5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

Posted on January 5, 2018

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Dental Checkups Are Not Just About Cavities

At David A. Rice, DDS we urge people to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning.  If you avoid biannual dental checkups because you don’t believe you have any cavities, perhaps getting an oral cancer screening is a more compelling reason to see your dentist regularly. (While your dentist is checking for oral cancer, we encourage you to have a thorough dental evaluation as well!)

In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have attracted a lot of public attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States. If you smoke or have acquired HPV, you have a higher risk for developing oral cancer.

At David A. Rice, DDS, we work to raise awareness of oral cancer and the significance of early diagnosis. Courtesy of the CDC, Oral Cancer Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, here are 5 vital things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

1. About 80% of individuals with oral cancer use some variety of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).

2. 40% of men and women who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.

3. In many cases, it is extremely challenging for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce inconspicuous symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be analyzed by a dentist or doctor.

4. HPV (the most frequent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the many strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most regularly linked to oropharyngeal cancer.

5. Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

Sources:
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/oral_health/oral_cancer_and_tobacco_85,P00900/

HPV / Oral Cancer Facts


https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/conditions/index.html

 

Contact David A. Rice, DDS: 847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable

Posted on December 22, 2017

Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable in Elgin

To state the obvious, nobody enjoys pain. Dr. Rice knows this, and that is why the dental team at David A. Rice, DDS have made patient comfort our top priority.

In conjunction with creating a calm environment, we have various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.

Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in dentist offices are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can limit the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.

Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to individual areas of the mouth. Dentists typically numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or doing cosmetic dentistry procedures.
More involved dental procedures may call for nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sleep dentistry and oral conscious sedation.

Dentists generally recommend an OTC analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
Because your dentist will possibly administer a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the procedure, make sure you bring a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.

 

 

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847-741-2353

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1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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You Have Nothing To Lose Except Loose Dentures

Posted on December 15, 2017

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Today’s dental technology has solved the problem of annoying loose-fitting dentures with a phenomenal tooth replacement option.

Instead of relying on your tongue, weak suction, and dental adhesive to keep false teeth in place, dental implant posts make sure your full or partial dentures stay put. This makes it easier for you to do things like eat an apple, chew a thick sandwich, or laugh confidently.

If you are missing a single tooth, many teeth, or all of your teeth, we invite you to learn more about innovative implant-anchored dentures.

Dental implants anchor either removable or fixed dentures. Due to the way each tooth space is accurately fitted with a beautiful restoration, implants commonly fit better than traditional dentures. Dentures anchored with implant posts are comfortable, functional, and attractive.

Call Dr. David Rice at David A. Rice, DDS ( 847-741-2353) for an appointment to talk about industry-leading implant-anchored dentures. We focus our efforts on complete patient satisfaction. Each member of our comfortable team is dedicated to providing each patient with personal attention and the highest standard of care. Our patients enjoy our relaxed atmosphere while benefitting from our state-of-the art technology and extensive experience.

Whether you are interested in sedation dentistry, dentures or porcelain veneers, call 847-741-2353 to schedule an appointment. We are located at 1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1 in Elgin.

 

 

Contact David A. Rice, DDS: 847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Beautiful Teeth For Your Every Emotion

Posted on December 8, 2017

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If you are looking for a dentist that will serve you with a smile and help keep your teeth ready for a smile at a moment’s notice, we invite you to schedule a consultation at David A. Rice, DDS in Elgin.

Dr. Rice and the caring dental team at David A. Rice, DDS has been cleaning, restoring and improving smiles in Elgin, Illinois since 1986. We do find that patients are interested in more than clean teeth and healthy gums, though these are certainly important priorities.

We provide a wide variety of state-of-the art cosmetic dental services for our patients. Our dental services include but are not limited to restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, general dentistry, and dentures.

