Oral Cancer Awareness

Oral Cancer AwarenessRates of occurrence in the United States

Close to 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 43,250 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. (Approximately 57%) This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma). If you expand the definition of oral cancers to include cancer of the larynx, for which the risk factors are the same, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to approximately 54,000 individuals, and 13,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Worldwide the problem is much greater, with over 640,000 new cases being found each year.Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because in its early stages it may not be noticed by the patient, as it can frequently prosper without producing pain or symptoms they might readily recognize, and because it has a high risk of producing second, primary tumors. This means that patients who survive a first encounter with the disease, have up to a 20 times higher risk of developing a second cancer. This heightened risk factor can last for 5 to 10 years after the first occurrence. Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.

3 Facts about Oral Cancer you should know

1. Up to 75% of cases of oral cancer may be attributed to tobacco and alcohol use.

2. The overall prevalence of oral HPV infection (a causitive agent of OC) is estimated to be 6.9% in adults aged 14 to 69 years in the United States. However, HPV prevalence can be as high as 20% for persons who have more than 20 lifetime sexual partners or currently use tobacco (more than 1 pack of cigarettes per day).

3. The prevalence of type-specific HPV-16 oral infection is estimated at 1% in adults aged 14 to 69 years (an estimated 2.13 million infected persons). Human papillomavirus-16 is associated with approximately 85% to 95% of cases of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer. Therefore, the increasing role of oral HPV infection as a risk factor for oropharyngeal cancer may warrant future assessment of the independent effect of HPV-16 on incidence and outcomes of oropharyngeal cancer and the health effect of screening persons who are HPV-16-positive.




But not a lot about your tongue. Your tongue plays a vital role in your overall oral health! Did you know that your tongue is the fastest-healing part of your body? And without our tongues, we couldn’t speak, taste, or even swallow.

Six Facts About The Human Tongue:

  1. The tongue is a special kind of muscle called a muscular hydrostatic. This means that it operates without any help from your skeletal structure, like an elephant trunk or octopus tentacle.
  2. Your tongue is a natural cleaner—it starts clearing out food on your teeth after eating.
  3. Not all of your taste buds are located on your tongue. About 10% of them are found on your cheeks and the roof of your mouth.
  4. Almost 50% of the bacteria in your mouth is on your tongue. That’s why it’s important to brush your tongue for fresher breath!
  5. Taste buds are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Those little bumps on your tongue aren’t taste buds—they’re called papillae.
  6. Some people have pierced their tongues since ancient times, but there are serious oral health dangers associated with doing so, including chipped teeth and nerve damage.

Spring Offerings!

 We want to help our patients have the Healthy White Smile they deserve! So from now till July 4th we are giving you an extra 15% All Oral-B Electric toothbrushes and our Opalescence on the go whitening kits! Our patients love to treat themselves to this service as well as purchase Gift Certificates for Mother’s Day, Graduations, or Anniversary Gifts!

Recipes from our office!

RecipesJalapeño Pillows+
(by Bonnie)


12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (6 oz.)
2 cups of diced fresh jalapeño peppers (or to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste
1 can (16.3 oz.) Pillsbury® Grand’s Flaky Layers refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 egg

1 – Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, salt, pepper and garlic powder until well combined. Set aside.

2 – Separate dough into 8 biscuits. With rolling pin, roll out each biscuit into about 1/8-inch-thick round.          Spoon about 1 tablespoon cheese filling onto center of each. Bring up dough around filling; pinch to seal tightly. Place seam side down on ungreased cookie sheet.

3 – To make egg wash, beat egg with splash of water. Brush tops of stuffed biscuits with some of the egg wash. Sprinkle tops with additional salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Can top with slice of jalapeño pepper.

4 – Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and firm. Serve warm.

Holiday treats to start the season! (10.16.13)


Louisiana Rice Dressing – Dr. Schulman


1/2 lb ground beef                                  1 tsp garlic powder
1 C bell pepper, chopped                     1/4 C chopped jalapenos (optional)
1 can cream of mushroom soup        1 C chopped onions
creole seasoning                                   1 C chopped green onion tops
1 C chopped green onion tops            1 C chopped celery
cooked rice                                              1/2 lb ground pork

Cook ground beef and pork until brown. Do not drain! Add onions, bell pepper, celery, jalapenos and seasonings. ( You can add a healthy splash of Louisiana Hot sauce or Tabasco and a splash of Worcestershire Sauce here too……… oueeeeee!!!! )  Add enough water to completely cover meat. Cook slowly for 30 minutes. Add soup, mix and add enough cooked rice to take up all of the liquid. Should be quite moist. Just before serving, stir in green onion tops.   ENJOY!!


7 Layer Bars – Bonnie
(Dr. Schulman’s Favorite!)

1/2 C unsalted butter
1-1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
1 C semisweet chocolate chips
1 C butterscotch chips
1 C chopped walnuts
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1-1/3 C shredded coconut

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place butter in 13×9 pan and melt in oven. Swirl to coat bottom and sides of pan.
Spread graham cracker crumbs evenly over bottom of pan. Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips & nuts over crumbs. Pour condensed milk over nuts. Sprinkle coconut over condensed milk.
Bake until edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes.  Let cool before cutting into bars.

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Teeth not white as snow?! (10.16.13)

Holiday season is fast approaching, which means it’s time to look your best for all those friends and family you only see a couple times a year!  No one wants their first impression to be a stained, yellow smile!  But how can we avoid or rectify it?  We know red wine can be a major culprit in staining, but there are several others you may not be aware of!  Anything from coffee to lettuce to candy can wreak havoc on the color of your teeth.  Check out the full WebMD article HERE.
Don’t forget – Dr. Schulman offers a wide array of whitening solutions, including:
*Whitening For Life program (customized whitening trays & whitening solution)
* Disposable, take-home whitening kits
* Crest 3-D Whitening System (now with $20 rebate)

How well do you know your insurance?! (9.15.13)

We realize how hard it is to keep up with all of the upcoming changes in healthcare and insurance, but how well do you know your current insurance plan?  We want to make sure you are fully aware of your plan and its components so you are not surprised by any balance due once you leave our office.  We don’t want you feeling like you’ve been hung out to dry because you weren’t aware that your plan had changed!   So prior to your visit with us, please verify your current plan information with your Human Resources department, or the provider themselves, so you know what services should be covered and what you might be expected to pay.   And we will continue to file your insurance and do all we can to make sure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to!

insurance question

We escaped the invasion! (8.17.13)

Dr. Schulman & his team were thrilled to be one of the sponsors of this year’s Area 13.1 half marathon again, benefiting the Matthew E. Russell Foundation.  We gave out plenty of toothpaste, floss, and glow-in-the-dark paraphernalia!  The weather was dreary but the turnout was still amazing!  You can learn more about the foundation HERE!

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