December 26th, 2011
It is heartening to know that in Molesey, the statistics show, more and more people are making full recovery from oral cancer, although cynically, this increase could be linked by the fact that more and more people are getting it. Everyone has a different chemistry within them which makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact causes of the problem, but there are considered to be the more obvious reasons such as stress, drinking, smoking and poor diet. But you should none of the less, be aware of the signs of it because if caught early, it can be cured. Ulcers, neck aches, earaches, sore throats all need to be checked out if they persist for too long and if you have a problem, it should and will be treated immediately. Recovery is also a very difficult period as well; you are going to need the best support and counseling you can get in order to make a full recovery. But you also have to think of the things that got you to this dark zone in the first place and once you have identified them, you are going to carry on through life doing the opposite in order you build up your strength and immune system to prevent the problem from returning ever again.
July 21st, 2010
One of the most serious problems that can affect the mouth is oral cancer. This is a potentially life threatening condition that occurs in the oral cavity but one that can be treated effectively in caught in its early stages. The longer the disease is allowed to develop untreated the greater the chances of it becoming fatal.
There are many risk factors that make you more likely to suffer from the condition. These include:
• Age – You are more likely to suffer from oral cancer if you are over the age of 40
• Sex – Males are twice as likely to suffer from oral cancer as women
• Weight – Patients who are overweight are also more likely to suffer from oral cancer as those patients who are in good shape and of a healthy weight
• Lifestyle – Smoking any kind of tobacco product significantly increases your risk of contracting oral cancer. Drinking alcohol also greatly increases the risk. When the two factors are combined the risk becomes even more heightened as the two combined can be very destructive to the cells and tissue in the mouth
However, it must be remembered that everyone is at risk from oral cancer and that 25 per cent of patients who contract oral cancer have none of the high risk factors.
The best way to beat oral cancer is to have a regular check up with a Molesey dentist. They can examine the mouth every six months or more regularly if desired. They can check for any suspicious signs and conduct a brush biopsy of any tissue. If the results come back positive they can refer you immediately to a specialist for treatment. This is the best way of beating oral cancer and keeping yourself safe from this very dangerous and destructive condition.
April 24th, 2010
We all know the statistic that one in three of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives. While this maybe true, it is also true that modern medicine is becoming more effective at treating, fighting and beating many forms of cancer. One of the most crucial factors when treating cancer is early intervention. Catching the disease as early as possible gives you the best chance of surviving. When it comes to cancer it really is a matter of life and death.
One of the most virulent forms of cancer is oral cancer. This affects cells located in the soft tissue of the oral cavity, including the cheek lining, tongue, gums and throat. It usually manifests itself as small red, white or blotchy sore patches that do not clear up naturally in a week or so. There are many other telltale signs of oral cancer including unexplained bleeding in the mouth, extreme and sudden weight loss and pains in the neck and head. Kingston-upon-Thames dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer during regular check ups, just another reason why seeing your dentist every six months is very important.
By catching the disease early, you stand a greater than 80 per cent chance of survival, so that alone should be an incentive to be vigilant. There are certain groups who are more at risk from oral cancer. Smokers are up to six times more likely to develop cancer than non-smokers, and drinking alcohol to excess may also have a large impact. Men, especially those over the age of fifty, are also at a higher risk, although you should always bear in mind that anyone can be struck down with oral cancer at any time. The best you can do is to try and live as healthily as possible and make regular appointments to see your dentist.
September 12th, 2009
Smoking can have a massive detrimental effect on your health in general and specifically on your oral health. It is responsible for causing oral cancers, gum disease and tooth decay and cavities. Smokers are far more likely to have dental problems and loose teeth than non-smokers.
Patients may see a dentist more regularly than a doctor and as dentists will be able to see visible evidence of smoke damage, they can play an important role in helping patients to kick the habit. Most smokers suffer from periodontal disease at some point, as well as other dental problems, and a dentist is well placed to offer advice about how to avoid these problems by quitting. By giving up, patients greatly increase their chances of having healthy teeth.
Dentists are increasingly receiving training in smoking cessation, meaning that they will be able to serve a dual role of dentist and cessation councillor. Using their unique position they can warn patients about the dangers of smoking to their oral health and can offer advice on the most successful ways to give up. They will also be able to inform patients about the greatly increased further health risks of smoking such as heart disease and lung cancer. The state of a smoker’s teeth might be indicative of this further damage and the brief consultation with a dentist can help to make them aware of this fact.
Sunbury dentists are trained, or receiving training, in smoking cessation. They are taking advantage of their unique position and regular contact with patients to offer the most effective and up to date methods of quitting. Hopefully they can greatly improve patients’ dental health and health in general.
April 2nd, 2009
Considered to be the sixth most common cancer in men, oral cancer spreads quickly accounting for the high rate of death. Early diagnosis is important in order for the patient to enjoy a good prognosis. In recent years, saliva test has been used to detect oral cancer. You can ask your dentist regarding such test.
