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Diagnostic Potential Of Smartphones Remains A Work In Progress, Experts Say

KHN  reports smartphones “are being repurposed and commercialized for quick access to information needed for monitoring patient health,” but their use “as diagnostic tools remains a work in progress.” While “doctors and their patients have found some real-world success in deploying the phone as a medical device, the overall potential …

Cigar Smoking Associated With Increased Risk Of Cancers, Gum Disease, Tooth Loss

HealthDay reports that according to experts, cigars are not better for one’s health relative to cigarettes. HealthDay adds, “By 2022, cigars were the second most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle school and high school students, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moreover, the outlet also …

Number Of People Under Age 20 With Diabetes In The US Appears Likely To Substantially Increase In Future Decades, Data Indicate

CNN  reports, “The number of people under age 20 with type 2 diabetes in the US may increase nearly 675% by 2060 if trends continue, researchers say, with an increase of up to 65% in young people with type 1 diabetes.” The study revealed that “if incidence rates from 2017 …

DIY Dental “Hacks” Continue To Go Viral On TikTok Despite Risks

Fox News reports that “many people have decided to forego the dentist and instead have turned to TikTok for oral care advice,” which “dentists warn can be very dangerous.” The “hashtag #DIYdentist, which has garnered over three million views on TikTok, is filled with videos sharing hacks to get perfect pearly …

Certain Types Of Probiotic Bacteria May Help Address Bad Breath

NBC News reports, “An analysis of previous studies revealed that certain bacteria taken as supplements, including Lactobacillus salivarius and Lactobacillus reuteri, could help freshen breath.” The researchers examined data from seven studies to determine “whether probiotic bacteria might help manage bad breath.” They found the compounds that are associated with bad …

Researchers Say Alcohol Warning Labels Do Not Adequately Inform Consumers About Cancer Risk

The Washington Post  (Blakemore) reports alcohol warning labels “haven’t been updated since the late 1980s,” and “now, researchers say they don’t adequately advertise alcohol consumption’s biggest potential health consequence: cancer, including breast cancer.” In a perspective piece  published in “the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers warn that the labels …

Researchers Say Alcohol Warning Labels Do Not Adequately Inform Consumers About Cancer Risk

The Washington Post (Blakemore) reports alcohol warning labels “haven’t been updated since the late 1980s,” and “now, researchers say they don’t adequately advertise alcohol consumption’s biggest potential health consequence: cancer, including breast cancer.” In a perspective piece published in “the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers warn that the labels are outdated …

Cantrell West Dental & COVID-19IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ!

Thank you for choosing Cantrell West Dental for your care! We can’t wait to see you soon. Oral health is a gateway to your overall health, and your health is our top priority.

I’ve researched and consulted the many scientific resources I have access to as a doctor to address concerns around COVID-19. To keep you safe and smiling, our practice is adhering to the American Dental Association’s guidance for safely providing dental care during this pandemic.

What to Expect

  • Before your appointment, we’ll contact you to check on your current health status regarding COVID-19.
  • We prefer anyone with you to stay in your car except under extenuating circumstances.
  • You will notice that our team is wearing more personal protective equipment (PPE) than you’re used to seeing.
  • You must wear a mask, your temperature will be taken, and you will be asked a series of questions regarding your current health status.
  • Upon leaving, you will put on your mask.
  • Future appointments will be made in the treatment room if at all possible.

If you have any questions, please call me at (501) 664-3279 or email me at drdeems@cantrellwestdental.com.

Thank you for choosing us for your care!

~ Dr. Deems

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