• 27 Sep 2012 9:47 AM | Anonymous Oral Cancer & Diagnostics Insider September 26, 2012

    Dear Oral Cancer & Diagnostics Insider,

    Studies show the majority of oral cancer cases are preceded by clinically evident, potentially malignant disorders, the most common of which is leukoplakia.

    In this latest Insider Exclusive, German researchers have found that periodontitis increases the risk of developing oral leukoplakia and mucosal lesions that are predisposed to become oral cancer. Learn how their study provides clues into the complex relationship between systemic and local disease.

    Click Here for full article

  • 07 Aug 2012 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    The alarming growth of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) among young people has spurred research into its epidemiology, and mounting evidence strongly supports the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in this trend.

    In this latest Insider Exclusive, Mine Tezal, DDS, PhD, a research professor at the University at Buffalo who publishes regularly on the association between chronic periodontitis, HPV, and HNSCC, discusses why she thinks labeling oral HPV infection as a "sexually transmitted disease" is misleading and when HPV vaccinations should be administered to young people.

    Click Here to read full article

  • 07 Jun 2012 10:40 AM | Anonymous
    Schools report student achievement awards:
    • Blue Mountain Community College  -  Kimberly Denton
    • Chemeketa Community College  -  Robyn Howard
    • Portland Community College  -  Lindsey Hewlett
    • Central Oregon Community College  -  Kaitlynn Espinosa

  • 08 May 2012 2:55 PM | Anonymous
    Many dental offices have framed licenses of the dentist and hygienist in wonderfully matted frames.  These framed documents are displayed in a centralized area or in each treatment room.  Did you know that according to the Oregon Board of Dentistry there is also a requirement for the auxiliary staff?  Division 42 in the Dental Practice Act states that all EFDA's who are currently practicing expanded functions during their employment, (this includes a copy of the Radiological Proficiency Certificate) must have the certificate displayed in a conspicuous place where the public can view...not just in an employee folder in the file cabinet.  It is possible that many offices are unaware of this requirement.  Is your office in compliance? 

    Sheri Billetter, CDA, EFDA, MADAA 
  • 06 May 2012 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    Actor Michael Douglas Partners With Oral Cancer Foundation For Early Detection PSA Campaign

    -Two-time Oscar Winner and Cancer Survivor Encourages Regular Screenings as Counter to Rising Incidence Rates of Oral Cancer-

    LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Actor and producer Michael Douglas has donated his time to help create a television public service announcement (PSA) on behalf of the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those affected by the disease. The PSA will support the Foundation's efforts to educate the public about the need for annual screenings to catch oral cancers in their early, most survivable stages. The public service announcement will begin airing in June, and will continue to air nationwide through summer and autumn.

    Approximately 40,000 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2012. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth. There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, and the other is through exposure to the HPV-16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), a newly identified etiology, and the same virus which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women.  While oral cancer has historically been linked to tobacco and alcohol use, this is not simply a smoker's disease any longer. New data shows that the fastest-growing segment of newly diagnosed cases is now young, non-smokers. Most startling, is the fact that while many other cancers have been in decline in recent years, the occurrence of oral / oropharyngeal cancers has increased each of the last six years, and peer reviewed published data shows that the numbers of HPV-related oral cancers will surpass cervical cancers in the near future.

    Caught early, oral cancer can be treatable, but many people do not know they have it until it has already turned into a killer. In the U.S., a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day.  The death toll is particularly high due to lack of public awareness, combined with infrequent screenings for the condition by medical and dental professionals. When found in the early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80 to 90% survival rate. Unfortunately at this time, two-thirds are found as late-stage, advanced cancers, and this accounts for the high death rate of approximately 45% at five years from diagnosis.  Death rates from cancers such as that of the cervix, skin, and prostate, have decreased as annual checks for those diseases have been adopted--this could also be the case with oral cancer, if the simple and painless screening procedure were to be made a routine part of dental or physical examinations.

