You Can Reduce the Risks of Oral Cancer if You Treat Gum Disease
Posted on 9/21/2020 by Janie Scholes
|Gum disease affects not only your dental health; it can lead to other health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease. To prevent this type of chain reaction, you need to treat gum disease immediately. Moreover, during and after treatment, it is essential to follow a daily regimen of regular oral care. By keeping your teeth and gums healthy, you can also avert any problems with gingivitis or periodontitis.
What Is Oral Cancer and How Does Gum Disease Worsen the Problem?
Oral cancer is a lesion that appears in the mouth as a white or red patch. Gum disease can worsen the problem, as the bacteria that accumulates in the mouth often affects healthy tissues and other parts of the body. Therefore, cancer may form in other areas, not just the mouth. When any type of cancer develops, it is because the cell growth in the body is out of control. When this happens, it can lead to tissue damage. Oral cancer first appears as a mouth sore or growth that will not go away. It may appear in areas such as the lips, cheeks, tongue, floor of the mouth, pharynx (throat), and soft or hard palate.
What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer can take the form of a lump, bump, swelling, rough spot, eroded area, or crust on the gums, lips, or other areas of the mouth. Again, patients may display a red, white, or red-and-white patch inside the mouth. They often complain of unexplained bleeding or a loss of feeling or numbness inside the mouth. Pain or tenderness may be noted in the facial area, neck, or mouth as well. Some patients state that they feel like something is caught in the back of their throat. They may also have problems with swallowing, chewing food, or speaking.
If you have not had a screening for gingivitis or oral cancer, we recommend you make an appointment immediately. If you do need periodontal treatment for gum disease, don't delay the therapy. A healthy mouth also means that you will be healthier overall. Give our periodontal team a call to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive periodontal exam (CPE) and cancer screening today.