Covid-19 Health Update

Acadia Family Dentistry considers the health and safety of our patients and staff as our highest priority. We have implemented some additional precautionary measures apart from the universal precautions to ensure the health and well-being of everyone. Some of these measures are:
  • Scheduling high-risk patients at designated times
  • Subjecting all patients to a temperature scan at the entrance to ensure their temperatures are below 100.4 degrees.
  • Disinfecting reception room, check-in and check-out countertops and bathrooms every hour, and wiping doorknobs and sinks with disinfectant regularly.
  • Hydrogen peroxide rinses provided before treatment begins.
  • All patients will call to notify staff of their arrivals and wait in the car until they are ready to be seen.
  • Removing magazines, toys, and non-essential items from the reception room.
  • Practicing social distancing: which includes no handshaking and hugging.

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Thibodaux, LA dentist performs oral cancer screenings

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Did you know that 1 in 100 Americans will be diagnosed oral or oropharyngeal cancer at some point within their lifetime? For patients diagnosed with mouth cancers, the chances of surviving are higher the earlier it is caught, which is why Dr. Le performs routine oral cancer screenings for Thibodaux, LA area patients at Acadia Family Dentistry.

Risk factors for oral cancer

Certain people are at a higher risk of developing oral or pharynx cancers, but it can strike anyone at any age, which is why screenings are important. Risk factors that make it more likely to develop oral cancer include:

  • Tobacco use, including smoking or chewing tobacco products
  • Sun exposure, particularly on your lips
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
  • Older age
  • Gender – males are more likely to get oral cancer
  • Fair skin
  • Compromised immune system

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer

Many patients are unaware that they have oral cancer developing, or the traditional signs and symptoms are not noticeable. Common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Sores in your mouth or on a lip that do not heal over time
  • Lumps or thickened tissues
  • Red or white patches on the soft tissues (such as the gums, tongue, or mouth lining)
  • The feeling that something is stuck in your throat that won’t go away
  • Change in your voice or hoarseness
  • Numbness, pain, or bleeding that doesn’t have a clear cause

Some of the above symptoms can also be due to other underlying conditions, so seeking a professional diagnosis is the best way to identify the cause.

Oral cancer screenings: what to expect

Oral cancer screenings are quick and painless. First, Dr. Le performs a visual inspection of the inside and outside of your mouth, including your lips, inside of your cheeks, tongue, gums, floor and roof of the mouth, and throat. Then, using gloved hands, she will check the inside of your mouth for any suspicious areas that might not be visible but can be felt. The whole process only takes a few moments and can be done at your regular preventive care visit, making it an easy and convenient way to get screened regularly.

To schedule your check-up and oral cancer screening, call Acadia Family Dentistry in Thibodaux, LA today! Our office can be reached at (985) 303-2920.

Dr. Nhu Le, DMD

Dr. Nhu Le, DMD - Acadia Family Dentistry

Dr. Nhu Le believes that her patients deserve the best dental care and treats them like family.

She attended high school in Iowa, obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, graduated from dental school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, and completed her General Practice Residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She worked for a group practice in Orlando, Florida for three years before moving to Southeast Louisiana and to New Orleans. She is currently following dental curriculum at Kois Center.

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