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Smoking and Oral Cancer

At this point, everyone in the world knows that smoking is incredibly bad for your health. It causes cancer, leads to shorter lifespans, and permanently stains your teeth a nasty shade of nicotine yellow.

Smoking does more than that, though. One of the aspects of smoking that’s often overlooked is the role it plays in causing oral cancer. If you, or a loved one, has a smoking habit and are looking to quit, these facts about smoking and oral cancer might just do the trick.

What types of cancer?
Oral cancer refers to any type of cancerous growth in the mouth. This includes your teeth, gums, and cheeks. A [dr_type] treats oral cancer, though they’ll work in conjunction with your oncologist.

Dr. Michael Long and Dr. Matthew Thurman have seen many different types of oral cancer. Unfortunately, all cases lead to severe and devastating long-term effects.

What does it cause?
Oral cancer isn’t necessarily fatal if treated early. However, it still presents a huge infection risk to the rest of your body. If oral cancer starts in your gums, it can eat away at that tissue, killing your teeth along with it. Then, you’re left with nothing but an infected mouth.

And where will all that infection travel? You’re right – everywhere else in your body.

Even if you don’t smoke, you can still get oral cancer. Luckily, every appointment here at the practice of [practice_name] in [city], [state], includes an oral cancer screening. This ensures that you’re not developing any issues.

Of course, the best thing you can do to avoid oral cancer is to avoid smoking tobacco at all. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at [phone].

Keep Bad Breath Away

Do you struggle with embarrassing bad breath? If so, you are not alone. Halitosis is a condition that causes persistent bad breath and could be a sign of gum disease. Here at our dental office in [city], [state], our team is dedicated to your oral care, which is why are happy to provide you with this information on how to keep bad breath at bay.

Halitosis is a condition that keeps bacteria in your mouth that could be causing your bad breath. There are many triggers for halitosis, however the best way to fight it is to talk to Drs. Long and Thurman. Your dentists will be able to give you more information and determine if gum disease is the culprit of your bad breath. If not, there are other things you can do to fight it.

Brushing every day for twice a day, while flossing every night are key factors in fighting bad breath. Using a mouthwash to fight the rest of the bacteria can also be effective at clearing your mouth of bad breath. Sometimes, bacteria can stick to your tongue, so be sure to scrape and wash your tongue off, to keep bacteria from spreading.

The most important thing to remember is to visit your dentists regularly. Regular dental checkups are vital to your oral health. If you would like to schedule your appointment, please call us today at [phone]. Our team is always happy to assist your smile and help keep your smile clean and fresh.