2021 Community Involvement
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month – Early Detection is Key. It’s our goal to educate our patients and the community about Oral Cancer.
Below are statistics, facts, and signs to look for to be proactive against oral cancer. If you ever have any doubts or questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 732-449-2228.The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for oral cancer in the United States for 2021 are:
- Tobacco use of any kind and heavy alcohol use are primary causes of Oral Cancer as well as excessive sun exposure to your lips or a sexually transmitted virus called HPV
- About 54,010 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2021
- An estimated 10,850 people will die of these cancers
- These cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women and are about equally common in Blacks and in whites
- Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers occur most often in the tongue, tonsils & oropharynx, the gums, and the floor of the mouth
- The average age of people with oral cancer is 62, but it can occur in young people. Rare in children, but a little more than one-quarter occur in patients younger than 55
- Patients with oral cancers often will have another cancer in a nearby area such as the larynx (voice box), the esophagus, or the lung.
- After being cured of oral cancer, it’s common to develop another cancer later in the lung, mouth, throat, or other nearby areas. For this reason, follow up exams will be very important.
We are currently accepting appointments for Oral Cancer screenings. Each screening is $25, which includes a $10 donation to Mary’s Place by the Sea. Mary’s Place by the Sea is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women who are receiving treatment for cancer. We provide services that complement their medical treatment, including oncology massages, nutrition education, individual counseling, expressive writing, reflexology, Reiki, guided meditation, prayer, and yoga…at no cost to our guests. Our guests are given the opportunity to hit the pause button on their medical treatments and daily responsibilities and just be. Our integrative services provide our guests rest and support during this challenging time in their lives. They are empowered with knowledge that will aid them on their road to healing.
February is Children’s Dental Health Month
Throughout February 2021 Campi Dental raised awareness about the importance of children’s oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
We typically like to continue our family’s tradition of educating our community by going into classrooms to speak to children’s classes about their dental health. This year is a bit different, so instead of doing in person presentations we sent in dental goody bags to a few local schools with educational content for the kids to take home and share with their families.
The habits that we as parents instill at this very impressionable stage can be long lasting. We need to teach our children how important it is to take care of their teeth now so when they get their permanent teeth they are prepared. Parents are strongly recommended to supervise children practicing oral hygiene. They must brush for at least two minutes and brush every side of every tooth.
We invite you to take advantage of Toothprints; an identification system for children capturing specific dental characteristics as well as DNA. Dental imprints are unique to every person. We provide Toothprints as a complimentary service to our patients.
The best time for a child’s first visit to the dentist is between ages 2 and 3. Please feel free to contact us at (732) 449-2228 if you ever have any questions regarding your family’s oral health.