Woman with hand over her mouth, smilingDr. Laura Frangella, Your Manhattan Dentist When floss isn’t around, some people resort to a range of peculiar items to remove what their toothbrush left behind. A recent article in ADA News detailed the results of an Ipsos survey that asked 1,005 Americans what objects they use to get in those hard-to-reach places. The results may surprise you (or not)…

  • Fingernails came in at the top of the list, with 61% of respondents saying they’ve removed plaque and food particles this way.
  • Folder paper or cards finished second at 40%.
  • Cutlery took third with 21%.
  • Safety pins were next at 14%.
  • Strands of hair rounded out the list with 7% of people saying they’ve put this in their mouth.
Also … 63% of these adults admitted they know they should be using dental cleaners, including floss, interdental brushes, and water flossing tools, instead of grabbing what’s nearby. And 42% have experienced pain while using these items. According to an ADA member survey, dentists report their patients have confessed to putting other sharp, dangerous, and unhygienic items in between their teeth. They include: screwdrivers, pocket knives, twigs, matchbooks, toenails, and loose electrical wires. No matter what the circumstances, don’t ever put these non-dental items in your mouth! If you do, you could risk … 
  • damaging your gums and teeth
  • choking on the item
  • infection
  •  a big dental bill to repair any damage you’ve done! 
… And those are just some of the top concerns that come to mind. At Frangella Cosmetic and General Dentistry, your Manhattan dentist recommends you only use products that come with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. A complete list can be viewed on the ADA’s website. If you have any questions about the products you’re currently using to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, just ask during your next visit! As your partner in your oral health, we don’t want your smile to become a casualty!]]>

Oral cancers are the sixth most common cancers in the world. According to the National Institute of Health, it is estimated that approximately 91,200 people in the US are living with oral cancer, and approximately 37,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. 

Two known major risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption.  Giving us another great reason to give up smoking and be healthier! Another great tip is always use sunscreen, even on your lips. Exposure to the sun can also increase your risk of lip cancer.

While performing your daily oral hygiene routine, keep an eye on the soft tissues of your mouth. If you develop a sore that doesn’t heal within two weeks you should see your dentist to get it checked out.

Oral cancer screenings are a routine part of your dental examinations. During an exam, your dentist will carefully examine the tissues of the mouth and tongue and take note of anything that might be out of the ordinary. When found early, it can give you a better chance for successful treatment.  As public awareness and education about oral cancers increase, early detection will improve.