Xerostomia in HNC Patients

Posted by Sarah Schuman, MS, CCC-SLP on 2/5/2019 to Dysphagia & Oral Motor Control
Xerostomia, "dry mouth" is due to reduced or absent saliva production. It may affect a patient's quality of life and can lead to serious health problems! Learn about the signs, symptoms and managing xerostomia. 

IMPORTANT HPV VACCINATION UPDATE!!!

Posted by Sarah Schuman, MS, CCC-SLP on 12/17/2018 to General Medical and Dental Information
On October 5, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the administration of the Gardasil 9 vaccine for women and men between the ages of 28-45 years. Previously the vaccine was indicated for individuals up to the age of 27 years. "Gardasil 9 prevents certain cancers and diseases caused by the nine HPV types covered by the vaccine". Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can cause head and neck cancer in men and women. It is the cause of most oropharyngeal cancers in United States. These cancers and their treatment may lead to trismus (limited mouth opening) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). 

The expansion in vaccination ages follows a study in which 3,2000 women between the ages 27-45 years were followed for approximately 3.5 years and it was found that Gardasil was 88% effective in preventing certain HPV related infections and cancers. The results were inferred to apply to men as well.

For further information, please see the complete FDA News Release at: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm622715.htm

HPV and Oral Cancer - Signs and Symptoms

Posted by Sarah Schuman, MS, CCC-SLP on 2/12/2018 to General Medical and Dental Information
HPV is the most prevalent sexually transmitted virus. The best screening for HPV related oral cancer is by a medical or dental professional. However there are signs and symptoms that the individual can monitor. 

Why can't I Suck out of a Straw after Wisdom Teeth Removal and Oral Surgeires?

Posted by Linda Shafto on 8/15/2013 to General Medical and Dental Information
Why Your Oral Surgeon Tells You Not To Use A Straw After Oral Surgery Procedures?

Recovery Advice for having your Wisdom Teeth Pulled.

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 8/12/2013 to General Medical and Dental Information
Preparation Advice from the Tooth Fairy for after your wisdom tooth or third molar Extraction. Tips,

Warning: TMD “Diagnostic Tools” Proven To Be Inaccurate

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 8/1/2013 to General Medical and Dental Information
Does your doctor want to charge you to use EMG, Kinesiography, or Sonography to study or diagnose your TMJ disorder? You might want to get a second opinion.

A new study shows that many electronic diagnostic devices were no better than clinical exams at diagnosing TMJ disorder (TMD).

Do I have to go to the Dentist every six months? Should I?

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 7/29/2013 to General Medical and Dental Information
Should I go to the dentist every 6 months? How often should I go?

You probably don't need to go that often, but high risk adults, should maybe go even more often. How often should you go?

Don't risk infection, Most People aren't Washing their Hands or are Doing it Wrong. Are you?

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 7/26/2013 to General Medical and Dental Information
Do You Wash Your Hands after using the Bathroom?

Most of us don't. New studies show that we often do not wash our hands correctly, or AT ALL.

food poising from dirty hands sickens some 24 million people a year. If you're in the hospital for surgery, chemo, radiation, trauma, or to visit the doctor, you often have a weakened immune system and are at heightened risk for infections. Learn more about how often others fail, and how you can better protect yourself.

Is Our PAIN Visible??

Posted by Linda Van Rossen on 6/12/2013 to General Medical and Dental Information
“Subjectivity” is the main issue when asked the question: Are you having any pain”? Now researchers can see where and how pain acts in your brain.

Tips for Great Oral and Dental Care for Patients with Disabilities

Posted by Rob Christensen on 6/10/2013 to General Medical and Dental Information
Problems with dental care? Quest, the magazine for the MDA Foundation, had a great article by Bill Greenberg with tips and ideas on how to maintain good oral health in people with neuromuscular disease, muscular distrophy, trismus and other disabilities. Tips include special toothbrushes, finding a dentist, and treating trismus.

Internal Derangement: A photographic explaination of the Temporomandibular Joint through MR Imaging

Posted by Linda Shafto on 6/25/2012 to General Medical and Dental Information
Internal derangementInternal derangement is a Temporomandibular Joint disorder which manifests it's self in the abnormal position of the TMJ disk. It is 3-5 times more common in women, then men. You can find the details of this interesting Essay by The Boston University School of Medicine, on Medscape Nurse News.

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Explaining Your Symptoms: Tips from a Family Physician

Posted by Linda Shafto on 6/15/2012 to General Medical and Dental Information
When it comes to visiting our Doctors and Emergency Rooms some patients overly down-play their symptoms.  Rod Moser, PA, PhD has a great piece on WebMD on how to be more accurate and precise when explaining our symptoms for an improved diagnosis and treatment.