Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Oral Cancer Screenings: Early Detection Means Lasting Dental Health By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on October 23, 2014

A happy couple sits together outsidePatients in the greater Charlotte area can count on Dr. Charles A. Porter for providing excellent dental health. He offers advanced general dentistry services that emphasize dental health and total wellness. This includes routine maintenance and screenings for major dental health problems, such as the early signs of oral cancer. Let's take a moment to consider the nature of oral cancer right now.

Types of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer refers to any kinds of cancers that affect the various parts of your mouth, such as your tongue, your throat, your salivary glands, your jawbone, and so forth. You may recall that the late film critic Roger Ebert suffered from thyroid cancer and salivary gland cancer, which eventually resulted in surgical removal of his lower jaw.

Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common form of oral cancer that people suffer from. It is estimated that around 43,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, 57% of whom are expected to survive five years after diagnosis.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancers

The most common signs and symptoms of oral cancer are abnormal growths, sores, and lesions within the mouth that do not clear within two weeks. These sores can be painful, and they can occur on the gums, the tongue, the palate, the insides of the cheeks, or the lips.

Other potential signs of oral cancer include persistent dry mouth and chronic bad breath. These symptoms could suggest a more serious problem of some kind, especially if they occur in conjunction with sores that do not heal.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

The biggest risk factor for oral cancer is smoking and the use of tobacco products. It is estimated that three-fourths of all oral cancers are linked to smoking and chewing tobacco. This is just another compelling reason to quit smoking or using chewing tobacco or simply not starting to begin with.

Screening During Regular Dental Exams

Oral cancer detection tends to begin with regular dental exams. Your dentist will note any sores or lesions in your mouth that may look amiss and then run additional tests to examine the affected tissues.

If you have noticed any issues with sores, pain, discomfort, dry mouth, or other potential signs of a health problem, be sure to discuss them with your dentist. By bringing these matters of concern to your dentist's attention, you can receive the treatment you need as soon as possible.

Early Detection Is Important

If the oral cancer is not addressed promptly, there is a chance that it may spread and affect the lymph nodes before moving on to other parts of the body. This is why it's important that you remain attentive about potential signs of oral cancer and speak with your dentist during your dental visits.

Keep In Touch with Your Dentist

Remember that you dentist should be alerted about potential health issues as they arise. Even if your next dental visit is a few months away, do not hesitate to get in contact with us should you have any concerns related to a sore or lesion. Better to be safe than sorry given how serious these kinds of issues can be.

Schedule a Consultation for Dental Care Treatment

To schedule a visit to our practice and learn more about your options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Porter and the team here looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve the best dental health and wellness possible.

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Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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