FDA Approves HPV Vaccine For Men And Women Aged 27 To 45.
The New York Times (10/5, Grady, Hoffman) reported that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the HPV vaccine “for men and women from 27 to 45-years-old.” The article noted that the vaccine “had been previously approved for minors and people up to age 26.” The HPV vaccine “works against the human papillomavirus, HPV, which can also cause genital warts and cancers” including “tumors affecting part of the throat – called oropharyngeal cancers” which are on the rise.
CNN (10/5, Lamotte) reported that Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said, “HPV vaccination prior to becoming infected with the HPV types covered by the vaccine has the potential to prevent more than 90 percent of these cancers, or 31,200 cases every year, from ever developing.”
The Washington Post (10/5, McGinley) reported that the approval “represents an important opportunity to help prevent HPV-related diseases and cancers in a broader age range,” said Dr. Marks.
HPV is linked to Oral Cancer and oral cancer is on the rise in the US- we complete a visual inspection for oral cancer at each visit and once a year we use our Velscope machine for a more in depth screening. This screening is quick and painless!
LET’S GO CAPS!! Another playoff season is upon us in the DC area as the Cap’s battle for the Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin lost his front tooth to a high stick he took in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers in 2007- hopefully no teeth will be lost in this series with any players. How do these guys protect their teeth, with a sports guard! Now these guards can’t prevent all accidents but it is the best way to try and keep your teeth safe while playing sports. Another type of guard that people don’t give much though to is a night guard. So many of us in the area have stressful jobs, horrible commutes etc and were does this stress come out- night time grinding of your teeth. Most people don’t even know they are grinding at night, some people have symptoms of jaw pain or headaches when they wake up in the morning but don’t really know why. We can see many signs of grinding when you come in for your visits. A guard made specifically for night time grinding is a must if you want to save your teeth from this wear, just like athletes use them to save their teeth from sports accidents. We would be happy to review the benefits of our guard at your next visit! Call us NOW for an appointment- 703-548-8584- you will be glad you did and so will your teeth!
Seems like school just ended for the summer, but the back to school bell will be ringing very soon- here are a few things you can do to help keep your kids’ teeth healthy for when they go back to school! • Plan healthy lunches. Things that are good for teeth include high-calcium dairy products such as milk or cheese; strawberries, which can actually help whiten teeth; high-fiber foods like spinach or beans; and for daily drinks, water. • Re-stock dental supplies. It’s never a bad time to check to make sure you’re all stocked up on dental supplies. It may even be worth it to leave a bit of floss in your kids’ lunches each day, so they can clean their teeth while they’re at school. • Set up a rewards program. If your kids have fallen into bad habits during summer, help refocus them by setting up a rewards program. For instance, brushing their teeth can be worth 15 minutes of video-game time and flossing can be another 15. (This can work well for parents, too, with a little self-discipline.) For now, enjoy the rest of the summer!
The kids summer camps, your nephew’s wedding, the roof that was leaking…it happens to us all at one point and time, too many things going on and we skip dental visits. Now is the perfect time to get back on track with your dental visits!
People who stay on track with their cleanings are more likely to have less work that needs to be done and small cavities are detected before they get too large.
What happens when you miss cleanings?
Tartar develops at the gumline of your teeth and builds up until it is professionally cleaned.
Usually everyone should be seen every 3 to 6 months depending on how many restorations they have or how fast they build tartar.
If either are a concern, then you are more than likely a candidate for a 3 month cleaning.
What do you do in the mean time to keep teeth clean?
The best toothbrush on the market right now is a Sonicare toothbrush. This electric toothbrush rotates in ways that a manual toothbrush can not and gets under the gums at angles that we usually can not. We carry Sonicare in our office and we would love to show you how great it is at your next visit!
Flossing is extremely important in between cleanings as well.
So yes, we all get busy, but it’s never too late to get back on track! Call us now to schedule your next cleaning!