vaccine against the most vicious strains of the virus. A new study finds that these same strains are also linked to oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Though the vaccine is being marketed to young women as a way to fight cervical cancer, it may also decrease the risk of oral cancer.

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NYC Doorman Suspended for Having Bad Breath

Neglect Your Oral Health – Get Suspended from Your Job?Bad Breath is a big problem

Like so many other New York City apartment buildings, Gracie Garden Apartments has a doorman to greet and assist residents and guests. But 60-year-old Jonah Seeman was recently suspended without pay on account of his bad breath.

The realty company that manages the building claims that “severe breath odor” has been a recurring problem for Seeman, a fact the doorman denies. “What are you putting me through?” asked Seeman, who supports his elderly mother. “It’s the holiday season.”

For now, Seeman is taking a double-pronged approach. He’s filed a complaint with his union, and he’s also started brushing more and avoiding onions and garlic.

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Dentist Insists that Flossing Teeth Is a Waste of Time

Dentist Insists that Flossing Teeth Is a Waste of TimeDentist, Ellie Phillips, has written a tell-all oral health book, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, where she shares her oral care expertise and how anyone can achieve a “truly healthy mouth.”

And Phillips shares one controversial tip: She insists that flossing your teeth will do nothing to reduce the risk of tooth decay.

In 2004, a long-term study found that rinsing twice daily with an Antiseptic mouth-rinse like Listerine was as effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis as flossing once daily.

The results were published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

Dr. Phillips supports this finding, arguing that rather than flossing, all dental patients need to do is use 3 different types of mouth rinses every day.

“As a liquid solution, Listerine Antiseptic easily flows into these hard to reach areas between teeth and with a microbial action kills the germs that cause plaque and gingivitis.” says Christine Charles, RDH Associate Director, Oral Care Clinical Research at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and one of the leads for two studies comparing the effectiveness of Listerine Antiseptic and flossing.

Dr. Phillips specialty is preventive dental care and her life’s passion is to bring honest oral health education to dental patients. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. She is a graduate of Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, NY with qualifications in pediatric and general dentistry. She is an honorary member of the Eastman Academy, University of London, England. Recently Dr. Phillips was the pediatric outpatient clinic director at the Eastman Dental Center and a faculty member at the University of Rochester.

She states, “I want patients to be able to access the truth about teeth. Health professionals should be tested (like a CPR test) on evidence-based study results that indicate many diagnostic methods are ineffective and that patients can actually “clean” their own teeth with the correct o-t-c- products and avoid treatments.”

“Today we are talking about National Health Care – be careful what you wish for! The UK has had free dental services for over sixty years – and the British are known for the worst teeth in the world. Why? The reason unfortunately lies in the fact that you will receive whatever treatment dentists are paid for.” Dr. Phillips continues, “In the UK, when I graduated, dentists were paid more to take out teeth and heavily fill them than do any preventive work. Many teenagers had dentures given to them as “wedding gifts”. Sadly there are serious general health complications from dental disease and tooth loss.” (Amazon)

Hmm… have you read Dr. Phillips book? What are your thoughts? Do you feel flossing is unnecessary? Could this somehow be a marketing play… for Big Pharma?

Here’s a video with Dr. Phillips explaining her technique —

For more on this story see: Is flossing your teeth a waste of time?

Cosmetic Dentist Sends John Lennon’s Tooth on a Magical Mystery Tour

Cosmetic Dentist Sends John Lennon's Tooth on a Magical Mystery TourJust eight months after purchasing a dental crown for $10,000 that once belonged to Elvis Presley, one of The Wealthy Dentist’s favorite dental marketing dentists, Dr. Zuk, has made news again.

The former cosmetic dentist, who also wrote the book, Confessions of a Former Cosmetic Dentist, is now launching a campaign to fight against mouth cancer with a necklace made with one of John Lennon’s teeth.

Yes, you read that right — a famous Beatles’ tooth.

Dr. Zuk purchased John Lennon’s molar when it was put up for auction and decided to use part of the tooth to create a DNA necklace. Zuk teamed up with Beverly Hills celebrity jeweler, Ari Soffer to design a pendant with the peace sign, the internationally recognized symbol for peace.

This is not unusual for Dr. Zuk, who, in the past, has also purchased a piece of one of Elvis Presley’s scarves, a lock of Marilyn Monroe’s hair, the signature of Woody Woodpecker cartoonist Walter Lantz, and autographed pictures of musician Gene Simmons and Gilligan’s Island star Bob Denver.

But this time his latest purchase has gained more than just the attention of international news.  Chris Branfield, dental practice owner and member of the Marketing Pirates of Dentistry, heard about the necklace and wanted to share it with the world to raise the public’s awareness of mouth cancer.

To coincide with National Mouth Cancer Month, the tooth pendant is being shared with 16 dental practices across the UK offering free mouth screenings, promotions and cancer fundraising events at each of the dental practices.

Mr. Branfield told Northcliffe Media, “The [Marketing Pirates of Dentistry] group is always looking for things online and they were looking for something to do with the Beatles for their 50th anniversary. It’s a mad group but it’s about making connections with people.”

Mr. Branfield’s Castle Park Dental Care center will be the first dental practice in the UK to host Lennon’s tooth.

Only two other peace pendants are being made from John Lennon’s tooth dust, one is for Dr. Zuk himself, and the other is being given to Dr. Howard Farran by Dr. Zuk in recognition for his promotion of dental charities and his contributions to improving the dental profession.

To read more about this story, see How John Lennon’s Tooth is Fighting Cancer at Cottingham Dentist’s.

A special shout out to Dr Zuk: Thank you for contacting The Wealthy Dentist to let us know about your latest dental marketing enterprise!

Dentists Weigh in on Whether Toothpaste Matters

Dentists Weigh In on Whether Toothpaste Matters (Video)In a The Wealthy Dentist dental marketing survey, dentists were asked if they believe it matters which type of toothpaste dental patients use.

Two-thirds of the dentists who responded agreed that some toothpastes can make a difference in oral health. The remaining dentists felt that any toothpaste dental patients buy today will clean teeth just fine.

According to several of the dentists, the toothbrush is what really matters — not the toothpaste.

Wrote one dentist, “The brush does 95% of the work.” A pediatric dentist agreed: “In all honesty, you do not need toothpaste. The friction of the toothbrush is the most important thing! You can even use a wet washcloth or a Q-tip.”

Others point out that it is the amount of time that dental patients spend brushing is what really matters.

To hear more of what dentists have to say on the subject of toothpaste, Click on Play to watch the following video —

Dentists, what to you think? Do you think toothpaste matters to oral health?


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