Do You Know the Worst Things for Your Teeth?

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While you may be so careful when it comes to oral hygiene, ensuring that you do everything you can to protect your teeth, you may not be aware of some of the things which can cause serious problems for your teeth and gums moving forward.

The first thing you may not be aware can be detrimental to your teeth is ice. While ice is a welcome addition to any drinks during the hot summer months, chewing the ice can cause serious problems for your teeth in the long run. Thousands of people chip, crack and break their teeth each year by chewing on ice. Rather keep it in the drink and if you have the urge to chew it, rather suck on it to enjoy the coldness it provides.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, also advises that citrus fruits can damage teeth. Citrus fruits are brimming with acidity which can cause serious problems moving forward. The acidity eats away at the strong enamel of the tooth and causes cavities, which in time will affect the delicate dental pulp, causing sensitivity and ongoing pain until treatment is received.

Another thing you should try and stay away from when considering your teeth and gums is caffeine. While thousands of people drink tea and coffee on a daily basis, these products can stain your teeth over time. In addition to that, many people drink their caffeine beverage with sugar, sugar of course is one of the worst things to have when it comes to protecting your oral health.

You will also want to steer clear of sticky foods, such as dried fruits. Sticky foods stick to the tooth surface, which means they sit on the tooth much longer than other foods. While this may not appear such a big problem, the foods can then start wearing into the teeth, which will cause you problems later on.

Dr Tariq Drabu also advised that crisps can be one of the worst things for your teeth. Crisps are brimming with starch, but they can also get trapped between your teeth. Once food is trapped, it can fester in your mouth, breeding unwelcome bacteria and causing long term problems moving forward.

Further sugared drinks can be exceptionally harmful to your oral health. Sugared drinks including sodas and fruit juices can stick to the teeth and cause problems. Sugar is one of the worst things when it comes to your teeth. If you do decide to have a fruit juice, consider drinking it through a straw, sucking the juice to the back of the mouth to reduce the amount that comes in contact with your teeth. Water is a much safer option. Water will not only hydrate you, but it is also neutral, which means that it won’t cause long term damage to your teeth.

According to Dr Tariq Drabu, alcohol can also be detrimental to your teeth. Alcohol dehydrates you, which results in dry mouth syndrome. Your teeth rely on the saliva produced in the mouth to protect them. Saliva is alkaline and can help neutralise your mouth, helping your teeth and gums in the long term.

You will also find that sports drinks can cause problems for your teeth and gums. Sports drinks are considered a healthy option, but what many people don’t realise is that they are also brimming in sugars, which again is dangerous for your teeth in the long run.

The final thing to be wary of when it comes to the worst things for your teeth is popcorn. The husks from the popcorn can get stuck in your teeth and un-popped popcorn can cause your teeth to crack or chip.

Tooth Whitening – Steps to a Beautiful Smile

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Tooth whitening procedures have gained popularity over the past few years with more adults choosing this solution to give them a gleaming and beautiful smile. With celebrities boasting their pearly whites on screens around the world, the public have become aware of their own teeth and are looking for ways to make their teeth whiter, hide stains and discolouration and build their confidence moving forward.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, advises patients that tooth whitening doesn’t make teeth white, but it does make them a shade or two lighter than their natural colour. According to this specialist dentist, natural teeth are not white, but lightening them and removing stubborn stains caused by smoking and alcohol consumption, can boost confidence considerably and help people show their teeth when smiling.

The first thing many patients do try and hide stains and discolouration and the hope of lightening their teeth is to use whitening toothpaste. It is recommended to check the toothpaste ingredients to ensure that they won’t cause unwelcome damage to your teeth in the long run.

According to Dr Tariq Drabu, the biggest concern when it comes to tooth whitening to achieve a beautiful smile is the number of patients looking at home whitening kits to achieve their gleaming smiles. Unfortunately these kits can be exceptionally dangerous and can cause long term damage to your teeth in the future. Many kits use dangerous ingredients which can result in tooth sensitivity and other problems, as they eat into the enamel as they lighten the natural colour of the tooth.

In addition to this, the tooth whitening home kits you can purchase over the counter and online are also difficult to get right. It’s easy to lighten some areas of the tooth more than others due to the mouth guard that is used not being made specifically for you. This means the guard doesn’t fit correctly and can result in the mixture getting onto the gums and lightening the gums as the same time, which is something you want to avoid at all costs.

