What Do You Want To Know About Oral Cancer?

oral cancer awarenessAt our Austin dental offices, we’d like to educate our patients on this dangerous disease during this Oral Cancer Awareness Month. When it’s caught early, Oral Cancer is highly treatable, that’s why we want to share some facts about it with you..

Oral Cancer Facts

  • Oral cancer kills 8,000 Americans every year.
  • If caught early, the survival rate for mouth and oral cancers is between 85-90%.
  • Tobacco and alcohol use are risk factors, but so are increased exposure to the sun, poor nutrition, HPV, and age.

Who’s At Risk?

Oral cancer itself is more common in men than woman. In fact, oral cancer is two times more likely in men than women. That doesn’t mean women can’t get it, it’s just fewer women do.

Folks above the age of 45 comprise 90% of new oral cancer cases each year.

Those who work outside between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. may be at higher risk. That’s why you should use lip balm with SPF of at least 15 each day and remember to apply and reapply sunscreen.

People who don’t or can’t get at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day may also be at increased risk for oral cancer.

If you have HPV, it’s especially important to get checked for oral cancer regularly.

We know thinking about cancer is scary. But if it’s caught early, treatment can be very successful. This makes keeping regularly scheduled appointments at our dental offices in Austin extremely important. Routine visits are not only meant to deep clean and check for cavities, we also look for any signs of anything a bit more serious like oral cancer.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen a dentist, give us a call. We’re here to get you healthy in a comfortable and understanding environment.

Welcoming patients from Austin, Westlake,Cedar Park, and surrounding areas.

Cruising the Hill Country

rMid to late April is usually a great time to view wildflowers in Texas. My husband Rick and I love to go riding the backroads in Texas on his Harley and view this beautiful countryside. Willow City Loop is a great place to tour whether in a car on on a motorcycle. 13 miles through some of the oldest and most unique countryside.  Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, Phlox, Coreopsis, Mexican Poppies, Sunflowers, Firewheels, yellow and white Daisies, Winecups, Horsemint, and Verbena! are painted across miles of The Hill Country.r3
Be warned that on a sunny Saturday or Sunday there will be many motorcycles on this route. The road is narrow and curvy ,but you need to go slow to take in the beauty. The Hill Country is absolutely beautiful. Knot in the Loop Saloon or Harry’s on the Loop are great places to stop and have a Hamburger and Cold Drink. There is lot of memorabilia on the walls to keep you entertained at Knot in the Loop Saloon, sort of a Wild West Museum!  The Texas Hill Country is gorgeous. The motorcycles, bicycles, and convertibles are abundant this time of the year. Keep your eyes open for the cattle roaming the pastures and next to the road. All of the land is privately owned, but access is open to allow everyone to see the natural beauty Texas has to offer.r77


From Austin take Loop1 S. Exit onto TX-71 W/US-290 W. Continue to follow 290W approx. 32 miles .Turn right onto US-281 N .Turn left onto Farm Rd 1323. The road loops back to SR 16 where you can turn left and return to Fredericksburg, or for a head-turning view of Enchanted Rock, turn right and continue to 965. Turn left on to 965… you can’t miss the BIG pink rock! Wow! Wonders of the world! You just never know what might crop up on the backroads of Texas! Enjoy

Crawfish Season in Austin Recipe

Its that time of year again…..Finally……… Crawfish, Crayfish, Mudbugs, Crawdads, whatever you call them they are DELICIOUS!cra2

Crawfish season is not as easily defined as other seasons, such as crab or shrimp, because it is not legally regulated. However, that is not to say that there is not the “ideal time” to purchase and eat live. There are actually three factors that play heavily into when crawfish season happens:

  1. The Crawfish are readily available.  Call your local HEB in Austin.
  2. They are cheap enough to afford.
  3. They are big enough to enjoy and be worth the effort.

In a normal year, these three planets align around the beginning of March and the season ends sometime in June.

Rain and temperature have the biggest effect on when Crawfish season actually begins. Crawfish need a lot of rain and warmer temperatures to grow, and this usually happens in late February or early March. However, if the winter is exceptionally wet, and then warmer temperatures creep in early, you will see crawfish prices drop a little earlier.
untitledOur favorite seasoning is Louisiana Crawfish , Crab, and Shrimp Boil.  About 1 oz of this per lb of crawfish is the perfect amount of seasoning. To add additional spice sprinkle Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning on them after they come out of the water.
First it is a good idea to purge them in a salt water bath for about 15 minutes. Discard the ones that are floating. Rinse real well crawfishuntil water coming off them is clear. As soon as your water is at a rolling boil drop a batch in and boil for approx. 15  minutes with red potatoes.. We like to add corn on the cob, and Andouille sausage. Drop a whole artichoke in the boil for a delicious vegetable to add to the meal. Dump in a cooler and they will stay warm for hours while everyone enjoys this tasty “delicacy”.  Now do you need to know how to eat them?  Check out this video!

Fact or Fiction: Cavity Edition

cavity myths

Cavities are one of the most common dental concerns we hear about at our dental office in Austin. While worries about cavities are valid since they can lead to pain, sensitivity, and more serious oral health conditions, there are many beliefs behind cavities that just aren’t true.


Fact or Fiction: Sugar is the main cause of cavities.

Fiction. But almost fact. Bacteria are the main cause behind cavities. Bacteria produces acid, acid destroys teeth, and cavities are formed. But where does the bacteria come from? Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates found in bread, rice, potatoes, and yes, sugar, are the main triggers behind bacteria production.


Fact or Fiction: Kids are more likely to get cavities than adults.

Fiction. Developments in dental technology and prevention has led to a decrease in tooth decay in children by half in the last 20 years. This means that children are actually at lower risk for cavities than their grandparents. Senior citizens are at the highest risk for cavities because a lot of medications lead to dry mouth, lack of saliva production, and in turn, tooth decay and cavities.


Fact or Fiction: Acidic foods cause tooth decay.

Fact. Foods that are high in acid like lemons, citrus fruits, and soda really increase the chance for decay. The acid actually eats away at the protective enamel, putting your teeth at greater risk for cavities.


Fact or Fiction: Gaps in teeth increase the likelihood of cavities.

Fact. Gaps provide a great place for bacteria to hide. They’re also hard to reach and properly clean, leaving you more susceptible to cavities. However, larger gaps are much easier to clean than small gaps and aren’t as worrisome.


A few longstanding facts to protect your smile against cavities? Maintain regularly scheduled appointments at our Austin dental office, proper at-home oral care, and drink plenty of water. Don’t let cavities affect your grin. Call us today!


Serving patients from Austin, Westlake, Cedar Park, and surrounding areas.


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