Oral Cancer and the Velscope

In an effort to give you the best care and stay abreast of the latest technology, we have purchased a new instrument, THE VELSCOPE, for our office.

This is a non-invasive, hand held light that emits a cone of blue light into the mouth. Because changes in the natural fluorescence of healthy tissues occur when there are changes in the cells, looking at the tissues through the special eyepiece allows us to spot possible tumors at the very earliest possible stage. The Velscope allows us to see changes even before those changes can be felt or are evident with the naked eye.

The American Cancer society estimates that there are 30,000 new cases of various types of oral cancer diagnosed each year…and only half survive 5 years. We have always performed oral cancer screening for you at every exam- but this device allows us to “look deeper” and more accurately to better protect you.

The current recommendation is that the Velscope be used once a year. We strongly agree….and that’s why we’ve invested in this potentially life saving instrument. While this is recognized and recommended by the American Cancer Society and the American dental association, some insurance will not cover this procedure. We strongly recommend that you include this diagnostic opportunity in your regular care even though your insurance may not cover it.

Your health and well being is our greatest concern…and we’ll always bring you the best and latest advances that benefit your health.

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We are too! That’s why we want you to know the facts about the x-rays taken in our office. At Advanced Dental Care, we use digital X-ray to minimize your exposure. The following exposures of bone marrow to radiation during typical medical and dental x-ray examinations are listed below in millirems, a measurement of radiation. Take a look at how dental x-rays compare to other forms of diagnostic films.

The annual maximum occupational exposure for U.S. radiation workers has been set at 5,000 millirems. Low doses spread out over a period of time are not as harmful as larger doses at once because the body has time to recover.

HIGH DOSE GR Pelvimetry: examination to evaluate
proportions of the birth canal 875
Mammography: breast examination 1000
Lower Spine 450
Middle Spine 347

Abdomen 147
Ribs 143
Pelvis 133
Skull 78
Hip 72

Cervical Spine (neck) 52
Femur (upper leg) 21
Dental (Full mouth series) with Film 10
Dental (Panorex) with Film 2
Dental (Bitewing) with Film less than 0.5
Dental (Full mouth series) with Digital less than 1
Dental (Bitewing) with Digital less than 0.05

You would have to take 2,000 dental x-rays to equal the radiation in 1 mammogram! We would have to take almost 10,000 dental x-rays to reach your maximum safe yearly dose!

To put things in perspective, each time you fly from coast to coast on an airplane you receive 4 millirems of background radiation, or the equivalent of 8 DENTAL BITEWING X-RAYS. Just as well, there is background radiation from concrete buildings, roads, and of course the sun! Just standing around outside for several minutes, you receive more than 3 bitewing x-rays worth of radiation every day!

In fact, several radiologists have published papers indicating low level doses of radiation actually reduce cancer risks!

When you weigh these facts against the serious, progressive disease processes such as cavities, gum disease, abscesses, and cancer that can go undetected without x-rays, it seems like a pretty fair, and extremely safe, trade off.

There is no question that having your dental x-rays taken regularly is well worth it!

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Sedation Dentistry Offers New Solution to Age-Old Problem

Sedation Dentistry Offers New Solution to Age-Old Problem

(Richmond, Virginia) – How are more and more dentists helping people get over their dental anxieties? Cutting-edge dentists across the country are offering patients the opportunity to comfortably nap through even the most complex dental procedures. Sound like a dream come true? For many—especially the estimated 35 million Americans who suffer from dental phobia—it is.

It’s called sedation dentistry, and now, by taking a few tiny pills, patients can comfortably nap through their dental procedures. Though other sedation techniques have been available throughout the history of dentistry, oral sedation has recently become a preferred method for many patients.

“Many people are beginning to rely on sedation dentistry as a solution to their dental anxieties. People who haven’t seen a dentist in over 20 years are coming in for sedation dentistry because it offers a pain-free and anxiety-free solution,” says Dr. Frank Straus, a Crown Council dentist who practices in Richmond. Dr. Straus has been offering sedation dentistry to his patients for over 20 years.

Once sedated, patients remain responsive throughout the procedure, but do not feel a thing and often have no memory of the procedure. Some sedation patients have claimed that they didn’t even know they were in the dentist’s office, and that they felt no pain the next day, even after the sedation had worn off.

“Sedation dentistry allows me to offer patients a way to receive the treatment they need in a comfortable and pain-free way,” says Dr. Frank Straus. “Patient anxiety has always been one of the biggest professional obstacles that dentists face, but with new methods of treatment such as sedation, we are seeing that stigma starting to decline.”

Another advantage of sedation dentistry is that more work can be completed in a single visit, which means fewer appointments for patients. With sedation dentistry, patients can have years of dental neglect corrected, or receive a cosmetic smile makeover, in total comfort in just one or two visits.

“There’s nothing more satisfying than helping a patient in a way they are totally comfortable with,” says Dr. Frank Straus.

For more information about Dr. Frank D. Straus, DDS, FAGD, or to schedule an interview, contact Vicky Beall at 804-741-4177.

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Smiles for Life Campaign to Benefit Children’s Charities


(Richmond, VA) Smile — It’s time again for the Crown Council’s Smiles for Life campaign. This March through June, local Crown Council dentist, Dr. Frank Straus, is offering teeth whitening services at a reduced price, and will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to help children facing serious health and educational problems in Richmond and communities throughout North America.

“The teeth whitening procedure is quick and painless, with excellent results,” explains Dr. Straus, a Crown Council dentist located in Richmond. “Most importantly, a few minutes in the chair can help touch a child’s life forever.”

The Smiles for Life Foundation is the children’s charity organization of the Crown Council, an organization of leading-edge dentists participating throughout North America. Each year over a four-month period, Crown Council dentists participating in the Smiles for Life campaign offer professional teeth whitening services at a considerably reduced price and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to children’s charities. Yet, Dr. Straus has always taken the campaign a step further and donates his teeth whitening proceeds throughout the remainder of the year to two local charities, the YMCA Seeds of Hope Foundation and the St. Francis Home. The Crown Council’s Smiles for Life Foundation has raised more than $15 million since 1998, benefiting nearly 300 children’s charities across North America. Since joining the campaign, Dr. Straus has raised $20,000.

“Smiles for Life allows a person to help children in need by doing something that benefits them as well,” explains Greg Anderson, director of the Crown Council. “Dr. Straus and his team donate their time and expertise, while Discus Dental provides all supplies. You receive a brighter smile, and, best of all, provide children with a brighter future.”

This year, for the first time, 50 percent of all Smiles for Life proceeds will be donated to children’s charities designated by the participating dentists. As his Smiles for Life partner, Dr. Straus will continue his contribution to the local YMCA Seeds of Hope Foundation and the St. oHome. The remaining 50 percent will be donated to the Garth Brooks’ “Teammates for Kids” Foundation.

Gift certificates for teeth whitening services with participating Crown Council dentists are also available at the office of Dr. Frank Straus and online until Valentine’s day at www.smilesforlife.org. These certificates are a perfect gift idea for loved ones for Valentine Day, wedding showers, birthdays and other special occasions.

For more information about Smiles for Life, visit www.smilesforlife.org

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