The safest option when it comes to tooth whitening is to use a professional dental service, according to Dr Tariq Drabu. The dentist can provide patients with options to meet their tooth whitening budget and objectives.

The first option works similar to a home whitening kit, but under close supervision from the dental team. The dentist will examine the patient to ensure they are a candidate for a tooth whitening procedure before discussing the options available. Then you can choose to go with the option which is conducted in surgery and at home.

With this particular process the dentist will make a mould to fit your mouth perfectly and provide you with the whitening solution which they will show you how to use. You will need to stay in close contact with the dentist throughout the procedure to ensure there are no side effects and to check your teeth are not experiencing any problems moving forward.

During this tooth whitening process, the dentist works alongside the patient to help them achieve their tooth whitening goals. Some of the process is carried out at home under the strict guidance of the dentist until your tooth whitening goals are achieved.

The second option is carried out in the dental surgery and is a faster process, though it can be slightly more expensive. In this instance the dentist will place the solution on your teeth and then use the laser to activate the ingredients, which automatically helps your teeth lighten by a shade or two in one dental appointment

Is Your Child Suffering from Tooth Problems?

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Even though your child may only have their “milk” teeth, it is imperative that you follow a strict oral health routine with them from an early age. Children learn young, which means getting them into the habit of brushing twice daily and flossing can help ensure they follow the same routines well into the future.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, advised that even with good brushing techniques, tooth decay can occur caused by germs within the mouth, this leads to sensitivity and pain for your child, which is why it is so important that you start taking your child to the dentist from an early age and maintain the regular routine appointments to ensure they enjoy continued good oral health in the future.

Children should visit the dentists for the first time once their first tooth pushes through, which is around the age of six months. It is advisable to find a dentist that has experience working with children, ensuring your child has a positive experience and reduces the risk of them suffering from dental anxiety as an adult.

Even though your child may only have their first teeth, they can still cause unwelcome pain in the event of tooth decay and cavities. Many parents are under the false impression that due to the fact their children don’t have their adult teeth yet, it doesn’t matter if they suffer. There are thousands of children throughout the world suffering from tooth pain, some are too young to explain to their parents where the pain is coming from, something a single dental appointment could clear up and the right treatment could be put in place.

In the UK alone, there are thousands of children being hospitalized each year for dental treatments. Due to their age, children have to be anesthetised during the treatment rather than putting them through the stress of keeping them still when extracting teeth.

The pain your child may be experiencing include a tooth that is painful to touch. This means that eating can be exceptionally painful and you will notice your child won’t eat or complains and cries when eating or drinking due to unwelcome sensitivity

Some children may experience a throbbing pain which is caused from the tooth, this may or may not be accompanied with a fever, similar to symptoms of coming down with a cold. If your child is showing signs of a cold, this could be a result of tooth pain.

The problem is that when a child has tooth pain, you can’t tell if it is in fact a cavity or whether there is just something stuck between the teeth which is causing irritation. You may notice the gum swelling and going red where your child associates with pain. The best solution is to make an urgent appointment with the dentist who will do a thorough examination and identify how to proceed based on what the prognosis is.

Children, as with adults, need to attend routine dental appointments. Your dentist will advise how often your child should visit the dentist. During these appointments, the dentist will conduct a thorough investigation of your child’s teeth and gums, ensuring that they are in good health. This also ensures that any potential problems are caught in the early stages, which ensures fast and effective treatment and reduces the risk of pain moving forward.

Choose a dentist that has experience working with children. These dental professionals have the ability to calm your child and make their dental visit a fun and enjoyable experience, reducing the risk of dental anxiety as they get older.

Dentures or Implants – Which Will You Choose?

 

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Having teeth extracted can be such a daunting experience. As we age our teeth do deteriorate, obviously you want to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible, but oral health and gum disease all contribute to tooth loss moving forward.

In some instances, there is nothing the dentist can do but to remove the tooth or teeth, this can result in problems eating and speaking and the patient is forced to make the decision on whether to choose implants or dentures. Both of which will look completely natural, but both can affect you in different ways.

In many of the cases, price is a deciding factor when it comes to choosing dentures or implants. Implants are more expensive and in the UK, they are offered by private dentists, which means that you cannot pay a lower cost through the National Health Service (NHS).

