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Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Symptoms

The American Dental Association estimates that 1 in 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer at some point in their life. The average age of onset is 62 years old. Statistically men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. Bad habits like regular tobacco use and alcohol abuse can greatly increase the chances of developing oral cancer earlier in life.

The basic oral cancer screening is performed at the end of your regular dental checkup. The dentist will check your tongue, throat, face, and neck. It’s a good idea to tell the dentist in advance, about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. This includes a family history of oral cancer or lifestyle habits like regular alcohol and tobacco use.

Early symptoms include a persistent pain in your mouth, swelling or a lump in your cheek. This could also be accompanied by a white or red area on the gums, tongue, tonsil. A persistent sore throat or a feeling like there is something stuck in the back of the throat are also common symptoms of pharyngeal cancer.

Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call us at call skype logo360-666-5700 FREE to schedule an appointment.

Have A Happy Valentine’s Day Without Halitosis

Valentine’s is a day meant to spend with your sweetheart, but your breath may not smell so sweet if you have a halitosis problem. Keep reading to learn more about halitosis and how you can banish bad breath this Valentine’s Day.

What Causes Halitosis?

Stinky breath can be embarrassing, and it may affect your relationship with others. Some causes for bad breath include the following:

  • Having a poor oral hygiene routine
  • Eating garlic, onions, dairy, and foods high in acids and sugar
  • Tobacco
  • Dieting
  • Tooth decay
  • An abscess (pus pocket in tooth root)
  • Gum (periodontal) disease
  • Dry mouth
  • A medical disorder (like bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, liver or kidney problem, etc.)

How Can I Prevent And Treat Halitosis?

The smells created by the rotting food and sulphur-producing bacteria in your mouth can ruin a kiss with your sweetheart, so fix a halitosis problem with these remedies:

  • Regularly brush and floss your teeth
  • Clean your tongue using a tongue scraper or toothbrush
  • Drink more water if you have a dry mouth problem
  • Keep a healthy diet
  • Rinse with a mouthwash
  • Treat underlying medical and dental problems

Please call Dr. Sanjeev Sharma today to learn more about halitosis and additional ways you can cure bad breath.

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