May 17, 2005

What’s New at 21st Century Dental?

Free wireless internet now available at 21st Century Dental

We have installed a hot spot in the office for those of you who can't leave your work at the office. The network is called FLOSS, and you can get the password when you come in, but it's something that follows the word "floss", so see what you can come up with!

For Your Health

Oral Cancer

30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 30,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only half will be alive in 5 years. This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkins disease, cancer of the brain, liver, testes, kidney, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma).

The death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. Often it is only discovered when the cancer has metastasized to another location, most likely the lymph nodes of the neck. Prognosis at this stage of discovery is significantly worse than when it is caught in a localized area.

You may be unaware, but when you come in for a routine exam and cleaning, we do a thorough examination of the oral cavity, both visually and through palpation (feeling) of the nodes, glands, musculature and tissues. As some of you know, at times we will either perform a quick "brush biopsy" or schedule you for an "excisional biopsy" if we note a suspicious lesion. Rest assured, however, that your chances of receiving conservative treatment of any cancer found increase significantly with regular examinations.

Crowning Achievements

The Queen Mum of the practice, this month we are honored to spotlight Kelly Habben.  Holding the official title of "Office Administrator", nothing much goes through the business office without passing by Kelly, a tribute to her strong decision-making qualities.  She's great at keeping us all on point and organized, especially the docs.

Married to the greatest man in the world, Tom, she is also Mom to her beloved Nick and Ryan.  Kelly has a great sense of humor and is a Parrothead of the highest order.  Having attended “way too many” Jimmy Buffet concerts to date, we can't help but wonder the correlative number in margaritas.  Armed with a really cool GPS unit, her hot hobby for the