What is oral cancer and how can our hygienist help?
Oral cancer can develop in different areas of the mouth, including the lips, tongue and throat. A tumour is created within the mouth area. It is important to note the signs and symptoms of oral cancer to get treated as soon as possible. Some of these signs include multiple ulcers in the mouth that cause a lot of pain and irritability and unexplained lumps that remain for a long time. Difficulty with speech or the development of a lisp may be a result of such lumps interfering with the movement of the tongue.
There are several other signs to look out for; however, it is highly important to get professional advice as soon as possible. Oral cancer has a higher death rate in comparison to other cancers such as breast cancer and cervical cancer. Our hygienist Richmond can provide a treatment plan for oral cancer patients. If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, please book an appointment at Sheen Dental to gain access to and benefit from our treatment plans.
How can our dental team at Sheen Dental help?
During the initial process, our hygienist Richmond will make an in-depth analysis of our patients’ previous oral health history. This will act as guidance for our dental professionals and allow them to ascertain whether there are any potential risks. Once this has been determined, the outside of the patient’s mouth and their head and neck will be assessed thoroughly by using touch. Following this, our hygienist Richmond will examine the inside of the patient's mouth, noting the condition of the internal cheek and tongue. For this part of the process, a scanning device is often used to check whether a patient has any lumps. If any unexplained factors show up, then this will be referred to a consultant immediately.
Benefits of treating oral cancer
If you come in for a checkup with us at Sheen Dental, you can benefit from the early detection of oral cancer. By doing so at a much earlier stage, it can improve the overall diagnosis. Another benefit is that it can lead to improved oral health and subsequently better general health.
What are some risk factors of oral cancer?
There are many risk factors an individual should be aware of to avoid the risk of oral cancer. Two of the main factors are tobacco intake and smoking while another is excessive alcohol consumption. Furthermore, prolonged sun exposure to the teeth and a weak immune system can also be major risk factors.
How can the risk of oral cancer be mitigated?
There is no scientifically proven way of completely preventing oral cancer; however, there are several ways to minimise the risk. If you are a tobacco user, then we highly recommend that you avoid it due to the carcinogenic properties of its chemicals.
If you are a person who drinks alcohol often, then it is important that you moderate this amount because too much alcohol can irritate the cells in the mouth and cause many other health complications.