When you think about your oral health, you may think about going to your dentist for regular check-ups. While that is incredibly important, we encourage you to think even broader. Your tongue, teeth, gums, and more contribute to your oral health! Discover two conditions that are categorized under oral pathology and how Dr. Tomlinson can help:
Oral cancer is a disease that can infect all and any areas of your mouth including your gums, lips, tongue, cheeks, and more. It is most identified as a sore that does not go away. Certain symptoms include:
- Continuous bleeding
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Ear pain
- Speckled patches in the mouth
- Voice change
Risk factors that will greatly increase your chance of developing this disease include a family member with oral cancer, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, HPV, and an overabundance of sun exposure.
Statistics show that men are twice as likely to receive an oral cancer diagnosis than women. Please continue (or start) performing oral cancer screenings at home, and talk to your oral surgeon if you notice any abnormality within your mouth.
Gum disease, also referred to as periodontitis, is a serious condition that attacks the gums. If not addressed in a timely manner, the disease can destroy the jawbone and cause tooth loss. If your gums are continuously red, swollen, or tender, it’s possible that you have periodontitis. Although this is a very common disease, you can prevent the onset by practicing good oral hygiene such as:
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks
- Brush with fluoridated toothpaste
- Ditch alcohol and cigarettes
- Eat a balanced diet
- Eliminate plaque with mouth wash
- Floss daily
- Visit the dentist regularly
Dr. Tomlinson is Here to Help
Oral cancer and gum disease should not be ignored. Both need professional treatment to effectively eliminate the problem and contribute to an overall healthier life. Dr. Tomlinson can help! Schedule an appointment today if you’ve noticed any symptoms of gum disease or oral cancer.