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Causes of oral cancer

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Tobacco consumption: Consuming tobacco that can be in the form of cigarettes, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff are the most common cause of oral cancer. Tobacco consumers have six times more chances of getting afflicted with oral cancer than their non-tobacco consuming counterparts. It has been seen that out of four oral cancer patients, three patients are chronic tobacco smokers.{{more}}

Alcohol consumption: Though consuming small amounts of alcohol is good, consuming excess alcohol can be damaging to the oral cavity, as it erodes the protective skin layer, thereby exposing the under parts of mouth. Smoking after alcohol consumption adds to the disastrous effects.

Sun exposure: It has been seen that people who are more exposed to sunlight have greater chances of having oral cancer. Again smoking exacerbates the condition.

Family history: If anyone in the family died of cancer or had cancer then there are chances that his/her offspring can get this disease.

Sharp tooth: If a tooth is rough or has sharp cusps then it can continuously bite against the soft oral tissues and this might cause a delay in healing and be a contributing factor towards oral cancer.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

Any abnormal findings like white or red patches, oral blisters, mouth ulcers that are not healing should be immediately reported to the dentist. Here are the warning symptoms that, if untreated, can lead to cancer.

Abnormal patches inside the mouth: Any sort of patch that may be red or white in colour is an initial indication that something fishy going on in the mouth. White colour patches have the tendency to turn malignant. So, if you see any of these things in your mouth immediately rush to your dentist.

Mouth ulcers: Though mouth ulcers can be due to disturbed bowel movements or a vitamin deficiency, if they are not healing in time or keep reoccuring, then it can be an indicative factor for mouth ulcers.

Persistent bleeding from the mouth, along with lumps in neck region and pain and difficulty in swallowing things are symptoms.

Dr Keith John

Email:drkeithjohn@gmail.com

Clinic: SVG Dental Corporation

Telephone: 784-456-2220

Cell: 784-526-0752

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