According to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, implants are long term solutions. These are teeth which are placed into the jaw bone, ensuring that they hold in place.

Implants are a detailed process which require x-rays of your mouth to ensure your jaw bone is strong enough to hold the implant in place. A mould is taken of your mouth to ensure that your new implants look as natural as possible. The procedure will then involve a titanium screw being placed into your jaw bone with a crown placed on top. The crown looks and feels like a natural tooth and is blended to the colour of the surrounding teeth, so no one will ever know the tooth isn’t your natural tooth.

The minute the implants are inserted, they feel natural. There is no time needed to get used to them. Discomfort for the first few days is common, remember the dentist has screwed a titanium screw into your actual jaw bone. You will need to visit the dentist a few times to ensure the bone is moulding around the screw, holding it in place for years to come.

There are instances where you may not be a candidate or your jaw bone has deteriorated to a point where you need a bone graft, this can change the process. Don’t worry, you will be given a false tooth during this time to ensure you have the right amount of teeth in your mouth. Once the graft has taken the procedure can be carried out.

Implants are more expensive than dentures and the process is quick and seamless. Dentures are an affordable solution to have false teeth in your mouth that look natural. In most instances no one will be aware that you have false teeth, though he process and how they feel will differ from implants.

Dentures are not fitted into your mouth and they can take some time to get used to. It’s natural for those who are fitted with dentures for the first time to have some speech problems and problems chewing, according to Dr Tariq Drabu.

With dentures a mould is taken and then a plate is made with the teeth, the teeth and matches to the natural colour of your other teeth, so they look natural. The plate takes getting used to and your dentist will advise you on what you can or cannot eat.

Once you are used to your dentures you can take them out while sleeping. It is imperative that you continue a good oral health routine when you have dentures, as you are still prone to gum disease, the same as a person with their natural teeth.

Are You Considering Tooth Whitening? What You Need to Know

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I have thousands of patients contacting me each year wanting to have pearly white teeth, the same as the celebrities they see on the television. The first thing I tell all my patients is that white teeth are not natural and a tooth whitening process will lighten their natural teeth by a few shades, but it will not make them white.

This is something everyone needs to realise. The majority of celebrities people see on their television screens have implants or veneers that have been made white. Tooth whitening is still very effective and will lighten the shade of the teeth for a few months and will cover up any discolouration or stains the patient may have.

There are a few options available. I do not recommend over the counter kits. These can be dangerous to the teeth in the long run and I have had patients who have visited me after trying these kits for a while that suffer with tooth sensitivity as the ingredients they use actually eat into the enamel of the tooth, which is the hard outer coating that protects the sensitive dental pulp within the tooth.

Home Kits

The problem with home whitening kits is that they are made on a general scale. This means the mouth guard enclosed in the packaging is not designed specifically for that patient. This means that the patient will find that some areas of their teeth will lighten more than others and the risk of whitening the gums is increased as the mixture pushes out of the guard onto the gums, which can also cause discomfort.

Professional Whitening Options

There are two options patients can choose from under the safe supervision of their dentist. In the UK tooth whitening is only perfumed in private dental practices.

The first option works similar to the home whitening kits, but it is carried out by the dentist. We do a mould of the patient’s mouth and provide them with the whitening gel and strict instructions on how to use it. We show them the correct methods to use to ensure an even whitening. This requires the patient visit the dentist a number of times throughout the process to ensure the whitening is going according to plan.

The second and most popular option is laser treatment. This provides the patients uwith a lightening shade within one visit. We put a whitening gel directly onto the teeth while the patient is in the surgery and then use a laser which activates the gel. Patients can see a significant lighting to their natural teeth in a single visit which can last months.

 

What Makes Your Teeth Sensitive?

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Tooth sensitivity can be painful, but also exceptionally frustrating. A cold drink on a hot day or a warm drink on a cold day can send you reeling in pain. What causes tooth sensitivity and why do some people suffer from this debilitating dental problem and others never seem to have a problem?

