Tuesday, April 2, 2013

National Cancer Control Month

After heart disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States.
Over a lifetime, about 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States will develop cancer.Cancer rates and deaths have been on the decline since the early 1990s.

Every hour 3 more people are diagnosed with oral cancer. What may be even more alarming is that today more than 16 people will die from some form of this disease, a trend which has been consistent for 40 years.
April is National Cancer Control Month, a time dedicated to creating awareness in the hopes of preventing the disease.  For Dr. Kifer, it is a chance to educate people on risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use and human papillomavirus (HPV).
This frightening connection to HPV is rarely acknowledged, but we now know that it can lead to oral cancer, bringing the disease to a younger population than ever before.  Even worse, standard sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests do not screen for HPV, and people often don’t even know they have it until something worse develops.  Your dentist may be the one who can help you with early detection of oral cancer.
Regular checkups at your dental office and self-evaluations are both essential.  Be aware of any bumps, discoloration of tissue (such as white or red areas) or changes to the mouth, throat, tongue and lips.  Using these practices we can all help lower the risks and prevent oral cancer.
For more information about National Cancer Control Month, or to book your appointment, please contact Dr. Wade Kifer.  
1845 Green Acres Rd.
Fayetteville, AR 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

This February, Give Your Children Something to Smile About! 
     Thanks to recent advancements in dentistry at Wade Kifer, DDS , including early stage cavity-detecting lasers and advanced formula fluoride varnishes, protecting your child’s teeth from decay-causing bacteria and cavities has become much easier. Tooth decay is a disease that cannot be treated with immunizations. Early detection and proper home care, along with a healthy diet, can give children the knowledge and means to maintain a healthy smile.
     February is National Children’s Dental Health Month our office is working to celebrate healthy teeth for all of our young patients this month. The American Dental Association (ADA)  and dental professionals across the country work together every February to educate our communities on the importance of developing early healthy dental hygiene routines. 
     Dr. Wade Kifer is working to teach children the basic of oral health, the dangers of sweets and sugars, and the benefits of regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Developing strong dental habits at a young age, like brushing their teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day, can ensure a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime.