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Should Your Family Use Mouthwash?

Posted in Oral Cancer

Mouthwash is an essential breath-freshener for most people. Others avoid it because they fear ingredients that can supposedly lead to oral cancer.

Is mouthwash safe? Should you stock it with your family’s hygiene supplies?

Know What’s in Your Mouthwash

Mouthwashes won’t cause oral cancer. Some people worry about this because most rinses contain alcohol. The alcohol itself doesn’t have any health benefits. It’s just a preservative and helps the other ingredients to stay evenly mixed.

The alcohol content won’t increase your risk for oral cancer if you only rinse for 30 seconds or less every day.

Choose the Right Mouthwash

Mouthwash can be a very effective adjunct to your oral hygiene routine. Just make sure that you choose a formula that contains things that will help your family.

Some rinses are little more than alcohol and flavoring. These blends will ironically only dry out your mouth and potentially increase the risk of bad breath.

Other mouthwashes contain fluoride, which strengthens enamel against cavities. Still others contain antibacterial agents such as essential oils to prevent plaque bacteria buildup.

If you choose to use a mouthwash, remember that it’s not a replacement for brushing and flossing. Select one that will deliver the benefits your family needs.

Keep Mouthwash Out of Reach of Children

Even kids’ mouth rinses can be dangerous if ingested in large quantities. Keep those sweet colorful formulas high out of the reach of your kids so that they aren’t tempted to drink it like juice.

Mouthwashes can be very effective, but you need to know how to use them.

If you’d like to add a mouth rinse to your family’s routine, ask your general dentist for advice.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000


Reducing Your Risk For Oral Cancer

Posted in Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can happen to anyone, but the majority of cases are related to lifestyle choices.  By making some simple changes, you can reduce your chance of contracting this disease.

  • Tobacco Products: any people with oral cancer use some form of tobacco product.  Whether you smoke tobacco or chew it, it’s important for your oral health that you make the decision to quit.
  • Drinking Alcohol:  Moderation is very important when it comes to consuming alcohol, which is also linked to oral cancer.  Alcohol use is a common factor in nearly a third of all oral cancer diagnoses.  If you use tobacco and consume alcohol, your risk of oral cancer becomes 30 times more likely.
  • Oral HPV:  The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that is quickly catching up to tobacco use as the most common cause of oral cancer.
  • Poor Diet Choices:  Many oral cancer diagnoses can be linked, at least in part, to poor food choices.  A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, vitamin C and calcium have shown a decreased risk of oral cancer.
  • Excessive Sun Exposure:  When applying sun protection, the lips are often overlooked; yet excessive, repeated sun exposure increases your risk of lip cancer.  Remember to apply lip protection when heading outside.

Oral Health

Making healthy lifestyle choices is the first step to reducing your risk of oral cancer.  You can also conduct monthly self exams at home.  With the aid of a small mirror, inspect your mouth thoroughly for concerning areas.  If you notice any lumps, sore spots or discolored red or white patches, call your dentist right away.  Visiting your dentist for regular oral cancer exams is one of the best ways to protect your smile’s future.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018


Oral Cancer Detection and Treatment

Posted in Oral Cancer

Oral cancer, also known as mouth or throat cancer, is a cancer that develops in the tissues of the mouth and throat. It is frequently caused from smoking or chewing tobacco, and some strains of oral cancer are also caused from HPV (the virus that causes herpes or genital warts).  Oral cancers are also seen frequently in people who drink excessive amounts of alcohol on a regular basis.

Oral cancers can be treated in many different ways.  Simple oral cancers are removed by a dentist or oral surgeon.  Extensive damage may require medication or chemotherapy, depending on the type.

One of the best preventions against oral cancer is to avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.  The nicotine and other substances in cigarettes and chewing tobacco are known to cause many different types of cancers, including oral or mouth cancers.  Other steps to help prevent oral cancers include limiting how much you drink each day, and being vaccinated against HPV if you are young and have not been sexually active yet.  Although there are many different strains of HPV, the vaccine does help prevent against the types that are more aggressive in causing cancers.

Routine check-ups by your dentist will help identify any suspicious lesions or sores in your mouth that may be cancerous or pre-cancerous.  If you are concerned about a sore, blister, or other type of lesion or rash in your mouth, contact your dentist for an immediate evaluation.  Your dentist can examine the area, take a small sample for investigation under a microscope if necessary, and refer you to a specialist if required.  Rest assured, though, that mouth sores in your mouth are not cancerous.  If you have any concerns, see your dentist right away.

Posted on the behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates


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