Last night I completed a seminar on HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). HPV 16 and HPV 18 are sexually transmitted strains of this virus best known for causing cervical cancer, anal cancer, vaginal cancer, penile cancer, and through oral sex, oral cancer. In fact the amount of oral cancers developing as a result of HPV is quite alarming. Though these cancers react to lower doses of radiation than other forms of oral cancer, they can still have a profound impact on one's life. It is unfortunate that the 20 million Americans that carry HPV, have little or no awareness of it. That is why the disease numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. However, there are two manufacturers that supply a vaccination for HPV 16 and 18. This vaccination should be given to children before they become sexually active, as it shows no known benefit once the person is infected. The vaccination is considered to have the same safety margins as other childhood vaccinations, with a very low risk to reward ratio of side effects. The vaccination is now given to both males and females, since both are at risk for acquiring the disease, so having this discussion with your doctor is very important.
I have personally identified two patients having HPV positive oral cancers that have gone through surgery, and we continue to monitor. By no means were either of these patients considered to be sexually permiscuous. All it takes is one contact with the virus.
The oral examinations in our office constantly check for diseases like this, and a myriad of other diseases. The examination can be the most critical part of your dental appointment, though many patients do not realize the value of the oral disease screening. I am committed to staying continuously updated on diseases which can affect my patient's health and well being. I spend over 60 hours a year, outside of my office hours, reading and attending courses in order to stay informed on the latest research. This is all part of my responsibility in providing my patients with meaningful preventative care. Skipping or delaying your dental examinations prevents me from looking out for your wellbeing.
My family and I are thankful for the many blessings that we have been given. As with everyone, blessings are intermingled with struggles. These struggles help to keep us humble and directed toward our faith. One struggle I have never encountered, is the need to struggle for my freedom. After my recent dental mission trip to Haiti, I saw first hand how repressed freedom, for so many years,can devastate a country and its people.
I am grateful for my freedom and to the men and women that made our freedom possible, and continue to do so to this day. In gratitude to all of those who have served and those that are currently serving, I will be hosting a reception for active duty military and veterans. The reception is free and will include dinner and live entertainment for these honorable men and women and their spouses. The event details are below. I hope that we can serve and show our gratitude to as many veterans and active duty personnel as space permits. It is our chance to serve you for all you have done!
When: Tuesday MAY 30 from 6-8 pm
Where: Flushing Middle School Dining Room (Carpenter Road West of Elms)
Who: Any Veteran and Active Duty Military and their Spouse or Date
RSVP Required For Meal Palnning: 810-733-6677
During the last year Dr. Cantwil detected thyroid disease on three paitents that has now been confirmed with their physicians. Some of these patients are currently being tested to see if the nodules that were detected are cancerous. We have identified several cases of oral squamous cell cancer recently and multiple skin cancers in the head and neck region as well. We have also referred several patients for irregular heart rythyms and congestive heart failure. We are dedicated to the overall well being of our patients by screening for many medical conditions but we can only help you if we see you. As we always say, "There is more to a dental checkup than saving your teeth, it may save your life!"
.We have made improvements to our office this year that you will notice on your next visit. First of all, we have added electronic openers to our entry doors to assist those with mobility issues. I hope you will find this to be a welcoming addition that will improve access for many of our patients. We also have improved the way patients can enjoy customized music, relaxation t.v.. regular t.v., and movies while in our office. Computers, digital x-rays, and monitors in all of our treatment rooms will also allow us to more easily communicate with you regarding your dental needs. We want to ensure that you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible while receiving care in our office
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