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Pacifiers Have Negative and Positive Effects


There is an association between pacifier use and acute middle ear infections (otitis media).

Press Releases

Highly Curable, Yet Highly Preventable, Disease Affects Men Most

CHICAGO (November 25, 2008) -More than 34,000 people will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year a number that could decrease if more people recognized the signs and symptoms, and made it a priority to speak with their health care providers about how to detect it. Research shows that men are the most susceptible to oral cancer, who outnumber women 2 to 1 when it comes to how many are diagnosed.


Regardless of the sex of the person who has been diagnosed, maintenance of proper oral health habits is paramount, according to an article in the July issue of AGD Impact, the AGD's monthly newsmagazine. Patients who undergo treatment for oral cancer should take extra special care of their oral health before, during and after treatment. Dental professionals recommend scheduling a dental exam at least two weeks before receiving treatment, and patients who have cancer should make sure that his or her dentist has the most up-to-date medical history. It is important that the dentist knows what type of treatment the patient will receive, since certain medications can interfere with some dental procedures.


The death rate associated with this type of cancer is particularly high, not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the fact that this type of cancer is usually discovered late in its development. The good news is that a dentist is a patient's partner when it comes to early detection.


In order to detect oral cancer, dentists check about 10 places inside and around the mouth, looking for lumps and irregular tissue changes. If a patient is not sure whether the dentist includes this in the appointment, ask. "Patients should ask their dentist about checking for oral cancer," says AGD spokesperson Charles Perle, DMD, FAGD. "It takes very little time to check for oral cancer, and catching it early will only improve a patient's survival rate."


Nutritional suggestions during cancer treatment:

  • Eat soft, moist foods such as cooked cereal, mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs

  • Get the right amounts of nutrients and calories

  • Avoid tobacco and drinking alcohol

  • Avoid acidic foods (such as grapefruit and orange juice), as they can cause irritation

  • Avoid acidic, high-sugar beverages like soda and energy drinks

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the world's second largest dental association, which is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patients' oral health needs. Learn more about AGD member dentists or find more information on dental health topics at www.KnowYourTeeth.com.

Note: Information that appears in General Dentistry, the AGD's peer-reviewed journal, AGD Impact, the AGD's newsmagazine and related press releases do not necessarily reflect the endorsement of the AGD.


*For a complete list of oral health and industry press releases, visit the AGD News Releases.

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