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Oral cancer is unlike other types of cancer because it is not the most prominent one. In fact, statistics show that compared to the number of those who die of lung cancer or cervical cancer, those who are at risk of dying because of oral cancer are lower in number. And yet the fact about oral cancer remains the same. It can be painful and fatal all at once. The hard part about oral cancer is that a layman may not be able to detect that it is already there and that it can be difficult to cure too.
Although dentists usually say that early detection of oral cancer and extensive treatment of it would be very helpful in saving your life, proper oral health could have saved you from all the trouble. The best thing to do to prevent cancer is to make sure that you do your share of care for your oral health and let the dentist do his share too. With regular visits to the dentist, you can be assured that something can be done to improve your oral health and perhaps if cancer cells have already developed its early stages, it can be detected too.
Changes in the mouth especially the teeth, gums and tongue should be a cause for alarm. Make sure to see your dentist immediately before anything gets worse or you are in a lot of pain.
People who drink more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee a day could have half the risk of dying from mouth and throat cancer as people who drink coffee occasionally or not at all, says a new study from the US. Although this shouldn’t be taken as an excuse or a recommendation for everyone to drink upwards of 4 coffees a day; the findings need to be confirmed by more research.
There have been studies previously that have suggested a link between coffee drinking and reducing the risk for mouth and throat cancer, but it has been said that it may not be the caffeine in the coffee. Cancer can be prevented or slowed with the help of antioxidants, polyphenols and other compounds — all found in coffee.
The study, started in 1982, consisted of a wealth of lifestyle and health information on 968,432 men and women which included their tea and coffee consumption. None of the participants had cancer when they enrolled, but over 26 years, 868 died of mouth cancer or throat cancer.
Researchers found that those who reported drinking more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 49% lower risk of death from mouth and throat cancer after analyzing tea and coffee consumption in relation to deaths from these types of cancer.
The link was not affected by gender, tobacco or alcohol use. The researchers found an insignificant link with decaffeinated coffee, and none at all with tea.
However, one of the best ways to prevent mouth and throat cancer is to get screened at least once a year. Did you know Greenline Dental Centre uses the VELscope oral cancer screening system to diagnose potentially cancerous tissue? Contact us today to learn more or to book a cancer screening.
The best defense is a good offense. This old adage holds true in sports tactics as well as oral health care and prevention. As Oral Health month draws to a close, your dental professionals at Greenline Dental want to empower you with the education, solutions and care that will keep you smiling for years to come!
Healthy teeth and gums are a vital part of a healthy body, and maintaining a healthy body is essential to attaining the enhanced lifestyle you and your family deserve. We all know optimal health is what keeps you feeling vital and vibrant, allowing you to participate in the sports, hobbies, and social activities you can’t live without.
Actress and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, created the following public service announcement to share what her family has learned about the importance of taking every step possible to prevent oral cancer in its earliest stages.
At Greenline Dental we are invested in your long-term wellness and thus, we offer preventative oral cancer exams, as well as periodontal treatments and solutions which enable you and your family to live your lives to the fullest.
Preventing oral cancer can be as simple as asking your dental expert for an oral cancer screening at your next appointment. It’s always worthwhile to take steps to protect your greatest asset – your family’s health. Contact us to book your oral cancer screening today!
We want you to know that we are open and observing Covid-19 safety protocols. Patient health and safety is our #1 priority, and we use personal protective equipment for all our staff to serve you in a safe and healthy environment.
If you have missed or had to cancel your dental hygiene appointment or had to delay any treatment plans due to COVID-19, now is a good time to book your next appointment.
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