If it’s not a mega-watt celebrity smile you’re looking for, then perhaps we could interest you in a more serious professional look or a sly half grin. If your frown’s getting you down, even when your teeth have been cleaned, let us help you achieve the look that will make you proud to smile. We can meet your needs and answer your questions:

How much do braces cost in Wayne?
What is that pain when I chew?
Do I need a crown?
Can I straighten my teeth without braces?
What can be done with this chipped tooth?
Am I a candidate for veneers?
How does a dental bridge work?
What is the cost of dental implants?
Will my insurance pay for porcelain crowns?

Dr. David Rice is passionate about providing powerful improvements to your smile which will polish your professional presentation, strengthen your confidence in the relationship realm, and increase your joy in life’s simple pleasures. When your questions involve cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or teeth whitening, you can count on Dr. Rice to have the answers and deliver them with a smile.

 

Contact David A. Rice, DDS: 847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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St Charles IL Looks For Red Carpet-Caliber Smiles

Posted on December 1, 2017

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When you see pics of your favorite stars, do you ever wonder how these men and women can project such perfection? Can ordinary folks ever achieve anything approaching celebrity-caliber attractiveness?

When it comes to remarkable smiles, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” There many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available that can produce dramatic results. Complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers combine various procedures to transform your smile. These are the same procedures used by cosmetic dentists that serve the Hollywood A list.

A common and economical procedure is teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Many drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your cosmetic dental practice can recommend an effective one, or they may offer in-office bleaching. This is the quickest way to whiten your teeth, sometimes in less than an hour.

If you suffer from missing teeth, most Elgin cosmetic dentists will recommend dental implants. A dental implant is placed directly in the jaw bone. This provides strength, natural appearance and function, and comfort. It can also protect against the bone recession that is common with a missing tooth.

Veneers, which are custom-made for each patient, are designed to cover the front of the teeth. These are useful for patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth.

Bonding, enamel shaping, gum contouring, and braces are other important procedures that can be employed by your cosmetic dentist to help your teeth look their best.

I’m Dr. David Rice of David A. Rice, DDS in Elgin. If you are looking for premium dental care in the Elgin area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 847-741-2353.

 

At David A. Rice, DDS, we offer sedation dentistry, dentures, porcelain veneers, and general dentistry.

Call for your appointment today!

 

Contact David A. Rice, DDS: 847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Dental Sealant Q & A

Posted on November 24, 2017

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Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most pediatric dentists and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.

A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can cut down the risk of decay by 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Your dentist applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is speedy, manageable and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to your dentist about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still essential to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.

Need to schedule a dental checkup? Call David A. Rice, DDS for a family or cosmetic dentistry appointment. We offer teeth whitening, dental implants, cleanings and more.

 

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Cost of a Dental Crown In Elgin

Posted on November 17, 2017

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Preparing to pay for essential dental work can be a daunting task. The good news is that the cost may be far less than you anticipate. Knowing your needs is crucial to planning your budget for dental work.

Trying to Compare

Comparing prices can be difficult because it depends on the individual patient’s needs. We’ll help you understand the role insurance will play in the out-of-pocket-expense for your dental visit. Questions? Call David A. Rice, DDS at 847-741-2353. Our understanding staff can explain pricing and schedule initial consultation appointments.

Identify Affordable Quality

David Rice DDS has been here since 1986. While procedure fees can fluctuate up and down depending on the price of supplies, equipment, and staffing overhead, Dr. Rice works hard to provide consistently affordable, quality care for our unique community. Here are three ways we do this:

  1. Through state-of-the-art training and up-to-date education
  2. Through precision work and personal dental care for each and every patient.
  3. Through business management best practices to keep costs down.

The Responsible Investment
Take the responsible step for your comfort, health and confidence. Don’t be afraid to schedule work for porcelain veneers, restorative dentistry, sedation dentistry, general dentistry, or dentures. We want you to be confident that affordable, quality dental care is manageable and accessible. We want you to understand the importance of immediate care rather than putting it off until it gets worse. Review our website at https://www.ricedds.com/ and build that confidence. We want you to be confident in our office’s commitment to you.

