Posts for tag: oral cancer
Oral cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer—it is estimated that one person dies from oral cancer every hour—however, it is one of the most curable forms when it is detected early on.
There are two screening options used to identify oral cancer: OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. OralCDx uses a brushing technique that determines if there are any abnormal cells in your mouth that can develop into cancer cells. Vizilite Plus is the second screening; this screening option detects soft tissue in your mouth that may develop into cancer. It is important to receive an oral cancer screening in order to spot any signs of cancer before it develops into a more dangerous stage.
In order to decrease your risk of oral cancer, you should avoid certain activities including drinking alcohol, smoking, and other tobacco usages. These are not the only things that can lead to oral cancer, however, and in our next blog, Dr. Florian will discuss other signs and symptoms you should be aware of.
Have you been tested for oral cancer?
Have you used your fair share of tobacco products? If so, you may be concerned about your risk of having, or developing, oral cancer. Even if you have not used tobacco products, you should still be concerned about oral cancer. This is because 1/4th of all oral cancer cases occur in someone who has never used tobacco products, and only drank on occasion.
Unfortunately, the ADA reports that approximately 42k American adults will develop oral or throat cancer this year alone. The best way to detect oral cancer early on is to maintain regular dental visits, and receive an oral cancer screening.
Below, Dr. Florian in North Royalton lists several signs and symptoms that are commonly linked to oral cancer. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, you should consider seeing a doctor:
- Swelling in your lips and gums.
- White or red patches, or white and red spotted patches in your mouth.
- Bleeding that cannot be explained by any other logical explanation. If your gums are bleeding, this may be a sign of gum disease, not oral cancer.
- Loss of feeling (numbness) in your face, lips, tongue, or mouth.
- The feeling of something being stuck in the back of your throat.
- Pain or tenderness in your ear.
- A change or shift in your bite.
- Trouble chewing or talking without pain.
If you notice one or more of the above symptoms, you may be showing signs of oral cancer. You should schedule an appointment with a doctor ASAP to receive a professional opinion, and if need be, a treatment plan.
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As you probably already know, smoking cigarettes is one of the worst habits you can develop. Smoking cigarettes can negatively affect your overall and oral health. Strictly in regards to your oral health, smoking can cause discolored teeth, plaque and tartar build up, and can put you at greater risk of oral cancer.
At Royalton Family Dentistry, we want everyone in the North Royalton area to have the best oral and overall health possible. For this reason, Dr. Florian has outlined some common triggers of smoking and things you may want to eliminate in order to stop smoking.
The most common smoking trigger is related to stress. This means that keeping your stress levels under control could help you eliminate a desire to smoke. Some good ways to decrease your levels of stress include listening to relaxing music, doing some yoga, meditating, or receiving a massage.
Another common trigger is consuming alcohol. If this is the case for you, then we recommend staying away from alcohol. If you are going to be in a situation where you want to drink, make sure there are no cigarettes or other tobacco products available to you.
A third, and final trigger for smoking that Dr. Florian will discuss is the desire to smoke after you have a meal. There are many things you can choose to replace cigarettes, including chewing gum, mints, a snack, or maybe a sweet dessert. We recommend finding what will take the edge off of your smoking trigger and enjoy that instead.
If you are serious about quitting, visit smokefree.gov for even more resources.
Have you experienced tooth discoloration or other dental health problem as a result of smoking? If so, contact Dr. Florian today at 440-237-1700 for an appointment to discuss our teeth whitening services.