Dr. Mark A. Marion

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Zelienople, PA 16063

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How Gum Disease Sneaks Up On You

How Gum Disease Sneaks Up On You

by Shearly (SU)
There may be a killer lurking in plain view, and much closer than you might think. Quite literally, right under our noses. Gum disease, an infection of the soft tissues that surround the teeth, is usually painless. And while many people are aware that they need to eat right, exercise and care for their bodies, they may not recognize the often-subtle symptoms caused by gum disease. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) though, 64.7 million Americans have mild to moderate or even severe gum disease (In patients aged 65 and older, the numbers jump to as much as 70% of the population). That is why it’s so important to be aware of gum disease and how it can sneak up on you.

Whiten Your Smile and Help a Child (Smiles for Life Organization)

Whiten Your Smile and Help a Child (Smiles for Life Organization)

by Shearly (SU)
At Marion Smile Center, we believe in paying it forward and giving back to those in need. That’s why we teamed up with the renowned Smiles for Life organization. Smiles for Life is a non-profit that has been improving the smiles of disabled, seriously ill, or underprivileged children at local and international levels.

How do OTC Medications Affect Your Teeth?

How do OTC Medications Affect Your Teeth?

by Shearly (SU)
If you are like most people, you may not give much thought when picking out your usual over the counter (OTC) medication for allergy relief, to treat a cough or cold, or for help with a headache. Although most medications are completely safe when used as directed, some do pose a real hazard to the health of your teeth.

The Dangers of at Home Teeth Whitening

The Dangers of at Home Teeth Whitening

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Popular over-the-counter dental whitening kits may be inexpensive, but they can cost you in the long run because they can cause irreparable damage to the enamel and roots of your teeth. One of the most common side effects of at home dental whitening is that of tooth sensitivity, which can be severe.

Oral Cancer is a Killer: Early Detection Saves Lives

Oral Cancer is a Killer: Early Detection Saves Lives

by Shearly (SU)
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone. Of those, just over half are expected to still be alive in five years. As with all forms of cancer, the earlier it is diagnosed or the earlier potential symptoms are found, the higher the chances for survival. Survival rates for oral cancer have risen in the last decade. Oral cancer is part of a class of cancer commonly known as head and neck cancers, and make up about 85% of all cancers within that group. The rate of death for this kind of cancer is in large part attributed to the fact that it is often discovered quite late in its development. Dentists, using routine dental screenings are on the front lines of those who can spot oral cancer at an early stage, before it has a chance to metastasize to deeper structures of the head and throat, such as the lymph glands.