    Michael Douglas first sought medical help in 2010 after experiencing a sore throat that persisted for a protracted period of time.  After several visits to doctors, a tumor on the base of his tongue was discovered. With further analysis, it was determined that Mr. Douglas had stage IV squamous cell carcinoma oral cancer. He immediately began both radiation and chemotherapy treatments.  After a long and difficult battle, Michael is now cancer free and in good health.  He continues to have regular check-ups to monitor his remission.

    "The Foundation is indebted to Michael Douglas for partnering with us in the battle against oral cancer," said OCF Founder and Executive Director Brian Hill, who is a survivor of the same cancer Mr. Douglas had. "Michael is a highly visible, well known actor, and a consummate professional. Those qualities, when coupled with his personal cancer experience, yield a respected voice to this fight. His willingness right from the beginning of his journey, to openly talk about his difficult personal experience with oral cancer on TV and in print, has certainly created awareness in the public of a cancer too few have even heard of. That impact will be multiplied through this partnership with the foundation, and translate into increased early recognition of problems, avoidance of risk factors, and participation in annual opportunistic screenings by the public. His involvement will create a tipping point that will ultimately save lives."

    About the Oral Cancer Foundation: The Oral Cancer Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3, public service charity with a mission to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, sponsorship of research, advocacy, and patient support activities. Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Approximately 40,000 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2012. Supporting the foundation's goals is a scientific advisory board composed of leading cancer authorities from varied medical and dental specialties, and from prominent cancer educational, treatment, and research institutions in the United States. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit:

    PSA information: Any members of the media that would like Beta SP tapes of the PSA, transcripts, or the PSA in other formats such as QuickTime for web use, may contact the foundation and receive one at no charge for unlimited use by

    Media Contact: For further information, contact Darin Dusan at Liberte Communications,, or Brian Hill at The Oral Cancer Foundation,


  • 03 Apr 2012 4:25 PM | Anonymous
    Special Report: Advances in Periodontal Research
    Advances in Periodontal Research is a digital supplement that brings you an in-depth look at understanding periodontal disease and its link to such conditions as diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.

    Click Here to read full report
  • 03 Jan 2012 9:42 AM | Anonymous
    Always take care of yourself and do the best you can ... you are the only one that can do that for yourself!
    So, let's think about ourselves .....
    When was the last time you  made an appointment for a complete physical or some type of check up?
    How about your eyes?
    Here is a good one..and yes, I am talking about you, are your shots current?
    and how about a TB test?  Tetanus, Hep vac?   
    Hey, pick up the phone and make that call...
    Did you know even hairdressers have more health requirements than Dental Assistants.
    TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF... you'll be glad you did!
        Mary Harrison, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA
  • 07 Dec 2011 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    Is Your Office in Compliance?

    Some dental offices may not comply with

    Oregon Board of Dentistry ‘Rules and Regulations’ regarding dental assistants.  Two important rules from Division 42 may have been overlooked, forgotten or possibly unknown to assistants, office managers or dentists.

    Division 42 specifically addresses dental assisting but includes dentist/hygienist responsibilities toward dental assistants under 818-042-0020. Division 42 has specified legal and prohibited acts, radiology and expanded functions. Listed below are two areas that may be neglected in your office.

    818-042-0020 covers four specific areas.  Section number three (3) addresses licenses, permits or certificates and is stated as follows:

    The supervising dentist or dental hygienist is responsible for assuring that all required licenses, permits or certificates are current and posted in a conspicuous place.

    This includes  radiological proficiency and expanded function certificates as well as sealant/temporary reline certificates for the dental assistant.

    818-042-0030 defines infection control.  It states the following:

    The supervising dentist shall be responsible for assuring that dental assistants are trained in infection control, bloodborne pathogens and universal precautions, exposure control, personal protective equipment, infectious waste disposal, Hepatitis B and C and post exposure follow-up.

    Do offices have: 

    1.  Proof of a DANB Infection Control Certificate or OSAP Training.

    2. A notebook that documents Annual Bloodborne Pathogen training that is a    minimum of two hours and signed by all participants.

    I hope these tips have been helpful in some way to bring your office into compliance.

    Sheri Billetter CDA, EFDA, MADAA

  • 18 Nov 2011 2:59 PM | Anonymous

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    Click here to view the Winter 2011 News Bulletin!

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