A cigarette loosely tangling from your mouth, or cinched between your teeth, is a menacing look to be sure. But, just in case you were wondering, smoking is also a menace to your teeth, besides your general health.
We all know smoking is bad for your health, and, we did not have to read the warning label on the side of the pack to know this fact. There are public service announcements galore which point to the fact that smoking causes cancer.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, and, about 70 of them are known to cause cancer. The number one risk of smoking cigarettes is lung cancer, but, smoking is known to affect your entire body. Did you know it can also affect your oral health as well?
To keep your mouth healthy and avoid committing the dreaded social blunder of having halitosis, otherwise known as “bad breath”, dentists recommend that you do the following:
- Brush your teeth twice daily
- Floss at least once per day
- Use a tongue brush or scraper daily.
So, what the heck is a tongue scraper, and, furthermore – why did my dentist never recommend doing this?
Well, the concept has been around for a long time; in fact, tongue cleaning was performed by the Romans, and was recorded in Europe back in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In a recent 30-year study done by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the American Cancer Society, it was reported that overall cancer deaths in the U.S. were on the decline. However, this is not true for all types of cancer. While instances of some types of canworse than ever, with many oral cancer sufferers surviving less than 5 years post diagnosis. Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital recently reported that cancers affecting the tongue, tonsils, soft palate, and back of the throat have increased nearly 60 percent in the past 40 years for those 44 and younger. This distressing prognosis is proof that everyone throughout the country needs to get serious about taking steps necessary to prevent this disease. Following are the symptoms of oral cancer to watch out for, as well as vital proactive preventions that can be taken. Continue reading
Some types of cancer are on the decline throughout the entire United States. However, the number of cases involving other types of cancers is increasing. Oral cancer is one of these, and more Americans are in the high-risk groups for developing this disease than ever. There are several types of cancers that are considered oral, and the type typically depends upon the location of the disease. As with many types of cancer, the exact causes of the different forms of oral cancer are unknown to modern medicine. However, medical researchers have identified risk factors and behaviors that can put some individuals in greater danger of developing oral cancer, especially if they exhibit more than one of these components. Following is information on the different types of oral cancer, risk factors, and how to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Continue reading