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Dr. Alan Snodgrass, DDS
4305 NE Thurston Way
Vancouver, WA 98662-6655
(360) 514-9212

Laser Canker Sore Treatment

Canker Sores, or Aphthous stomatitis, are common. Most people will experience their pain. At Thurston Oaks Dental, Dr. Snodgrass can help reduce this pain and induce healing with the use of a laser. There are many types of dental lasers for various needs; they are an amazing dental tool.

What are canker sores?

Laser Canker Sore Treatment - Mouth and gums with laser treatment device.Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that can be painful. They can be caused by a variety of things, their exact cause is unknown. Some can be caused by stress or injury and certain foods including citrus or acidic (such as oranges, lemons, pineapples, tomatoes, apples, figs, and strawberries), have been attributed to triggering a canker sore. Sometimes a sharp tooth or even dental work, like braces or ill-fitting dentures, may trigger canker sores. Even body triggers such as an allergy or menstrual cycle (due to hormones) can induce them.

Laser Treatment for Canker Sores

Laser for Canker Sore TreatmentUsing a diode laser stops the discomfort of apthous ulcers, or canker sores, in their tracks. By using this laser treatment, Dr. Snodgrass is able to seal the nerve endings, giving you immediate relief from burning or pain. Additionally, it encourages quicker healing. This laser does not cause discomfort for the patient, it is not a freezing technique, but a warmth on the site. The sore is treated until it is no longer sore, we will ask you about your pain level as it decreases, it is how we know that the healing has begun. You should feel significantly better by the next day.

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September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
Connie recently completed another whole body scan to monitor her thyroid cancer. I really enjoy connecting with others online who have been through this journey and wanted to share some facts.

• Thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in both men and women. It is the most common endocrine cancer.
• It occurs in all age groups, mainly adults. It affects about three times as many women as men.
• There are several types—papillary, follicular, medullary, anaplastic, and variants.
• Thyroid cancer is one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence in recent years. It has become the 5th most common cancer in women.
• About 56,460 people, including 43,210 women and 13,250 men, will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2012 in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. About 1,000 women and 780 men (1,780 total) will die of thyroid cancer in 2012.
Signs to discuss with your physician
• You feel a lump in your neck, or your doctor or dentist may notice a nodule in your neck during a routine checkup. Most of these thyroid nodules are benign (noncancerous).
• Some people first notice lymph node swellings, fullness in the neck, voice changes, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.SM •

Thurston Oaks Dental

4305 NE Thurston Way, Suite A
Vancouver, WA 98662
Phone: (360) 514-9212
Thurston Oaks Dental    4305 NE Thurston Way, Suite A, Vancouver, WA 98662    (360) 514-9212

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