Dental check-ups for more than a beautiful smile
Dental specialists are the ideal health partners to detect a type of head and neck cancer whose incidence has exploded in the past 15 years: HPV. Yes, it’s the same high-risk HPV that causes cervical cancer. The HPV virus is seemingly everywhere, so many are exposed. This type of cancer is often found on the tongue and oropharynx, the middle part of your throat behind the mouth. It includes the back third of your tongue, the sides and back walls of your throat, and tonsils. This type of cancer is distinguished from “traditional” oral cancers, partly, due to:
  • It’s affecting younger men
  • It’s affecting those who are not smokers or longtime, habitual drinkers
  • The high incidence among people with persistent HPV, who unlike most have a hard time clearing the virus
The growing rates of these cancers underscore the importance of dental visits, at least every six months. As dentists, we’re at the front lines of not only your teeth and gum health, but also your overall wellness. Our professionals will look for abnormalities, such as ulcers or growths on the sides and base of the tongue or tonsils. If you haven’t scheduled your next checkup, call us.
 
Patient reviews

"Entire staff is very professional yet maintains an easy-going, friendly, very customer oriented experience. The whole office atmosphere was relaxed without the clinical type rush I associate with my previous dentist's office. The staff and Dr. Koppikar took time to explain the various aspects of what work was being done, and also to discuss future treatment plans and recommendations. Office well equipped and staff knowledgeable about latest technologies. Great experience overall."

~ ANA.


 
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Behind The Scenes!!!
Does being at the dentist give you anxiety? IV Sedation may be your solution! Dr. Koppikar and his team work with a wonderful anesthesiologist! Their goal is to put patients at ease during dental procedures!


 
Blocking yeast-bacteria interaction may prevent severe biofilms that cause childhood tooth decay
Though most tooth decay can be blamed on bacteria, such as Streptococcus mutans, the fungus Candida albicans may be a joint culprit in an alarmingly common form of severe tooth decay affecting toddlers known as early childhood caries.

In earlier research, a team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine had found that C. albicans, a type of yeast, took advantage of an enzyme produced by S. mutans to form a particularly intractable biofilm. In a new study, the researchers have pinpointed the surface molecules on the fungus that interact with the bacterially-derived protein. Blocking that interaction impaired the ability of yeast to form a biofilm with S. mutans on the tooth surface, pointing to a novel therapeutic strategy.

 
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Biltmore Dental Center
Phone : (602) 714 2223   |    4202 N. 32nd Street, Suite B, Phoenix, AZ 85018
www.biltmoredentalcenter.com
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