How to Perform a Self-Exam for Oral Cancer

Christopher C. Babcock, MD is an oral surgeon who practices at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants located in Louisville, Kentucky. Christopher C. Babcock, MD is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, an organization that advocates for industry professionals and raises awareness for causes that relate to the field such as combatting oral cancer.

Oral and pharyngeal cancer, cancer of the mouth and upper throat, kills around one person every hour of every day of the year. The deathrate of oral and pharyngeal cancer has a relatively high deathrate and only around 60% of people diagnosed will live longer than 5 years. Because of this, it is very important to know how to recognize early signs of this cancer to receive treatment as soon as possible, as this cancer’s deathrate is higher than others due to an overall pattern of late discovery.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends performing a self-exam every month. Using a bright light and a mirror, look and feel the inside of your lips and the front of your gums, then tilt your head back and feel the roof of your mouth. Inspect the inside of your cheeks, the back of your gums, and your tongue. Feel around for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes on both sides of your neck as well as the lower jaw.

Specifically look for white and/or red patches, sores that don’t heal and bleed easily, abnormal lumps, and a mass or lump in the neck. If you are experiencing chronic sore throat, difficulty chewing or swallowing, or find any symptoms above, contact your oral doctor immediately.

Disability Insurance – Types and Benefits

Christopher C. Babcock, MD, DMD, is an experienced dentist and business owner. He founded multiple business ventures, including Babcock Professional Services in 2017. As the company’s owner, Dr. Chris Babcock, MD, focuses on insurance services, especially disability insurance.

Disability insurance is a type of insurance that secures partial income for individuals who become ill or injured and can no longer work. Definitions of disability vary, but most insurance companies offer policies to individuals who can no longer perform their current job or any job at all. Some employers offer disability insurance. In other cases, employees may need to purchase their own insurance policies.

Disability insurance is available in two forms, short-term and long-term. Short-term policies cover several months but may last up to two years. The most common causes of short-term disability claims are pregnancy and musculoskeletal conditions.

Long-term policies provide benefits for years and may cover employees for life. It’s designed for longstanding conditions, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Disability insurance helps individuals when they become financially vulnerable as a result of their illness or injury. Additionally, it can support small business owners by covering their business expenses and loans.

What Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Christopher C. Babcock, MD, is a certified surgeon specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He obtained his DMD degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Chris Babcock, MD, has acquired clinical experience in dental surgery, including wisdom tooth extraction.

In adults, wisdom teeth are four permanent teeth found at the back of the mouth. They are the last teeth that grow and erupt during the late teenage and early adulthood years. In cases when there isn’t enough space for wisdom teeth to erupt, the teeth become impacted.

An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain and infection in the gums. The removal of impacted wisdom teeth prevents complications, such as cyst formation. In some cases, wisdom teeth do not cause any problems but are still removed based on dental recommendations.

Wisdom tooth removal requires anesthesia. Depending on the degree of impaction and the patient’s preference, the dentist can administer local or general anesthetic. The former numbs the gums surrounding the tooth whereas general anesthesia results in complete loss of consciousness.

During the surgical procedure, the dentist makes a small incision in the patient’s gums to locate the wisdom tooth. Once the tooth is accessible, the dentist may divide it into smaller parts to make the extraction process easier.

After removal, the dentist cleans the extraction site carefully to remove any leftover debris. Finally, they may stitch the wound and cover it with gauze to control any bleeding.

Does Insurance Cover Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

An accomplished healthcare professional, Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock holds an MD and a DMD from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock, MD, provides dental implants, extractions, and oral pathology treatment. He is also a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Depending on the provider, the coverage for surgical procedures by insurance plans may vary in the types of procedures and portion of expenses covered. Generally, oral and maxillofacial procedures that are crucial to the patient’s health have higher chances of being covered. For elective or cosmetic treatments, on the other hand, the opposite may be the case.

Oral and maxillofacial procedures that remove cysts or tumors in a patient’s cheeks, oral cavity, or jaw address medical issues that threaten the patient’s health, and are covered by most insurance plans. Also, procedures that help correct structural abnormalities (congenital or acquired) in the jawbone or other parts of the face are considered relevant and are thus included in many insurance plans.

Basically, cosmetic oral surgeries are elective, and most insurance providers do not offer coverage for such procedures. The types of procedures that insurance providers consider to be elective may vary.

Aftercare for Dental Implant Surgery

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Before joining Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants as a staff surgeon, Christopher “Chris” Babcock, DMD led Kentuckiana Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates for more than a decade. Dr. Christopher C. Babcock, DMD possesses decades of experience in restorative oral surgery, such as titanium dental implants.

Titanium implants are replacement teeth composed of a metal base and a ceramic crown. They are durable and can last for decades if cared for properly. The postoperative recovery period can last months, and patients must follow after-care procedures to prevent complications. Patients with certain medical conditions or who have had multiple teeth replaced may go through a longer recovery.

