Things You Should Know About Oral Cancer

The term cancer is often attached with so much morbid fear and most people would not want to be diagnosed with this deadly disease. Oral cancer is also known as mouth cancer and occurs when there is a malignant tumor developing on the surface of the tongue gums lips or mouth. It often affects heavy drinkers or smokers and those people that have been infected with HPV[human papilloma virus]. Symptoms include;

  • Ulcers
  • Patches on mouth lining
  • Lump

A survey in the UK in 2011 showed that over 6,767 new cases of oral cancer were diagnosed among people who were between 50-74 years of age. The majority of cases in younger people could be attributed to the HPV. Treating oral cancer includes chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. You may well know that these treatments may include harsh reactions. For instance they may greatly reduce your ability to speak or eat. This can be a potentially harmful condition. If the small food particles do not find a passage and become clogged this could trigger a chest infection.

So the best way to avoid all these painful conditions is to take good care of your health in terms of dental care. Consider these healthy habits to adopt;

  1. Stop smoking
  2. Reduce your alcohol intake.
  3. Eat plenty of vegetables and fresh fruits
  4. Have regular dental checkups. A dentist can detect the early stages of cancer.

However, if you have been diagnosed with oral cancer, there is still hope. It can often be treated by and adult orthodontics using a combination of the above discussed options. Treatment responds s better when it is detected early. The parts affected also play a part in determining how the treatment will best work. It may have spread from the mouth to surrounding tissue.

Visit dentists today and find more detailed information