 

Contact David A. Rice, DDS: 847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Let’s Talk About It

Posted on November 10, 2017

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Hello, I’m Dr. Rice of David A. Rice, DDS in Elgin. I am devoted to enhancing smiles through cosmetic dentistry. Few physical improvements have such a significant impact on attractiveness and self-confidence as a smile makeover. Excellent oral health and a beautiful smile contribute to overall physical health and a high quality of life.

If you have ever wondered how cosmetic dentistry could change your life, I invite you to schedule a consultation so we can talk about it. I believe that the initial consultation is the most important part of any treatment plan. During your no-pressure smile makeover consultation we will explore the following issues:

  • Your goals for how you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
  • The status of your oral health.
  • The individual aspects of your teeth and gums that you wish to repair.
  • Which particular treatments are needed.
  • A detailed explanation of each needed procedure (e.g. porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, braces, or teeth whitening).
  • You can see before and after pictures of smile redesign patients.
  • Your options for how to schedule the care (all at once or over time).
  • Information about oral conscious sedation.
  • Answers to any questions or concerns.
  • Cosmetic dentistry rates and financing options.

Your sensational smile begins with an exam and consultation; give us a call at 847-741-2353.

 

Contact David A. Rice, DDS: 847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Smile More, Live Better

Posted on November 3, 2017

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If you feel that you have an unattractive smile, you probably don’t smile very often. Perhaps you make a calculated effort to avoid smiling in social and professional settings.

Do you think frequent smiling has a compelling effect on your life? You bet it does.

In addition to simply making us happier, smiling improves our quality of life in a host of ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to validate this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile on your face.

2. Smiling Reduces Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that lessen your stress level.

3. Smiling Advances Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to benefit from more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have shown several ways smiling can improve the chance of a positive outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling influences your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Authentic smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, represent honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile?

Even small cosmetic changes can yield dramatic improvements in the attractiveness of your smile. At David A. Rice, DDS, we offer everything from tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers. Let’s highlight the possibilities for your smile. Call 847-741-2353 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

Sources:
Horn P.W. Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelmik, Rick K. Wilson, “The value of a smile: Game theory with a human face, “ScienceDirect, October 2001, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487001000599, accessed April 4, 2017
Ronald E. Reggio, PhD, “There’s Magic in Your Smile,” Psychology Today, June 25, 2012, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile, accessed April 4, 2017
“10 Hidden Benefits of Smiling,” Psyblog, http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-hidden-benefits-of-smiling.php, accessed April 4, 2017

 

Contact David A. Rice, DDS: 847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

Posted on October 27, 2017

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of our dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes say they can lighten your teeth, it’s natural to think about changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This generally results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of dentists offer quick in-office teeth whitening procedures that can typically illuminate your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using revolutionary cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, gum contouring, St Charles IL dentists are helping patients get the marvelous look they desire.

Hi, I’m Dr. David Rice, a dentist based in Elgin. If you are looking for quality dental care in the area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 847-741-2353..

Call for your appointment today!

 

Contact David A. Rice, DDS: 847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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  • Dr. Rice, Just a few words to let you know how my dental visit was. This was my first visit with Dr. Rice, and staff. I was a bit apprehensive, but soon found out about there professional way in which I was not only treated, but I also found out, how much they cared about my personal health. Dr. Rice ever so calm, and understanding about your fear. If I have to do it over and choose a Dentist, or suggest to a friend, it would be Dr. Rice. He followed up with a phone call that evening, of my extraction of a wisdom tooth, and was concerned. For that I thank you! I hope I will not need him for anything in the near future, but his phone# is now in my memory dial. Regards, J.E. Small A 5 star Rating
    —J.E. Small
  • I’ve heard about oral sedation and had no idea how relaxed I’d be but really don’t remember anything other than sitting down in the chair. When they told me I was through, I felt so refreshed like I’d just finished a great nap.

    Scott B.

    —Scott B.
  • When my daughter told me I could nap while I had all the dental work I needed done, I thought she was teasing! Dr. Rice has proven to me that dental visits can be relaxing and I’m so glad I found him. I have two new bridges and porcelain crowns and feel like I look twenty years younger!

    Jean W.

