Welcome to spring! As April brings warmer weather, it also ushers in Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Why should we be concerned?
Awareness of oral cancer and its devastating effects is low in the United States. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2018. That works out to 132 people per day! But an even more sobering fact is that “one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it.”
And while tobacco use remains at the top of the list of risk factors for oral cancer, the U.S. is seeing a concerning rise in oral cancer among otherwise healthy young people who do not use tobacco but have been exposed to the HPV virus. Oral Cancer Foundation states that “publications now existing in peer-reviewed medical journals establish HPV as a more important causative agent than tobacco in oropharyngeal cancers.”
The Board encourages you to get involved during Oral Cancer Awareness Month! So how can you help?
Whatever you choose to do this month, your efforts to highlight the warning signs and dangers of oral cancer can make a difference, especially to nonsmokers who may think they are immune! Let MOLAR know how you raise awareness, and we will recognize you in the next newsletter. Thank you for your help!
- Spread the word about oral cancer, its causes, and how it is diagnosed. Resources are available to help. Download the Oral Cancer infographic offered by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. You can find flyers, posters fact sheets and other resources here. Don’t forget to use social media to build awareness.
- And if you are a dentist or hygienist, if possible, hold oral cancer screenings this month at your practice. Visit the Oral Cancer Foundation website to get free resources and learn more about hosting a screening event.
May 11th - 9:00 am - noon: MOLAR EDUCATION MEETING
Lt. Tanya Selling will talk to us about the US Public Health Service. Learn About: ..What roles US Public Health Officers provide
..Where officers in US Public Health Service serve
..Typical clinical experiences at the facility where LT Selling serves
CLICK HERE to for details and to register on our new website
APRIL 25TH (7:00am - 9:00am) FREE WEBINAR: Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity (SAMHSA OBHE) CLICK HERE for more details and to register.
ORAL HEALTH AMERICA FREE WEBINAR SERIES
For more information or to view previous webinars, please visit Oral Health America Webinar Series - CLICK HERE
ADHA 95th Annual Conference- June 20-23, 2018 Columbus, OH. Registration opens January 17, 2018 - www.ADHA
- April 26, 2018; 2:00 PM CST - North Dakota: An Example of an Oral Healthcare Program for Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities
- May 3, 2018; 2:00 PM CST - Oral Hygiene: Caring for the Older Adult with Dementia
- May 17, 2018, 2:00 PM CST - Self-Reported Oral Health Data vs. Oral Screening Data: What’s the Story?
MOLAR Oral Health Coalition 2018 meeting Dates
July 13, 2018, September 14, 2018, November 9, 2018
Affiliated Practice Tool Kit
September 28-29, 2018
ADA releases new policy on Opioids
The American Dental Association released on March 27,2018 a new policy on opioids. The policy states:
..The ADA supports mandatory continuing education in prescribing opioids and other controlled
.. The ADA supports statutory limits on opioid dosage and duration of no more than 7 days for the
treatment of acute pain consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention evidence- based
..The ADA supports dentists registering with and utilizing Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) to promote the appropriate use of opioids and deter misuse and abuse
Interesting fact: in 1998 dentists were the top specialty prescribers of opioids accounting for 15.5% of all US prescriptions. By 2012 this number has fallen to 6.4%. For more info on this topic go to ADA.org/opioids
Oral Health America (OHA) today published a national report examining factors impacting the oral health of older adults. With an expected 72.1 million seniors living in the United States by 2030, OHA’s A State of Decay, Vol. IV, illustrates progress in some areas and the need for continued action to ensure America’s rapidly growing population of seniors age healthily and independently.
A reminder of this month’s Spirit of Community donation items for May for UMOM: ________________________________________________________
Seniors at Oznam Center
Personal care items (shampoo, soap, hair brushes, etc.)
Spirit of Community Reminder:
July: Water for Andre House; Non-perishable food items for food banks
September: Books to promote literacy- underserved kids
November: Stuffed animals/ non-perishable food items Food pantries and police/fire department for traumatized children
All above recipients also get 30 oral hygiene kits.org/annual-conference