April Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Since over 45,000 people will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year, we urge you to see us if you haven’t had a dental exam in a while.  When cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems can be reduced.

Regular oral cancer examinations can help detect oral cancer in its early stages. Dental visits can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.

According to the American Dental Association here is a list of signs and symptoms you should be aware of in relation to your oral health, especially if they last more than two weeks:

  • a sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • red or white patches
  • pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
  • a lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

If you notice any of these changes, please call our office immediately to set up an appointment.  Don’t ignore any suspicious lumps or sores that last more than two weeks. Prompt examination could make a difference.

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Preventing Oral Cancer

There are many ways to help prevent developing oral cancer.  Some of the things you can do is practicing good oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and limiting the amount of sweets you eat. Also you might consider regulating your consumption of alcohol, smoking and chewing tobacco and limiting your exposure to the sun. Visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check up will help in prevention.

You might want to consider increasing your intake of folic acid. According to the American Dental Association, women especially that consume folate, which is a water-soluble B vitamin, may protect themselves from developing oral cancer. Some of the food that are rich in folate and B vitamins are leafy green vegetable, beans and peas, and citrus fruits and juices. There are many foods that contain folic acid which is a synthetic form of folate. These include grains, breads, flours, corn meals, cereals, rice, and pasta to name a few.

So besides using good dental hygiene, consider improving your diet. Call us at Brogdon Dental to schedule your next cleaning and oral check up.

Dehydration and Oral Health

Although summer may be coming to a close, temperatures continue to soar in to the upper 90’s. The end of summer has many students heading back to school.  With the beginning of the new school year brings the start of high school athletics. Many kids will participate in practices, especially football, in the late afternoon heat after classes. The need to maintain adequate hydration is essential, especially considering the many problems it can cause. Failure to drink enough fluids before physical activity can result in serious issues.

One of the first warning signs of dehydration is dry mouth.  You may find that you have trouble swallowing, and others may notice that you have bad breath, which is one of the problems associated with a dry mouth.  If your mouth is not producing enough saliva it can become an breeding ground for bacteria. This bacteria causes infections that may lead to cavities and gingivitis.

We need sufficient saliva in our mouths to wash away food debris and reduce plaque, which is why severe tooth decay and gum disease can occur if dry mouth is left untreated. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 30 percent of all tooth decay in older adults is caused by dry mouth. (www.toothwisdom.org)

Besides drinking plenty of water and brushing and flossing daily; chewing sugar free gum or sucking on sugar free mints can help fight dry mouth since they stimulates saliva production. Products that contain xylitol (a sugar substitute) can actually help prevent cavities.

As the temperatures still continue to rise, keep a check on your hydration. If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Experts recommend at least a gallon (eight 8-ounce glasses) of water per day. Dehydration effects every part of your body including your oral health. Keep drinking water.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we want to remind everyone that now is the time to visit your Dentist for your regular exam. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, Approximately 48,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it.

Oral Cancer Month

An oral cancer screening is an essential part of every dental exam, and should be done at least annually according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Oral Cancer exams are:

1. Painless
2. Inexpensive
3. Non-invasive
4. Quick
5. Necessary 

When identifying potential warning signs of oral cancer, dentists are often the first ones that will notice any problems.  Generally oral screenings are perform during your routine six month dental check-up. Remember, Oral Cancer one of the fastest growing types of cancer.

Call us today at Brogdon Dental to schedule your exam with Dr. Brogdon. Don’t be one of the 48,000+ who didn’t take it seriously. Your life could depend on it.

April Oral Cancer Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and we urge you to get examined today.  Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kill nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. The death rate for these cancers are high because they are usually detected too late.  When detected early, the mortality rate for many of these cancers can be reduced.

Here are some symptoms to look for according to the American Academy of Oral Medicine.

Your mouth is one of your body’s most important early warning systems. In between dental visits, it is important for patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms, and to see a dental professional if they do not improve or disappear after two-three weeks:

  • a sore, or soreness or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • red or white patches, or pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips
  • lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas
  • difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

When it comes to symptoms, keep this two-three week time period in mind, but always call your dentist right away if you have any immediate concerns. Be aware of the symptoms and risk factors of oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Early detection and treatment may well be the key to a complete recovery.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our office at Brogdon Dental today and let us schedule an appointment for you. Don’t wait.

Mouth Cancer Awareness

November is mouth cancer awareness month. Most people have heard of cancer affecting different parts of the body, but many people don’t realize that it can also occur in the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. You don’t even have to have teeth to be affected. Mouth cancer is more common in people over 40, particularly men, but in recent time it is becoming more common in women and younger patients.

Most cases of mouth cancer have been linked to alcohol and tobacco, especially chewing tobacco. Used together, alcohol and tobacco create an even greater risk for developing mouth cancer.

So how can you avoid mouth cancer? Most mouth cancer can be found early by your dentist during a mouth examination. Found early, the chances of a cure are good. It’s important to visit your dentist regularly, at least every 6 months, especially if you notice any symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Mouth Cancer include:

  • Ulcers which do not heal in three weeks
  • Red  and white patches in the mouth
  • Unusual  lumps or swelling in the mouth or head and neck area

If in Doubt – Get Checked Out
Mouth Cancer can affect anyone

 

April is Oral Cancer Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  It is estimated that oral cancer will effect an estimated 37,000 Americans each year. Studies show that the chance of surviving oral cancer is 80 to 90% if you catch it in its early stages. 

While a cancer screening by your dentist is always best, doing self-exams at home can increase the likelihood that an oral cancer can be detected early.  Look inside your mouth in a mirror and feel the insides of your mouth, lips and gums. Don’t forget to look at the upper part of your mouth as well and your tongue and it’s surfaces.

According to mayoclinic.org:

There’s no proven way to prevent mouth cancer. However, you can reduce your risk of mouth cancer if you:

  • Stop using tobacco or don’t start. If you use tobacco, stop. If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start. Using tobacco, whether smoked or chewed, exposes the cells in your mouth to dangerous cancer-causing chemicals.

  • Drink alcohol only in moderation, if at all. Chronic excessive alcohol use can irritate the cells in your mouth, making them vulnerable to mouth cancer. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit yourself to one drink a day if you’re a woman or two drinks a day if you’re a man.

  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Choose a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. The vitamins and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables may help reduce your risk of mouth cancer.

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure to your lips. Protect the skin on your lips from the sun by staying in the shade when possible. Wear a broad-brimmed hat that effectively shades your entire face, including your mouth. Apply a sunscreen lip product as part of your routine sun protection regimen.

  • See your dentist regularly. As part of a routine dental exam, ask your dentist to inspect your entire mouth for abnormal areas that may indicate mouth cancer or precancerous changes.

If you notice anything unusual, a sore or discolored area of your mouth that doesn’t heal, call Dr. Brogdon for an appointment to get this checked out.  We care about your dental health!