You know you shouldn’t smoke, and that if you do, you should quit. Nevermind the stains on your teeth and the awful, reeking odor you emit, smoking is a known cause for a maelstrom of dental and medical diseases. Unfortunately, a good portion of the population is addicted to this carcinogenic substance. If there were any way for a person to smoke and yet stay safe, that would certainly make millions for the innovator. For some time, smokers thought that cigarette filters would be able to perform that role. Dr. Mark J. Fleming of Belmont Dental Care wants his Scottsdale, Az., patients to know the ugly facts about smoking and its role in dental disease.

Comparison between smoking with and without filters

In a study which was published in the Journal of Oral Diseases, the incidences of oral cancer among those who smoked filtered cigarettes and those who smoked filterless cigarettes remained the same. This clearly shows that cigarette filters do nothing to prevent oral cancer.

Role of tobacco in the development of oral cancers

According to figures, the use of tobacco is still the leading cause of mouth cancers. It does not matter how you use tobacco, specialists allege that a person’s risk for oral cancer remains the same whether cigars, cigarettes or pipes are smoked. Smoking is implicated in oral cancers, so much so that the World Health Organization estimates that up to a half of the entire population that smokes will eventually end up succumbing to some form of oral cancer. In the United Kingdom alone, oral cancer claims the life of one person every five hours. Dr. Fleming would like to see a much lower rate of that disease for Scottsdale, Az.

Hope for smokers

Happily, the chances of reversing all of your risks for oral cancer are good when you kick the habit. Your risk for oral cancers decreases dramatically in the first year after you stop smoking, and after five years, your risk is about the same as a person who has never smoked.

Other causes of oral cancer

While smoking is the leading cause of oral cancer, there are other causes of this type of malignancy, such as over-consumption of alcohol, and poor diet. The introduction of human papilloma virus (HPV) is also another cause of oral cancer. Ask Dr. Fleming of Scottsdale, Az. about ways to protect yourself from these risks.

Signs of Oral Cancer

One thing which makes oral cancer such a scary form of malignancy is the fact that self-diagnosis is difficult and a screening is required to detect the condition. Nevertheless, signs such as an oral sore which does not heal and any form of oral bleeding could indicate the presence of the disease. Regular checkups at Belmont Dental Care include oral cancer screenings for all of our Scottsdale, Az. patients.

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