Monday, May 20th, 2013
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Oral Cancer and Detecting It
Have you ever thought about Oral Cancer? Some may think this is a rare form of cancer, but 100 people will be diagnosed with some form of mouth cancer today. Last year alone, 37,000 people were diagnosed and every hour each day one person will die from it. It is commonly called mouth cancer, tongue, tonsil or throat cancer. Men get oral cancer twice as often as women and until Michael Douglas was diagnosed, it was not something people thought of. Yet, at every routine dental examination you have received an oral cancer screening. Isn’t that great? Early diagnosis and treatment greatly increases your chance of survival, so keeping to your routine visits is extremely important.
Oral cancer commonly involves the lips and the tongue. It can also be found on your cheek lining, gums, palate, larynx and under your tongue. Some symptoms of this form of cancer are:
- a sore, lump or ulcer in the mouth
- pain and difficulty swallowing
- tongue problems
- swollen lymph nodes in neck
- chewing problems
- a pale, dark or discolored area
- fuzzy white patches on the sides of tongue or cheeks
Factors that increase the risk of oral cancer are:
- smoking and other tobacco use
- heavy alcohol use
- chronic irritation from teeth, dentures or fillings
- medications that weaken the immune system
- Human Papilloma Virus
Different techniques are used to detect oral cancer. In the past we have checked thoroughly to determine if you are at risk. Because so many people have been diagnosed, I have decided to add a device called the VELscope to help in our assessment. For an additional nominal fee, this hand held device can help our hygienists and I determine if you are at risk, along with our routine head and neck exams. In just two minutes, The VELscope’s blue light allows us to see precancerous, as well as, oral cancer not yet visible to the naked eye. It’s simple, quick and painless. By adding the VELscope to your visit we can detect lesions that, left untreated, may otherwise develop into oral cancer.
Routine dental hygiene visits are not only important for the care of your teeth and gums but to increase your overall health. Our team, at Smiles 4 A Lifetime, wants to provide you with the latest technology and we are always continuing our education to increase our awareness of all levels of your health. If you have any questions regarding this new device, please feel free to call the office. We would be happy to discuss it with you.
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
We here at Smiles 4 A Lifetime are always asking our patients to keep to regular hygiene appointments and take xrays on a yearly basis. Our hygienists are constantly explaining the absolute necessity of proper brushing and flossing. The doctors are adamant about limiting soda, juices and sticky candies.
So how on earth did my kid get 7 cavities? Yes, you heard correctly, Dr. Neil and Beth’s child has 7 cavities! Did he miss his appointment? Did we forget his xrays? Has he been eating the wrong foods? Truth is, teenagers are their own people. Although we bring him into the office when he is supposed to be seen, we are not in the bathroom with him overseeing his brushing and flossing as we did when he was a little boy. Just as we can’t check every homework, or monitor what happens when he is out of the house, we can only give him the tools to help himself and then trust that he does so.
The reality is, as parents, we can educate our children, but at some point the responsibility falls on them. Luckily, he is seen frequently in our office and we can treat the teeth before the decay gets even worse. We will educate him again on the virtues of brushing and flossing. Most of all, we will remember that he is only human, and while 7 cavities is horrible, it is not the worst thing in the world. Especially when he has a fantastic dentist filling them!
Dr. Neil Berman
Dr. Andrew Lermer
And the Team at Smiles 4 A Lifetime
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
First and foremost, we hope this New Year finds you in good health. If you are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, we hope everything is falling into place as quickly as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Additionally, we wanted to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2013. We hope this year brings you all that you desire. As always, if there is anything we can do to help you; please do not hesitate to ask.
We wanted to let you know that in February we will be switching to a new email and text messaging system. We are always looking for better ways to communicate with you. This new system will help you confirm your appointments with greater ease, as well as receive other important information from our office. We apologize in advance if there are any glitches in switching over to this system. It may take some input on your part to have the system confirm your appointments the way you wish. If you have any questions or concerns, or have a problem setting up your preferences, please give Nina or Beth a call and they will be happy to do it for you.
Dr. Neil Berman and Dr. Andrew Lermer
Monday, January 7th, 2013
Monday, November 26th, 2012
It is hard to believe that 2013 is around the corner. This year has flown by and we thought we should give a quick reminder to all of our patients that have any kind of dental insurance. Once the year ends, so do your benefits for 2012. With dental insurance, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Additionally, if you had a deductible that you satisfied in 2012, your deductible will start over again in January. If you give the office a call, Nina has a wealth of information about insurance, and she will be happy to help you maximize your benefits, so you reduce your dental costs.
Another fact about insurance that we wanted to remind you about, is Dr. Lermer. Dr. Lermer joined us a few months ago and we have been receiving rave reviews. Dr. Lermer is enrolled on most insurance plans, so if seeing someone in the network is a concern of yours, we can help you with that . Also, if you have any friends or family that will only see an insurance provider, we can now help them. Again, Nina will be happy to assist you with helping them.
Our annual coat drive has been successful once again. Thank you to all of the patients that have dropped off coats and clothing. They have found their way to their new homes. Please feel free to drop off any other items you wish to be donated and we will take care of it for you.
Lastly, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to say thank you to you, our valued patient. We are thankful for your patronage, we are thankful for your friendship, and we are thankful that we know you.
Enjoy this holiday season, and keep SMILING!
Dr. Neil Berman, Dr. Andrew Lermer and the team at Smiles 4 A Lifetime
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
To our Dear Patients,
We wanted to reach out to you, our dear patient and friend. While Beth and I were fortunate to have had no damage to our home ond office, many of our staff family, friends and personal family have suffered great losses. We are here to help in any which way we can. We have extra bedrooms and showers at home, and the office has a washing machine and dryer. You are free to use whatever we have or even just spend the day in our warm office using our electricity to charge devices.
Our office phone number is operational and the answering machine lists my cell phone number if you need to reach me after hours.
Additionally, we usually hold our annual coat drive in November. This year, of course, all donations will be going to Sandy relief funds. Besides coats, there is a great need for all clothing, cleaning products, food and supplies. We will collect all supplies that you are able to donate and we promise to get them to people that need them the most.
Please stay safe, and healthy and try to keep your spirits up. Try to keep SMILING.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012