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Edition 6

March 2019

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  Every hour someone dies of oral or oropharyngeal cancer (cancers of the mouth and upper throat) in the US.

Oral cancer is divided into two categories – those occurring in the oral cavity (your lips, the inside of your lips and cheeks, teeth, gums, the front two-thirds of your tongue and the floor and roof of your mouth) and those occurring in the oropharynx (middle region of the throat, including the tonsils and base of the tongue).


However, when oral cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced, and survival rates may increase. Early detection may result in better treatment outcomes and may help keep you or someone you love from becoming one of the 10,030 people whose lives may be claimed this year by the disease. The 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed is approximately 60 percent.


Where Can Oral Cancer Appear?


The oral cavity includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth. The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue, as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

It’s important to be aware of the following signs and symptoms and to see your dentist if they do not disappear after two weeks.

A sore or irritation that doesn't go away

Red or white patches

Pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips

A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area

Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw

A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Some people complain of a sore throat, feeling like something is caught in their throat, numbness, hoarseness or a change in voice. If you have any of these symptoms, let your dentist know, especially if you’ve had them for two weeks or more.


What Are the Risk Factors for Oral Cancer?


Research has identified a number of factors that increase the risk of developing oral cancers. Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer than women. Smokers and excessive alcohol drinkers older than 50 are the most at-risk. Regular dental check-ups that include an examination of the entire head and neck can be vital in detecting cancer early.  

How Can My Dentist Help Detect Oral Cancer Early?

During your regular exam, your dentist will ask you about changes in your medical history and whether you’ve been having any new or unusual symptoms.

Then, your dentist will check your oral cavity. This includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, the front part of your tongue, the floor of your mouth and the roof of your mouth. Your dentist will also examine your throat (pharynx) at the soft part at the roof of your mouth, including your tonsils, the back section of your tongue and where your tongue attaches to the bottom of your mouth. The dentist will then feel your jaw and neck for any lumps or abnormalities. In addition to the physical exam, Rock River Dental uses the non-invasive, state-of-the-art, VELscope® light technology to get a more in-depth look.

What Can I Do to Prevent Oral Cancer?

The most important thing is to be aware of your risk factors. Refrain from things like smoking and excess drinking.  Regular trips to your dentist will not prevent this disease, but will be a source of early detection...so your survival rate greatly increases!

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. Rock River Dental is pleased to offer the community the opportunity for FREE Oral Cancer Screenings for the month of April. We will use our non-invasive, state-of-the-art, VELscope® light technology. If you are at risk of oral cancer, ask us about a VELscope screening. Call us at 920-563-4415 to learn more. Source:https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/oral-cancer

Watch the video below as Dr. G shows how easy and painless the oral exam is.


What’s Been Happening at RRD?


The holidays were over but we weren’t done celebrating!  

As a staff, we spend a lot of time together but we are focused on our patients. It was great fun to stop, relax, and reconnect as colleagues and friends at our office Christmas party in January. We celebrated with dinner, drinks and lots of laughs at Buckhorn Supper Club.

January 8th Connie celebrated 4 years with us!

January 17th Katie celebrated 8 years with us!

January 22nd Dr. G celebrated her birthday

January 25th Alivia celebrated a birthday



January can get kind of long and this was an extra tough winter so we had a little extra fun on National Have Fun at Work Day with a beach party!





February started out with one of our favorite events of the year!  Each year we get the privilege to give free dental care to local kids who need it the most. During “Give Kids A Smile Day”,  we provide dental cleanings, exams, and x-rays as well as any dental procedures we are able to perform that day for children in low-income families.  This year we were able to see 16 kids and give them the dental care they needed! All of our staff volunteer their time at this event. It is so fulfilling to make a difference to those in need.  We love giving back to our community!


We also celebrated Women’s Heart Health Month by wearing red!

 On February 14th we showed our patients some LOVE by showering them with flowers!


Jenna celebrated her 4th year at Rock River Dental on February 16th!




On February 25th we celebrated “National Tooth Fairy Day” with a contest. One lucky winner went home with their very own Children’s Sonicare Brush!!  Special thanks to the “Tooth Fairy” for making a special appearance!



March was full of more celebrating as we celebrated Kathy’s Birthday on March 3rd, Dental Assistants week, Dentist’s Day, and the first day of SPRING!!






Featured Review

A Very Gentle Dental Service! I Highly Recommend Rock River Dental!

“I actually enjoy going to dental appointments. I no longer experience anxiety -- and have even dozed briefly. This level of comfort was never experienced until I began going to Rock River Dental. Everyone is friendly and professional and shows an interest in my well-being. Procedures are clearly explained and viable treatment options are given. I appreciate always being treated like a respected member of the treatment team. The uninsured are given options for payment plans. Over the years I have seen 3 different dentists and their hygienists -- each team has provided high-quality service. Thank you all.”

-P. Danielson


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Did you know?

*Rock River Dental is pleased to announce we now offer SAME DAY CROWNS!  No more messy impressions, no more repeated appointments, no more temporary solutions!  Our team is highly trained to design, mill and finish crowns providing the same high-quality crown we receive from our lab. Ask us if a Same Day Crown is right for you!

*You can get your child a custom sports guard from Rock River Dental in their school colors!  A custom mouthguard is going to offer your child’s mouth MUCH better protection than the over the counter products! Ask how today!

*No insurance? No Problem!  We offer an IN HOUSE Dental Savings Plan. Don’t let the lack of dental insurance stop you from achieving optimal dental health! It CAN be affordable!

*Your referrals are our biggest compliment!  We love it when our patients refer their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers!   Ask us about our referral program at your next visit!

1951 Commerce Pkwy Fort Atkinson, WI  53538

 920-563-4415 I www.rockriverdental.com