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Posts for tag: oral cancer

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

Learning the signs of oral cancer can help you safeguard your health. Call your dentist in South Atlanta, GA, Dr. Travon Holt of Dentistry at Camp Creek, if you notice any of these early signs of oral cancer.

Sores that don't heal
Have you had a painful sore in your mouth for weeks or months? A non-healing sore could be a sign of oral cancer. Cuts or canker sores generally heal in a week or two. If your sore doesn't go away after a few weeks, call the South Atlanta dental office.

Red or white spots
Even seemingly minor changes in your mouth can indicate the presence of cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. Red or white patches can be early warning signs of oral cancer.

Lumps and bumps
Lumps, bumps, and growths anywhere in your mouth, throat, or neck should always be investigated. Lumps aren't always cancerous, but there's no way to know for sure unless you see the dentist.

Difficulty swallowing
A constant "lump in the throat" sensation may make it hard to swallow if you have oral cancer. Of course, cancer isn't the only possible cause of swallowing issues. You may also notice trouble swallowing if you have gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or have been under a lot of stress lately.

Voice changes
A raspy or hoarse voice can accompany a cold or other illness. If the changes don't go away, cancer could be to blame.

Loose teeth or a change in the fit of your dentures
Teeth or dentures can loosen due to several issues, among them oral cancer, gum disease, or a shrinking jawbone. If you wear dentures, your mouth will also change as healing occurs after tooth extractions.

Difficulty eating
Cancerous tumors can affect the way your jaw or tongue moves or cause numbness that makes it hard to eat. If you've been having trouble eating lately, call the dental office right away.

Pain is a sign that something isn't quite right. If pain in your mouth, gums, teeth, lips, throat, or neck lasts more than a few days, get in touch with the dentist.

Are you concerned that changes in your mouth or throat may mean that you have oral cancer? Call your South Atlanta, GA, dentist at (404) 629-9290 today!

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
January 03, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

While sports like football, basketball and soccer have exploded in popularity over the last few decades, many Americans still have a soft spot for the granddaddy of them all: baseball. While technology has changed many aspects of the game, many of its endearing traditions live on.

Unfortunately, one baseball tradition isn’t so endearing and definitely hazardous to health—tobacco, primarily the smokeless variety. Players and coaches alike, even down to the high school level, have promoted or at least tolerated its use.

But there are signs this particular baseball tradition is losing steam. Not long ago, the San Francisco Giants became the first major league baseball team to prohibit tobacco in its home stadium—on the field as well as in the stands. The move was largely in response to a law passed by the City of San Francisco, but it does illustrate a growing trend to discourage tobacco use in baseball.

While smoking, chewing or dipping tobacco can certainly impact a person’s overall health, it can be especially damaging to the teeth, gums and mouth. Our top oral health concern with tobacco is cancer: Research has shown some correlation between tobacco use (especially smokeless) and a higher risk of oral cancer.

You need look no further than the highest ranks of baseball itself to notice a link between tobacco and oral cancer. Although from different eras, Babe Ruth and Tony Gwynn, both avid tobacco users, died from oral cancer. Other players like pitcher Curt Schilling have been diagnosed and treated for oral cancer.

Cancer isn’t the only threat tobacco poses to oral health. The nicotine in tobacco can constrict blood vessels in the mouth; this in turn reduces the normal flow of nutrients and disease-fighting immune cells to the teeth and gums. As a result, tobacco users are much more susceptible to contracting tooth decay and gum disease than non-users, and heal more slowly after treatment.

That’s why it’s important, especially in youth baseball, to discourage tobacco use on the field. While most of baseball’s traditions are worthy of preservation, the chapter on tobacco needs to close.

If you would like more information on the oral health effects of tobacco, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.