    —Jean W.
  • I’m not fearful when it comes to dentistry, but my schedule doesn’t allow much time out of the office. Dr. Rice suggested oral sedation so we could combine several appointments into one, which worked out great. I wasn’t fatigued or drained at all after a 6 hour appointment and was thrilled with the results!

    Kelly B.

    —Kelly B.
  • I thought I’d never get over the trauma of having painful dental treatment as a teen. My teeth were in horrible shape and I couldn’t even bring myself to make an appointment. When I learned Dr. Rice could do my dentistry while I had twilight sleep, I at least wanted to talk to him. That’s all it took. He’s so kind and I immediately knew he would be the one who could help me get over my fears. Now, I’m so much better. Looking back, it all seems so silly but all I know is that my smile looks a million times better!

    Maureen S.

    —Maureen S.
  • The best thing about I.V. sedation is not remembering anything about my dental visit. After years of dreading everything about dental visits, Dr. Rice finally gave me a way to be there without even knowing it! My smile looks great now and I feel better knowing my mouth is finally healthy.

    Shannon C.

    —Shannon C.
  • Dr. Rice and Staff~

    I appreciate the wonderful treatment I have received while I was getting my dental work completed. You are knowledgeable, friendly, concerned and so is your staff.

    Sincerely,

    Kathy S.
    Elgin

    —Kathy S.
  • Dr. Rice~

    I would like to thank you for extracting my poor tooth and a wonderful repair and new addition to my denture. I found you to be very kind, honest and caring person with a good chair side manner. I found your staff very friendly and they made me feel very welcomed and relaxed. I look forward to your services in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Alexandra L.
    Huntley

    —Alexandra L.
  • Thank you so much for giving me such a beautiful smile. I had not realized how self-conscience I had become over the look of my front teeth. Now I’m confident that my smile looks great! Also thank you for your enormous generosity! I truly appreciate it!

    Thanks again,

    Diane C.
    Schaumburg

    —Diana C.
  • Dear Dr. Rice and Shannon~

    Thanks so much for saving my smile. I am so grateful that you were willing to come into the office on your day off to help me.

    Sincerely,

    Marita S.
    Elgin

    —Marita S.
  • I always leave Dr. Rice's office feeling I've had the best up-to-date dental care possible. All questions are completely answered. Oral hygienists working in his practice routinely share the results of the newest studies in dental care. Dr. Rice has been my dentist for 22 years. He has seen me through root canals, crown work, old filling replacement, and repair of chipped teeth. I cannot imagine going to another dentist.

    Suzanne M.
    Hampshire

    —Suzanne M.
  • Excellent and professional care is given by the entire Rice Team, from receptionist, hygienist assistant, hygienist to the Doctor

    Wendy W.
    Lake In The Hills

    —Wendy W.
  • I have been a patient of Dr. Rice for 15 years or more and find him and his staff to be excellent with their skill and chair-side manner. I never feel pressured to purchase services/treatments, that said it is their obligation to advise me on what is available. I feel that people need to remember that...just because the doctor tells you about options and how much those options cost does not mean they are trying to take advantage of you or trying to upsell you. I have never felt a hard sell approach from anyone in the office for anything. I have referred people to doctor Rice and will continue to do so because of his top notch dental care and his educational approach to dentistry.

    Julie P.
    Arlington Heights

    —Julie P.
  • Dear Dr. Rice

    My deepest, heartfelt thank you for your generous and kind “dental” donation to the poverty stricken people of Haiti. My MISSION TRIP is June 12-June 15 and I am so honored and blessed to be able to take the toothbrushes, tooth paste and floss that you so generously donated. I appreciate Chandra’s help and I look forward to sharing my “story” when I come in for my appointment in June. God Bless! Thank You!

    Sincerely,
    Mary A.
    Elgin

    —Mary A.
  • Dear Dr. Rice,

    Thank you so much for the dental work and teeth cleaning that was done on Christopher last week. I was greatly appreciated. Also, you have a great staff!

    Sincerely,
    Pat H.

    —Pat H.

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