Our team at the Georgia Dental Group did the CIBC Run for the Cure last weekend to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
New location, hours, staff & equipment have come to Georgia Dental…
The new Georgia Dental Group is open to patients on the Northeast corner of Georgia and Bute on the ground floor. New operatories with new equipment and new staff joining our practice will make Georgia Dental Group more accessible and more capable than ever before.
NEW EXTENDED HOURS:
Georgia Dental Group is excited to welcome Dr. Monica Mangat, Pam and Valerie as scheduling coordinators, Amanda H as our newest Hygienist and Libby, our newest Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
Unfortunately, Dr. Scammell, who joined Georgia Dental Group in 2012, is retiring. We wish him all the luck in the world as he goes on to enjoy his retirement with his family.
Here is a statement from Dr. Scammell on moving on:
Dear Patients and Friends,
It is with careful thought and consideration that I have decided to officially retire from dentistry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued trust and confidence in allowing me to care for your dental needs through the years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my many years in practice mainly due to a wonderful family of patients and caring staff members.
It gives me great comfort to know that my patients and staff have been and will continue to be so well looked after in the hands of Dr. Brian Baird. I believe these last 2 ½ years of transition has proven that you remain valued, welcomed and have received excellent dental care.
Dr. Baird graduated from UBC Dental School in 1999 and established Georgia Dental in 2001. He is a skilled practitioner with a true passion for dentistry and puts his heart and soul into his daily practice. He is committed to continuing to provide patients with individual care and attention. I am proud to entrust the care of my valued patients, friends and my family to Dr. Baird.
Thank you again for your confidence and years of loyalty. I will miss you all very much. If you have any questions, please contact the office and Sherri or another staff member will be happy to assist you.
Dr. Ronald Scammell
Life can get busy, and you may not have noticed that April was Oral Cancer Awareness month. We understand. Too often we don’t make the connection between a bright happy smile and oral cancer prevention. Having Oral Cancer Awareness month helps us to communicate how important oral health care is in protecting you from an otherwise preventable form of cancer. Now, as we head into May, let’s start doing something about it. Book your appointment today with Dr. Baird to help detect this often fatal condition early.
It’s early detection, after all, that helps save people’s lives. At Georgia Dental we care about your health and believe dental care is all about prevention and the oral cancer examination is truly the foundation of good oral health. Accompanied with a routine dental visit, it is fast, easy, and painless – and it could save YOUR life.
The Canadian Cancer Society states that three people die from oral cancer every day in Canada. In fact, Oral cancer has a lower five year survival rate, than the survival rates of breast, cervical and prostate cancer. But, given that the potential for death is significantly reduced if cancer is detected early, making treatment easier, it can be less invasive and more than 90% curable. The Cancer Society estimates that by end of 2015:
Some contributing risk factors of oral cancer are age and excessive alcohol and tobacco use, and more recent studies also indicate that infection of the oral cavity can come from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Oral cancer refers to to all cancers of your mouth, which includes the following:
Most oral cancers are located on the sides of the tongue, floor of the mouth, and lips. It can start in the cells of the mouth despite these cells normally being quite resistant to damage. But repeated injury from the leading risk factors like smoking, alcohol, HPV from oral sex, or even abrasive friction may cause sores and painful areas where cancer can start.
As widespread as oral cancer is, it still does remain very preventable. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that Canadians of all ages be checked for oral cancer on an annual basis in order to keep their smiles more than healthy and bright, but also cancer-free. Good oral health is a team effort and we need you to participate with us in your dental health care to ensure you maintain a healthy mouth. It starts with a personal commitment to brush and floss your teeth daily, and to come see us on a regular basis. Help us help you!
Oral cancer checks are a simple, painless process that only takes a few minutes. These checks can usually happen along with a routine visual and physical oral examination. Dr Baird will examine your mouth using a safe fluorescent visualization scope. This helps identify any potential lesions that could be cancerous or unhealthy. This method produces a wavelength of light that’s shone into the mouth, where it activates tissue fluorophores (naturally-occurring fluorescent chemicals) that emit a blue fluorescent characteristic. When viewed through filters that detect non-fluorescent tissue, the tissue appears as a dark area and should be examined more thoroughly.
A yearly oral cancer check is as essential to your peace of mind in preventing oral cancer as a yearly physical is an essential part of your health care. It’s important to be aware of the possible symptoms associated with this pervasive and often overlooked cancer risk:
We are here to help and want the best for you and your oral health. Let’s work together to maintain a healthy mouth and even more importantly, a bright and happy smile.
Come visit us soon!