• 25 Jun 2013 2:41 PM | Anonymous
    Student Achievement Awards for 2013 are as follows:
    *    Blue Mountain Community College    -    LaDonna Klein
    *    Chemeketa Community College    -    Denise Twiggs
    *    Central Oregon Community College    -    Kimber Robles
    *    Linn-Benton Community College    -    Ginger Harter
    *    Portland Community College    -    Jaun Hernandez-Garcia
  • 23 May 2013 10:55 AM | Anonymous

  • 14 May 2013 3:31 PM | Anonymous Oral Cancer & Diagnostics Insider May 10, 2013

    Dear Oral Cancer & Diagnostics Insider,

    Patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) have a high prevalence of second primary esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), according to a new study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.  

    Click Here for full article

  • 02 Apr 2013 9:53 AM | Anonymous
    Great Expressions Dental Centers Provides Prevention Tips For Oral Cancer Awareness Month

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In the United States, approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer this year and studies show that one person dies from oral cancer every hour each day. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) is providing ways to help protect against and prevent oral cancer.

    "Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early, so it's important to be proactive about prevention," said Dr. Paul Kim, Northeast Clinical Director for Great Expressions Dental Centers. "A serious danger with oral cancer is that it can go unnoticed in early stages as it can be painless and physical changes might not be as noticeable as other diseases. Knowing what to look for and being mindful of causes of oral cancer will help with prevention."

    Following are some important tips to help prevent oral cancer:

    Avoid smoking and any type of tobacco product. According to the National Cancer Institute, tobacco use is the leading cause of oral cancer. Tobacco includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars and chewing tobacco. Not only can use of these products cause oral cancer in the mouth but also parts of the throat.
    Limit alcohol use. Using alcohol is a large risk factor for oral cancer. The more alcoholic drinks consumed daily, the higher the risk of oral cancer. The risk is about twice as high in people who have three to four alcoholic drinks per day compared to those who don't drink alcohol, according to the National Cancer Institute.
    Sun exposure. Ever think to apply sunscreen to your lips? Repeated exposure to sunlight may increase the risk of lip cancer, which most often occurs on the lower lip.
    Regular dentist visits and self-examinations. The dentist is the first line of defense so it's important to meet with them regularly and ask for an oral cancer screening. In addition, be sure to take a few minutes each month for a self-exam to see if you can see or feel anything suspicious including lumps; bumps; tender areas; and any white, red or grey patches. If these symptoms are found, contact your dentist immediately.
    Brushing and flossing daily. Brushing two to three times a day and flossing one time a day is critical to remove bacteria. Flossing sometimes is easily forgotten, however, if you don't floss, you will miss cleaning 35 percent of your tooth surfaces.
    To support their commitment to patient awareness, prevention, and early diagnosis and treatment of disease; GEDC does an oral cancer visual screening on every patient examined during a routine examination. In addition, GEDC offers an exam called ViziLite. It's a non-invasive screening tool that can be utilized to detect abnormalities or suspicious lesions in the oral cavity that would warrant further investigation. For more information on ViziLite and a discount for this service during the month of April, please call 888-SMILE-80.

    About Great Expressions
    For nearly 40 years, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) has been a leader in providing preventative dental care, orthodontics and specialty care with local offices in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia. One of the largest privately owned dental service organizations in the United States, GEDC is consistently recognized for contributions to improving oral health through quality and safety initiatives, affordable dental care services, patient convenience, research and more. For more information, go to
  • 25 Mar 2013 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Organization encouraging dental professionals to offer free screenings to the public

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What has the greatest impact on survival rates of oral cancer? Radiation? Chemotherapy? Perhaps surgery? The truth is none of these; rather, it is the point in time at which the disease is discovered.  As the National Cancer Institute's SEER data clearly show, early discovery of oral cancer affects survival outcomes and reduces treatment-related morbidity more than anything else.  And no one is better positioned to make early detection a reality than the dental community. Unfortunately, two-thirds of newly diagnosed individuals are found when the disease is at stage three or four.  The good news: it does not have to be this way.


    To help draw attention to this situation, the Oral Cancer Foundation is sponsoring the 14th Annual Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April.  The Foundation is encouraging dental practices across the United States and Canada to offer free oral cancer screenings for at least three hours one day during the month to people in their communities. Through this group collaboration, the Foundation hopes to see this disease brought to the attention of as many individuals as possible, and have the disease get the national media attention necessary to meaningfully raise public awareness. A public that understands the risk factors and early signs and symptoms of the disease are better prepared to recognize and self discover things that should take them to the doctor for further evaluation.

    "The dental community needs to be the first line of defense against oral cancer," said Brian Hill.  "Just performing 'opportunistic' five-minute oral cancer screenings of the existing patient population that visits a dental office every day, could have a profound impact on our ability to discover the disease at earlier,  even precancerous, stages.  This could help us dramatically reduce the mortality and morbidity of this disease."

