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Oral cancer screening March 6

by Chelsey Zuckerman / New York Islanders
According to the Nassau County Dental Society (NCDS), its main purpose is to “promote dentistry by enhancing the integrity of the profession” and make routine visits a more personal experience for the patient. In promoting healthier smiles across Nassau County, the NCDS will be working to educate people on the healthy means and screenings they can implement on their own. In learning about how to maintain a healthier mouth, patients will be instructed about the conditions that can lead to Oral Cancer, which tend to go unnoticed without proper educational information.

Statistics have shown that close to 37,000 people will be diagnosed with Oral Cancer, and of these diagnoses, will result in roughly 8,000 deaths. Because symptoms don’t make themselves present in early stages and avoid making any obvious presence, consulting a professional can keep your mouth healthier in the long run. By seeing a dentist regularly, he/she can detect any changes in mouth tissue, and reveal if any symptoms, however small they may be, do arise. Dentists are educated in detecting the presence of any symptoms on the lips, tongue, and bottom (floor) of the mouth. All of these symptoms may be too small for the ordinary patient to detect however with proper clinical education, such mouth inspections can become relatively easy for a patient to perform.

On Sunday, March 6th, the New York Islanders will be bringing members of the Nassau County Dental Society to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the NCDS will have two tables set up on the concourse where fans can get all the information necessary to keep their teeth healthy when smiling for their favorite players, and avoiding any teeth-wrenching hits. Come out to the Coliseum to hear what these intelligent society members have to say about maintaining the health of your “pearly whites” for many years to follow.

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