The Brightest Smile
America’s obsession with pearly white teeth has escalated at lightning speed and shows no signs of slowing any time soon. Teeth whitening procedures are the most requested cosmetic dental procedure in the country, and over-the-counter whitening products rake in more than $1,400,000,000 annually.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman shares his secrets for a million dollar smile at a fraction of the cost -- The Zoom! Whitening procedure is performed in a dental office and uses a hydrogen peroxide - based gel activated by a metal haloid light. It promises to get teeth up to eight shades whiter in only 45 minutes and costs approximately $300 to $400 per visit.
The Link Between Oral Sex and Cancer
Recent studies indicate that oral sex is nine times more likely to cause oral cancers than smoking and drinking combined. The American Cancer Society states that 39 percent of current cases of oral cancers are linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV). The studies prove that oral sex is not a risk-free practice, as HPV is passed through oral and genital contact. Dr. Bill warns, “If you have a sore in your mouth for a more than two weeks and it doesn’t go away, you need to have it looked at and most likely biopsied.”
“Your risk is greatly increased if you’ve had more than six sexual partners in your lifetime,” Dr. Lisa adds.
Experts hope that the latest research will compel the public to be aware of the insidious and ubiquitous nature of HPV, which causes multiple types of cancer. Dr. Bill adds, “Oral cancer is three times more prevalent than cervical cancer.”
Theresa, 42, is proof that oral cancer caused by HPV can strike anyone. “I’m a mother, I’m a waitress, I’m just your average person,” she explains. “I was married for 11 years, I’m not promiscuous. HPV is very common and people need to know that this is a possibility,” she urges.
Detection begins in the dentist chair. “You have to have your dentist examine you for oral cancer,” Dr. Bill stresses. “Did you know that 25 percent of new oral cancer cases are not in high-risk groups?” Dr. Bill demonstrates the VELscope system, a machine that uses a blue light to check for abnormal mucosal tissue in the mouth. He says it’s the best way to detect early signs of oral cancer. Be sure to ask your dentist for it at your next checkup!
Wrap It Up!
Dr. Sears gets wrapped up like a mummy with the hopes that he’ll shed inches in just 45 minutes.
The Suddenly Slimmer body wrap uses bandages soaked in a special mineral solution and promises to remove toxins and shrink fat cells. Dr. Sears' head and body are bound tightly and he’s instructed to bounce on a mini trampoline. He explains that the low impact bouncing helps with lymphatic drainage and because he’s a man, he expects to shed four to eight inches by the end of the treatment!
Cherie, 46, has never liked the look of her cheeks. “When I look in the mirror, all I see are chubby cheeks.” But Dr. Ordon has a solution! He performs a cheek reduction procedure called buccal fat reduction, which he pioneered. The buccal fat in the cheek is accessed and extracted through an incision in the mouth, which creates a more sculpted appearance. The procedure only takes twenty minutes and costs approximately $3,000. “I love it!” Cherie exclaims, “I feel like a different person!”
How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps
Lanre sends in a video question asking how to get rid of his pesky razor bumps. “I’ve tried everything!” he says. Dr. Ordon explains that razor bumps, or folliculitis, are actually ingrown hairs, which get trapped at the base of the follicle and then grow below the skin. The bacteria pool at the base of the follicle shaft and the cycle perpetuates itself. However, Dr. Ordon offers these suggestions:
• Make sure to change your razor blade regularly and use a clean blade
• Soak your razor in alcohol in between uses
• Better yet, use an electric razor
• Ask your doctor for a round of oral and topical antibiotics
• Undergo light and laser treatments
The light and laser treatments are very similar to those used to treat acne. The laser kills the bacteria on the hair shaft as well as at the base of the follicle; Dr. Ordon believes it could make a big difference for Lanre.