Directly after surgery, patients should rest, stay hydrated, and use an ice pack or medication to reduce swelling and pain. To avoid putting pressure on the implant site, and depending on the type of implant surgery performed, patients shouldn’t blow their noses, use a straw, or brush too harshly. Most patients are advised to follow a soft diet for up to 14 days following surgery. A daily rinse with salt water can also reduce inflammation.

Benefits of Hybrid Life and Disability Insurance Plans

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Oral surgeon Christopher C. Babcock, DMD, has worked in dental practices in Louisville, Kentucky, for more than 15 years. In addition to his work in dentistry, Dr. Christopher C. (Chris) Babcock, DMD, is a representative of and advocate for disability and life insurance plans that replace income lost due to an injury or illness.

Life insurance and disability insurance plans are advised for working individuals who have family members dependent on their income. Both plans are essential for creating financial security in case of a debilitating injury or death. Some companies offer hybrid plans that combine features of life insurance and disability insurance.

One example is a plan that includes permanent life insurance and long-term care coverage. In this policy, premiums cover a death benefit while accruing a cash value. Maximum long-term care coverage is calculated as a multiple of the premium.

If the policyholder requires 24-hour support due to an injury or illness, the long-term care coverage kicks in and covers the costs, up to the maximum allowance. Other hybrid forms combine life insurance with a critical illness plan. Under these plans, individuals diagnosed with illnesses such as cancer, heart attack, or severe head trauma, receive a lump sum.

Dentist Visits Key to Early Oral Cancer Diagnosis

Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock holds both an MD and DMD, as well as state licenses in dentistry, anesthesia, and oral/maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Christopher C. Babcock has worked at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants since 2018, where he performs extractions and oral pathology exams for issues such as cancer.

Dentists are front-line professionals when it comes to oral cancer screenings and diagnostics. Many oral cancers go undetected since many of the symptoms are similar to those associated with toothaches or mild infections. Survival rates decline steeply as cancer progresses. For this reason, people with an elevated risk of developing oral cancers (including previous oral HPV infection or frequent tobacco use) should schedule annual screenings during their dental visits.

Most people will go through a basic exam where the dentist looks for superficial changes to the oral tissues. This type of exam may also be performed with a laser. If abnormal cells are detected, the dentist may perform a more in-depth exam, which can include a biopsy or the use of a special dye. The dentist can also discuss ways to mitigate the risk of developing oral cancer.

Louisville Dental Society’s Donated Dental Services Program

Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock holds both an MD and DMD, having earned the latter from the University of Louisville, where he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dentistry honor society. Christopher C. Babcock, MD, specializes in oral and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery and is affiliated with several professional associations, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the Louisville Dental Society (LDS).

The LDS unites dentists, oral surgeons, and other oral health professionals and coordinates pro-bono programs that deliver dental care to underserved Kentucky residents. The LDS is one of thousands of dental associations nationwide offering the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.

First established in 1985, the DDS program enables economically-\ disadvantaged seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups to access medically necessary oral health treatment. The program was created to fill the gap for people with Medicare or Medicaid policies, which do not provide dental coverage. Under the DDS program, more over 15,000 professionals have delivered dental care to more than 100,000 people.

Finding Reduced-Fee Dentistry for Your Child

Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock is an accomplished healthcare professional who holds medical and dental degrees. Since 2018, Dr. Christopher C. Babcock, MD, has practiced at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Babcock is also a member of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Established in 1859, the ADA operates as a non-profit organization and represents a membership base of 163,000 dentists. The ADA’s consumer website, MouthHealthy.org, provides helpful information to the public through learning resources and dental-related articles that offer advice on a range of topics, including how to find low-cost dental care for children.

The MouthHealthy.org site also recommends free dental services for children that are offered through the Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program. This program provides children with free dental education, screenings, and procedures administered by volunteer dental professionals.

Parents are encouraged to find affordable dental services for their children by calling the Insure Kids Now hotline, which can be reached at 1.877.KIDS.NOW. This hotline provides the names of dental clinics that participate in reduced-cost care programs, including Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP).

Membership Benefits with AAOMS

Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock earned his medical degree (MD) and doctor of dental medicine (DMD) from the University of Louisville. Christopher C. Babcock, MD, serves as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. Dr. Babcock is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

Focused on research, education, and advocacy, AAOMS supports and represents over 9,000 American oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Membership with the organization provides a range of benefits including receiving reduced subscription rates on multiple industry publications and discounted pricing on registration for the AAOMS annual meeting and allied staff programs. Members are also invited to obtain professional liability insurance offered by the OMS National Insurance Company.

AAOMS members receive guidance in a range of areas including credentialing and practice management, and gain access to free business tools including the AAOMS Career Line. In addition, members have their names listed in the annual AAOMS Membership Directory to promote their practices, enabling patients and dental clinics to identify them more easily.