Dental specialists should focus on oral cancer prevention

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Oral cancer is documented to be among the most commonly occurring neo-plastic disorders around the globe. The prevalence of oral cancer has been increasing at an alarming rate owing to the excessive use of tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption in the last decade. Scottsdale Arizona dental and oral health care professionals have observed increased tobacco and cigarette smoking in teenagers and children and consider it a major etiologic sign for the development of oral cancer in these individuals later in life. Cigarette smoking not only causes oral cancerous lesions but this also contributes heavily in the occurrence of lung carcinomas. Cigarette smoking also damages your teeth manifesting as teeth discolorations as well as loss of supporting ligaments of teeth causing mobility of teeth leading to eventual tooth loss in the long run.

Children must be educated regarding the bad effects and deleterious consequences of cigarette smoking at an early age in order to enforce prevention regime for the development of malignant cancer lesions in the oral cavity and mouth later on. School management can play a vital role in this regard. It must be emphasized that the Scottsdale dentists include education and motivation in small pediatric patients against this harmful habit of smoking cigarettes whenever they visit the dental office. Dental disease prevention programs at school must include smoking prevention strategies in children as well. Furthermore, parents must be educated to quit smoking tobacco and if they cannot do so, they should never smoke in front of their children and neighborhood teenagers. The following article provides insight into the management planning against oral cancer starting from cradle to the grave.

Are we missing the idea of prevention and starting too late? Dental professionals have direct influence on patients, especially school-age children, for prevention of oral diseases, whether it’s in the dental office or the community. But do we actually take a one-day initiative to get inside the school system setting to educate children on prevention of tobacco use at an early age? Are we taking time to ask children under age 18 if they are using tobacco products?

According to the Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, “thousands of children and adolescents become regular users of tobacco every day.”1 Therefore, it should be a priority for all dental professionals to increase the awareness of tobacco prevention among all school-age children due to the alarming rise of oral cancer and other serious health-related problems associated with use later on in life.


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