    A national screening effort is imperative. The incidence of oral cancer is increasing at an alarming rate due to a new viral etiology, human papilloma virus (HPV-16).  For decades, the leading cause of oral cancer had been tobacco, and most of the disease's victims were older males who had used tobacco for several decades of their life.  Today however, young, non-smoking individuals are the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population. Doctors in the scientific and treatment communities are already using the word "epidemic" to describe the situation. Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Each hour of every day, one American dies of the disease, and four more Americans are newly diagnosed.  This disease can be defeated, but only with an informed public supported by involved and dedicated professionals.

    Oral cancer has always existed outside the consciousness of much of the public, even though 42,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed this year alone. In the early stages of oral cancer's development, often there is no pain or any physical sign that is obvious to an individual. This makes it a very dangerous disease, and is also the reason it is crucial to have an annual oral cancer screening by a professional.

    Oral cancer is one of the few cancers that are on the rise in the U.S. When found early, oral cancers have an 80% or better survival rate.  Like other cancer screenings, such as those for cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast cancer, oral cancer screenings can be an effective means of finding cancer at its earliest and most easily treatable stage. Of all these screenings, the one for oral cancer is the least invasive and time-consuming, is painless and inexpensive, and it can be done as part of a regular dental hygiene check-up. 

    Dental practices wishing to sign up to conduct an event, and people wishing to find a practice offering free screenings in their community, may do so at  The Foundation will provide participating practices with all the materials needed to conduct the screenings and to generate exposure for the event in their community. "Only with the involvement of a large network of participating professional offices and facilities will a reduction in deaths become a reality," said Brian Hill, founder and executive director of the Oral Cancer Foundation. "An informed public helps early discovery and increases survivability."

    The Oral Cancer Foundation is a big believer in the development of strategic partnerships. In April 2013, OCF will again join forces with both professional societies and private sector companies who are stakeholders in the fight against this disease. The American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The American Academy of Oral Medicine and The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, form the core of the professional society sponsorship. The Foundation has also aligned with private sector entities Henry Schein Inc., LED Dental, DenMat Holdings, DentalEZ  Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb, who are asking their customer base to be active in this April's endeavor. In addition, the many treatment facilities with head and neck departments that participated in 2012's effort are expected to participate again in 2013.

    About the Oral Cancer Foundation
    The Oral Cancer Foundation, founded by oral cancer survivor Brian R. Hill, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public service charity that provides information, patient support, sponsorship of research, and advocacy related to this disease. Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers that fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, head and neck cancer, and throat cancer. It maintains a web site at, which receives millions of hits per month. Supporting the foundation's goals is a scientific advisory board composed of leading cancer authorities from varied medical and dental specialties, and from prominent educational, treatment, and research institutions in the United States.

    CONTACT: Brian Hill, The Oral Cancer Foundation, +1-949-646-8000info@oralcancerfoundation.org

  • 30 Nov 2012 11:52 AM | Anonymous
    December Tip of the Month

    To create a good mark on the occlusion using articulating tape:
    1.  Lightly smear a bit of Vaseline on your articulating tape; you will get a good mark every time.

    Bonnie Marshall
  • 08 Nov 2012 3:44 PM | Anonymous
    The Oregon Board of Dentistry has recently been notified AGAIN by Oregon Radiation Protection Services that during recent inspections of dental offices in Oregon that dentists are allowing dental assistants to take x-rays without an approved Oregon Radiologic Proficiency Certification.
    The Oregon Dental Practice Act requires that all dental assistants taking x-rays must have an Oregon Radiologic Proficiency Certificate and it must be posted.  A certificate from any other state does not work in Oregon.
    This provision has existed for more than 30 plus years.
    Dentists are urged to check their dental assistants' certification and if they do not have an Oregon Radiologic Certificate that they cease taking x-rays until one is obtained. 
    The Board has and will continue to take appropriate disciplinary action in cases like this.
  • 01 Nov 2012 8:55 AM | Anonymous
    November tip of the month

    Removing a (stubborn) multi-unit temporary bridge:
    1. Cut 2 pieces of dental floss 12-16 inches
    2. Using a floss threader thread each piece of floss through the pontic area of the bridge with one piece of floss at one end and the other at the other end.
    3. Wrap the floss around the handle of the mouth mirror, protecting the opposing arch gently give a tug.

    Bonnie Marshall
  • 23 Oct 2012 1:42 PM | Anonymous
    October tip of the month

    Rubber Dam Tip for a single tooth...endo
    1. Take the rubber dam and fold in half
    2. Take the rubber dam and fold it in half again
    3. Snap the very corner......right in the middle and you will see where you need to punch...right in the middle

    Bonnie Marshall
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