One of the major causes of tooth sensitivity is acidic foods. Acidic foods can result in tooth decay and unwelcome cavities. The acid can sit on the plaque, burrowing into the enamel of the tooth and result in the dental pulp being exposed. The dental pulp sits inside the tooth and is home to all the nerves, once this happens the nerves are exposed, resulting in sensitivity when you eat and drink.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon based in the United Kingdom, also revealed that sugar is a leading cause of tooth sensitivity. Sugared foods and drinks also eat away at the tooth enamel and over time can result in tooth sensitivity, cavities and severe oral health problems. It is important to reduce your sugar consumption now to promote a healthy mouth and enjoy good oral health moving forward.

Anyone who suffers from bruxism, which is grinding of the teeth may experience tooth sensitivity. Many people grind their teeth while they sleep and it’s common for the person to be completely unaware that they do this. It is only until someone points out to them that they are grinding their teeth that they realise they have a problem. Grinding puts undue pressure and strain on the teeth, forcing them to wear down.

The good news for anyone who suffers with bruxism, there are treatments available which your dental professional can assist you with. The most common treatment is a mouth guard which you wear while you sleep, while this doesn’t stop the grinding, it does reduce the damage you cause to your teeth, thereby reducing the risk of tooth sensitivity moving forward.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth sensitivity. Gum disease comes in two stages. Gingivitis is the mild to moderate form of the disease which causes swelling, inflammation, bleeding and discomfort, while periodontal disease is a more severe form, which if left untreated can result in tooth loss. Both forms of gum disease can result in pain. If you experience any form of dental pain, it’s advisable to make an urgent appointment to visit your dentist, according to Dr Tariq Drabu.

A dental cavity can result in serious tooth sensitivity. In some instances you may not be aware that your tooth has a cavity, over time the cavity becomes bigger. As the cavity grows, it works its way through the enamel, exposing the dental pulp and nerves, which is where the pain comes from. This can result in mild to severe pain, depending on the size and location of the cavity. Cavities must be dealt with quickly and effectively to reduce the risk of having to have the tooth extracted.

Cracked teeth can also cause tooth sensitivity. When you have a cracked tooth you will know all about it. The crack in the tooth will expose the delicate interior of the tooth and chances are you will experience severe pain until you have the tooth cared for by your dentist.

Dr Tariq Drabu advises that you must keep your routine dental appointment, even if you aren’t experiencing any tooth sensitivity. During a routine appointment, your teeth and gums will be thoroughly examined to identify if there are any problems which may need treatment, reducing the risk of the problems worsening moving forward.

Make Your Dental Practice Stand Out

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Patients looking for a dental practice in their local area have no shortage to choose from. Each area has a number of dental practices, which means you have to make your practice stand out from the rest to ensure the patients walk through your door to receive treatment.

This is easier said than done and it involves hard work and dedication. Your main concern is your patients and caring for them, which makes putting time aside to promote your practice on the back burner. If you spend your days treating patients, as I do, then finding time to concentrate on everything else to help promote the office isn’t as important.

I have found over the years of running a successful dental practice in Manchester in the United Kingdom, that there are things that can be done in-house which can impress patients, exceed their expectations and help build your reputation in the local area.

Thorough Examinations

This may sound obvious, but promote the fact that you provide your patients with thorough examinations on every visit. This puts the patients mind at ease and helps them realise that you offer a good patient care service. Patients want to know that you are focused on their oral health and don’t see them as just another number that comes through the door.

Friendly and Welcoming Team

Work closely with your team to ensure they have the same focus and ideals you have when it comes to your patients. Patients should walk through the door and feel welcomed. Your team should be able to calm them immediately with a friendly demeanour to make them feel welcome and special.

I have found that providing my reception and administration team with customer services training has been beneficial to the overall success of my practice here in Manchester. The team are always welcoming and they know the patients due for appointments, greeting them by name and providing them with a personalised service. Even though we have grown into one of the largest private dental practices in the area, we provide that family owned and managed personalised service which goes such a long way and makes our patients feel special.

Clinical Facilities

We also ensure we promote the fact that we have surgical facilities at our practice to manage a host of different and essential dental treatments. Even though most of our patients don’t understand the state of the art equipment and facilities we have, it does make a difference to them when deciding on which dentist surgery to join moving forward.

Range of Treatments

I always ensure that my patients are aware of the extensive range of treatments we provide at the practice. I want them to know that they can come to me with basic emergency treatment requirements or tooth whitening or implants. We have introduced top quality oral hygienists to the team to ensure we have become the top choice for dental treatments in the area, standing out against our competitors and ensuring that patients consider us first.