Patients diagnosed with oral cancer at an early stage can enjoy an 80 to 90 percent survival. Before, diagnosis of oral cancer relied on physical signs and symptoms. These symptoms include:
• Mouth ulcers
• Red or white patches
• Other unusual changes in the mouth
• Risk factors such as smoking
Usually, any suspicious findings will prompt the dentist to run further tests such as:
• Blood test
• Body scans
But with the discovery of saliva testing, diagnosis becomes more efficient. The saliva test involves analysis for certain bacterial species which were found to be present in high amounts in patients with oral cancer. These species include:
• Prevetolla melaninogenica
• Streptococcus mitis
• Capnocytophaga gingivalis
Although these bacteria have been suspected to be the cause for the oral cancer, their presence certainly confirms the disease.
Once the oral cancer has been diagnosed, your dentist will work with an oncologist to present your with several treatment options. These options usually include:
Again, early detection of the disease is important for a higher chance of survival. Visit your Molesey dentist regularly to monitor your oral health.
February 14th, 2009
Oral cancer is a serious medical condition. But when detected early by your Surbiton dentist, the prognosis could be good. Among cancers, oral cancer is considered to be ideal in terms of early detection.
Symptoms of an oral cancer include the presence of a painless ulcer, abnormal growth or white/red patch in the mouth that does not clear up even after two weeks.
People at risk for oral cancer are those who:
• Use tobacco (smoking or chewing)
• Consume alcohol (30 or more drinks in a week)
• Expose themselves to too much sunlight
• Aged 40 years old and above
• Unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle
• Family history
Detection of oral cancer can be done by your Surbiton dentist early. A regular visit will involve the through examination of your mouth and throat as well as palpation of the neck to look for any swollen lymph nodes. Right now, visual inspections as well as cytology are the two most important methods in diagnosing oral cancer.
Early detection by your Surbiton dentist will increase the chance of responding to treatment. In the UK, 4,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year and nearly half of them die because of late detection and treatment.
Of course, prevention is important and your Surbiton dentist will recommend the following:
– Healthy diet
– Regular exercise
– Avoid smoking and drinking
Over three quarters of mouth or oral cancer can actually be prevented with the removal of alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking. There is actually a 50 percent reduction of the risk 3 to 5 years after the smoking and drinking stopped.
December 6th, 2008
At your Weybridge Dental Clinic, the dentist will screen you for the possibility of oral cancer at your dental checkups. Usually oral cancer(s) are most often noticed when they are late in their development. The reason for this is not due to difficulty noticing them; it is because people do not seek regular dental care. If diagnosed when they have been present for awhile, the death rate from these cancers increase exponentially. At times they are discovered when they have already metastasized to the neck and there is lymph node involvement. These individuals will usually not seek dental care until pain and/or symptoms are visible to them. Oral cancer(s) are more treatable if they are discovered early in there development. The recurrence of oral cancer(s) is 20 xs higher in individuals that have been treated for these cancers versus individuals who have never had oral cancer(s). A good sign is if the individual remains cancer free for 5 to 10 years following initial treatment. The majority of oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.
It is crucial that you contact your Weybridge dentist or physician if you have any if the following signs and/or symptoms: Oral lesions and sores that do not heal within two weeks; a lump of thickening of the cheek; red and/or white patches on your gums, tongue or oral mucosa; a nagging feeling of something being stuck in your throat or lengthy throat soreness; problems with eating, and movement of the jaw and tongue, or numbness of the tongue or mouth; and, swelling of the jaw. All of the above could be the result of something different, but why take the chance. Certain procedures can be performed to make sure whether you do or do not have oral cancer at your Weybridge dentist or doctor’s office. Using tobacco products can increase your risk for oral cancer significantly, as well as alcohol consumption. Using both also increases your risk more significantly. Treatment(s) for oral cancer(s) usually involve radiation, chemotherapy, and/or surgery.
August 30th, 2008
Oral cancer begins always asymptomatic, there for its diagnosis is very difficult.
Oral cancer in the early stage can be successfully treated .The early diagnosis and it’s management is very important Any abnormal changes in the mouth, tongues, gums or the surrounding area needs immediate attention
It is important to remember that not always the signs signify cancer. It can be due to some other oral conditions also. The patient will complain of pain in the mouth. Moving the jaw and the mouth will be difficult. The patient will have problems in chewing and swallowing. There will be a bump in the neck .The person will complain of bleeding from the ear and there will be numbness in the particular area also some white or red patches in the mouth are noted
For a confirmative diagnosis the Worcester park dentist advice the patient should visit his dentist and if necessary your dentist will refer you to an Oncologist. They both will examine the mouth and evaluate the past medical history and plan the treatment. If the symptoms doesn’t subside with in fourteen days a biopsy will be performed to conform the diagnosis, A positive biopsy and clinical findings say about the stage of the disease , eventually spread other areas of mouth and organ making it secondary cancers with serious consequences .Other additional tests are x-ray, CT scan and MRI scan. THE treatment is decided based on the diagnostic test.
How can we prevent oral cancer?
The professionals in Worcester park say the best solution is leading a healthy life style. Eat a variety of green and yellow fruit and vegetables. Smoking is the most common cause of oral cancer. The risk is the same those who eat tobacco, pan etc. Drinking alcohol poses a big risk in mouth cancer; alcohol helps the tobacco to absorb in to the mouth. Avoiding excess sun can prevent lip cancer. Get medical attention in case of an ulcer, red or white patches if it does’ clear in 2-3weeksand have a regular dental check up and during the clinic visit it is very important to tell the patient about the advantages of having a regular check up.