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Each year in the United States, an estimated 54,000 people will be diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancers. The survival rate is around 81% if these cancers are diagnosed sooner rather than later, but as it is normally only discovered during the later stages of the illness, the 5 year survival rate is around 45%. The physical devastation of these cancers cannot be understated, which is why early detection is so critical. Oral and oropharyngeal cancers can be easily treated with little recurrence when detected in its early stages. While many patients may be unaware, his or her dental pro... read more

Dentistry is one of those professions where fear and the lack of education make it easy for myths to propagate. For the average patient, being able to differentiate between a dental fact and a dental myth can be challenging because people don’t even know what sorts of questions to ask of his/her dental professional ! Whether the myth is surrounding the daily homecare regimen or if it pertains to the technical side of restorative dentistry, it is important for patients to have the truth when it comes to the complex profession of dentistry! Myth: Only children need fluoride This myth is one of ... read more

We have patients come in every day expressing an interest in straightening their teeth. Sometimes, we as clinicians are the ones who make the suggestion based on malocclusion, issues with crowding, or for more dentally necessary concerns and not so much for cosmetic reasons. While the cosmetic results are appealing to the patient, the goal of a healthier dentition is the most beneficial reason to move forward. There are two options for orthodontic treatment , traditional brackets (either metal or clear ceramic) vs. Invisalign (aligners). Cost, speed of treatment, appearance, and comfort will ... read more

Bruxism, more commonly referred to as clenching and grinding, is a dental condition far more common than patients are aware. When asked by a dental professional if a patient clenches and grinds his/her teeth, the most common response I hear is “not that I am aware…and I would know”. Unfortunately, more often than not, the patient is completely unaware of the fact that this parafunctional habit is taking place in his/her mouth, and it is the dental hygienist or the dentist that brings it the patient’s attention. Most often, this activity is taking place while the patient is asleep and it has t... read more

Concerns regarding dental stain and whitening are commonly encountered worldwide. To many, addressing the stain by whitening is often seen as a luxury. It no longer needs to be considered an extravagance because whitening options have become so diverse and economical. It is important to understand that not all stains can be removed by whitening. Stain from tetracycline and dental fluorosis is within the dental hard tissue and is much more difficult to remove with traditional whitening options. Microabrasion and restorative options may be the best option for those situations. Ask Dr. King and ... read more