It’s all about the Patient

Over the years I have learned that the success of my practice is based on the patient and how they feel. We have become very patient orientated, identifying how we make them feel when they walk through the door for treatment.

We want our patients to share their dental experience with their family and friends, we want them to tell their friends that they only waited a short time to see the dentist or that the hygienist was friendly and gentle.

I ensure that I allot a certain time to each patient, more than that needed for the treatment. This gives me time to get to know my patient, learn more about them and get to know them on a personal level. The aim is to constantly provide exceptional service, so I know my practice continues to stand out from the rest.

Gum Disease – What You Need to Know

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Thousands of people suffer with gum disease on a daily basis. There are thousands more that are completely unaware that they have the disease, which in time can become more serious and result in tooth loss.

Many people aren’t aware they have a problem, especially during the early stages of gum disease. Unless you attend your routine dental appointments and the dentist identifies gum disease, you may go months or longer without every knowing you have a problem.

When gum disease is caught early, treatment can be quick and effective. The longer you leave it the more detailed the treatment becomes. It is important to be aware that there are two types of gum disease ranging from mild to severe. With mild treatment is easy and involves good home oral health routines, where the severe form may entail antibiotics and even surgery to rectify the problem.

Gum disease is caused when plaque builds up on the tooth. Plaque is brimming with harmful bacteria and is a sticky substance which holds onto all the dangerous elements which can harm your mouth. Over time plaque hardens to become tartar. Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, advises that with a good oral health routine, plaque can be removed effectively to reduce the risk of gum disease moving forward.

Tartar and plaque can result in infection, which leads to inflammation and eventually forms into a gum disease, which takes a lot more work to treat. If you ignore the early signs of gum disease, it can result in more severe periodontitis moving forward. Ignoring periodontal disease is very serious and can result in tooth loss in the future.

The symptoms of gum disease range from bad breath and tenderness to redness, swollen gums and bleeding gums, especially when brushing. You may also notice that pockets form, which is a pocket which forms between the tooth and the gum and eventually, it can result in tooth loss.

There are two stages of gum disease. Gum disease usually starts with stage one gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild to moderate form of the disease which results in red and bleeding gums and swelling. It can cause discomfort. The second stage is the serious periodontal disease. This is when pockets form between the tooth and gum, which is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Periodontal disease destructs the bone of the tooth and eventually, if left untreated can result in tooth loss.

Treatment is quick and effective, depending on the severity of the disease, according to Dr Tariq Drabu. For gingivitis you will be sent to the oral hygienist that will scale and professionally clean your teeth, removing all the plaque and tartar. It is common for your teeth to feel rough after this treatment. From here you will be given a strict oral health routine that you must follow at home which involves brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes.

The most important time to brush your teeth is right before bed and then once more during the course of the day. You will also have to floss daily. If you have gum disease, it’s a good idea to floss twice daily, ensuring you remove the plaque from hard to reach places that your toothbrush cannot reach.

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, the treatment is more detailed and may involve antibiotics to fight the infection and maybe even surgery, depending on the severity of the disease.

This is why it’s so important to keep your routine dental appointment. Your dentist will inspect your teeth and gums and can identify the problems and treat them before they become serious.

How to Ensure Your Dental Practice Success

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There is so much more to seeing patients on a daily basis. These days competition is fierce among dental practices and with so many to choose from, patients are looking for certain criteria to be met. I have found that a firm marketing plan and having set protocols in place, ensures the success of my UK based practice on a daily basis.

In the United Kingdom, there are NHS dental practices and private practices. Private practices offer a wide variety of dental treatments from dental implants to tooth whitening procedures. Patients looking for these services don’t only search locally, they expect a certain level of service and support for their money, which has resulted in my practice ensuring we tick all the boxes to encourage more patients to visit our practice in our local area.

Focus on a Speciality

The one thing I have found is to focus on a speciality within dentistry and ensure all my patients are aware of the service. Building up a reputation in a certain sector of dentistry is the best way to draw patients to our surgery. Dental implants are high in demand, so we focused on this service, even though we offer an extensive range of other dental services. This helped encourage more patients to contact our surgery, as our reputation grew in the local area.

Superior Customer Service

These days providing superior patient service is imperative to the success of your practice. Patients expect more from their dentist than treatment. They expect a high level of service and support, exceeding their expectations on a daily basis. The entire team need to work hard to meet the patients’ needs and ensure a high level of service is offered at all times.

