AM I AT RISK FOR ORAL CANCER?
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Have you ever had oral cancer?Yes No
Do you smoke cigarettes?Never Former User < 1 pack per day 1 pack or more per day
Do you use chewing or smokeless tobacco?Never Former User/Rarely Current User
Do you smoke cigars or pipes?Never Former User/Rarely Current User
How many alcoholic drinks do you typically have in one week?0 1 – 7 8 – 14 > 14
What is happening in the mouth during a meal?Every time you eat you feed oral bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria begin with the formation of acids, that dissolve tooth enamel. Over time the saliva washes away the acid and remineralises softened tooth areas. If pH of the mouth is below 5.5, the saliva can no longer effectively remineralise teeth, which increases the risk of caries. Read more
Is fruit good for your teeth?It all depends on the type of fruit we eat. Fruit in its composition varies, so it can leave different effects on your teeth. People often prefer fruits than vegetables, because of sugary taste. There are different ways you can eat fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, in the form of juices or jams). Read more
Are sour foods and drinks harmful to teeth?If you often crave for this type of food and drinks, it can start the processes of tooth erosion. The tooth enamel begins to decompose under the influence of acids. In the food and beverages you can find a variety of acids. An important factor is the number of times per a day such food is eaten. If food contains acid, you can check in the ingredients table on the back of the packaging. Even fruits and vegetables may contain acid. Teeth are made in a way that they can withstand a variety of oral pH. Teeth are remineralised with saliva, which protects teeth. Despite consuming acidic food and drink, we can maintain healthy teeth. Like everywhere, even in the diet, there are some limits, which should be taken into consideration, so that we do not start the detriment of our own teeth. There is no need to absolutely avoid acidic food. You should just take into account that it is not consumed to often during a day. Read more
What are effects of alcohol on oral health?
Alcoholism can also cause problems in the aspect of oral health. It has been proven that people, who are dependent on alcohol, perform oral hygiene that is less frequently and more poorly.
Frequent contact of alcohol with oral mucosa causes increased risk for oral cancer. People who drink a lot of alcohol tend to have gums that bleed more severely. The cause is often in altered function of the liver, since liver normally produce substances that are necessary for the formation of a blood clot. Wounds heal more difficult and slower and are more susceptible to various infections. Read more