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Cancer And Dental Health

Posted on 9/11/2023 by Office
Cancer And Dental Health Oral cancer can occur either on the lips, tongue, roof of the mouth, gums, or the inner lining of the cheeks. However, other cancers in the body could have detrimental effects on your oral cavity.

Warning Signs Of Mouth Or Oral Cancer

Sores that fail to heal even after having done all the treatments are one of the common symptoms of oral cancer. Also, if you do notice red or white patches inside the mouth, it may be time to get screened for oral cancer. Factors that aggravate the growth of the HPV virus in the mouth are smoking, alcohol consumption, and overall poor oral hygiene. The best prevention strategy you can use is to maintain regular dental checkups. This will allow our doctors to spot any abnormalities in your oral cavity that warrant attention.

Effects Of Cancer Treatment On Oral Health

Cancer treatments and especially radiation and chemotherapy may result in oral complications. For instance, you may experience a dry mouth, sores, or infections. In the case of a dry mouth, the production of saliva is greatly inhibited. Saliva serves two very important functions in the mouth. It neutralizes acid and harmful bacteria. As such, drinking a lot of water to keep the mouth hydrated and clean may help reduce the side effects.

Chemotherapy also causes mucositis. Mucositis is a condition in which the mucous membranes are ulcerated which causes inflammation. Mucositis results in difficulty while eating due to pain and also increases the chances of other oral cavity infections. Head and neck cancer may directly affect the oral cavity and other body parts near the affected region. In general terms, the suppression of the immune system can make you more susceptible to infections.

Safeguarding Against Oral Cavity Cancer

Limit the amount of exposure to the sun, especially for the lips. Too much sun exposure can cause an overgrowth of cells leading to cancer. Do away with tobacco consumption by all means. As for alcohol, drinking in moderation could help to a certain degree. However, if you are able to stop drinking altogether the greater the benefits. Alcohol and tobacco both irritate the cells in the mouth and expose you to cancer-causing chemicals that only work to your detriment. We are available 24/7 to take care of all your dental needs. Reach out to us today.

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