Welcoming Reception Area

Another thing we found that encouraged our patients return to our practice is to make our reception area and team welcoming and inviting. Whether our patients are arriving for a tooth whitening procedure or they have dental anxiety, all our patients are welcomed and invited into the surgery through a friendly reception area that is easy to identify.

Reputation Management

Your reputation is one of the most important things you can have. You want to build your reputation daily to ensure your patients know who you are and the services you provide. The more you work at your reputation, the more patients you will welcome through your doors. You need to manage your reputation management online to ensure that you receive glowing reviews that encourage new patients to contact your practice before contacting any other practice in the area.

Pre-Schedule appointments

When making routine follow up appointments for patients, pre-scheduling them while they are at the practice is the best way to ensure that they come back and also that they keep the appointment. Leaving it up to the patient to make an appointment in six or twelve months doesn’t guarantee they will return to you. By pre-scheduling, you can work to their schedule to ensure you meet their requirements and needs.

Finance Options

Having the facility to offer finance options to patients is a fantastic way to draw new patients to your surgery. When it comes to cosmetic treatments, patients may want to have the ability to pay the amount over a period of time. Speak to finance companies to see if you can arrange and payment plan to enable your patients to have the treatment they want or need without having to pay out the full amount in cash.

Payment Solutions

The final thing I have found that is imperative to ensure my dental practice success is to welcome a host of payment solutions. Some patients prefer carrying cash, others arrive with a credit card or cheque. Whatever their payment solution, we accept it, always ensuring we put our patient first and meet their particular needs every step of the way.

 

Oral Cancer – What You Need to Know

oral cancerThe number of oral cancer cases are increasing on a global scale. Each and every year more than six thousand five hundred people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the United Kingdom alone with a further two thousand fatalities.

In fact, there are more deaths as a result of oral cancer each year in the United Kingdom than cervical and testicular cancer combined. There are a number of signs and symptoms you need to be aware of, helping you identify if you are at risk and ensuring you seek urgent medical or dental treatment to ensure you get treatment quickly and effectively.

As with any type of cancer, the sooner you catch it the better. Treatment can be started to slow the cancer growth or stop it completely, increasing your life expectancy considerably.

According to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, some of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer include swelling in the mouth and velvet red or white patches. The patches can appear on the mouth lining, gums and the tongue.

Some people experience bleeding in the mouth for no reason, others may experience numbness in the face, neck and mouth. Another common symptom is sores in the mouth which don’t heal, this can include ulcers which don’t heal within a few weeks.

People suffering from oral cancer may also experience problems chewing and swallowing, they may also experience voice loss or have a hoarse voice. Not everyone experiences all of the symptoms listed, while others may experience all of the symptoms. This varies from person to person.

Dr Tariq Drabu also advised that men over the age of fifty are at a higher risk than women. Smoking is one of the leading causes of oral cancer. Lifestyle choices have a significant impact on the risk of getting this unwelcome disease.

Those who smoke and those who use smokeless tobacco are in the high risk category for oral cancer. Those that use excessive alcohol and those with a family history of cancer also fall into the high risk category. Others that are considered a high risk of oral cancer include those who have been exposed to the sun for long periods and those with HPV (human papillomavirus).

The survival rate for oral cancer is good when compared to some of the other cancers. Of course the sooner it is caught the better. The one year survival rate is eighty one percent, five year survival rate is fifty six percent and the ten year survival rate is forty one percent.

Dr Tariq Drabu mentioned that it is important for patients throughout the world to keep their routine dental appointments. Routine dental appointments are often cancelled or postponed as patients don’t feel they need to see the dentist. During a routine dental appointment, a dentist will do oral cancer screening and any problems can be caught early to ensure treatment is carried out as soon as possible.

The most common treatment solutions include chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Each patient is unique and the specialist team will identify age and overall health before putting a treatment plan in place that they feel will be the most effective moving forward.

In order to prevent oral cancer, it is advisable to stop smoking, eat a well-balanced diet, reduce alcohol intake and limit sun exposure. While lifestyle is a leading factor that can result in oral cancer, there are some patients who have never smoked a day in their life. Every patient is unique, so keeping your routine dental appointment is the best way to catch this disease early and stop it in its tracks.