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We do what we can to provide the highest quality of service in dental care. Our office is dedicated to restorative, reconstructive, esthetic, and family dental treatments. Our patients leave our office doors smiling because our main goal is their full satisfaction.

The initial appointment consists of a personal interview, an examination, a diagnosis and treatment options. A complete medical and dental history is essential for us to know to provide you with the best possible dental treatment. Current x-rays and other information are necessary for precise diagnosis. With all diagnostic information in hand, options for treatment plans can be made.

The treatment fees are due at the time the service is rendered. If you have insurance, our office will file the necessary insurance documents pertaining to the treatment done. Kindly assist us by filling out the insurance information form attached and advise us of changes in your insurance coverage. Your dental insurance card is needed at the time of your appointment, so we can make a copy for your file.Our office also provides financing via Springstone and Care Credit Special Financing Option. We offer a six-month to twelve-month, zero interest financing. For other financing options, our office staff will be happy to discuss them with you on the day of your appointment.

Kindly notify our office 24 hours prior to your appointment, should something arise that will prevent you from keeping your appointment. In this way, we will gladly assist you in rescheduling your appointment at a more convenient time.

Thank you for entrusting your smile with us.

Sincerely,
Dr. Michael Dounel

 

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers today and has one of the lowest survival rates, with thousands of new cases being reported each year. Fewer than half of all people diagnosed with oral cancer are ever cured.

Moreover, people with many forms of cancer can develop complications—some of them chronic and painful—from their cancer treatment.  These include dry mouth and overly sensitive teeth, as well as accelerated tooth decay.

If oral cancer is not treated in time, it could spread to other facial and neck tissues, leading to disfigurement and pain.

Older adults over the age of 40 (especially men) are most susceptible to developing oral cancer, but people of all ages are at risk.

Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, but the tongue appears to be the most common location. Other oral structures could include the lips, gums and other soft palate tissues in the mouth.

Warning Signs

In general, early signs of oral cancer usually occur in the form of lumps, patchy areas and lesions, or breaks, in the tissues of the mouth. In many cases, these abnormalities are not painful in the early stages, making even self-diagnosis difficult.

Here are some additional warning signs:

  • Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing.
  • Unusual bleeding or persistent sores in the mouth that won't heal.
  • Lumps or growths in other nearby areas, such as the throat or neck.

If a tumor is found, surgery will generally be required to remove it. Some facial disfigurement could also result.

Prevention

Prevention is the key to staving off oral cancer. One of the biggest culprits is tobacco and alcohol use. Certain kinds of foods and even overexposure to the sun have also been linked to oral cancer. Some experts believe certain oral cancer risk factors are also hereditary.

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best defenses against oral cancer. Maintaining good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups, are highly recommended.