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Can Chewing Gum Reduce Oral Cancer Risk
I gave oral sex few times.Didnt get the vaccine.I worry I have high risk oral HPV 16.I have bad teeth and gums.Will oral HPV 16 turn oral cancer?
HPV and oral sex: The fact is that sexual contact, including oral sex can transmit HPV from one person to another. Just for your information the vaccination won’t help after age 20. The use of condoms can prevent the spread of the virus during oral sex. Poor oral health is another risk factor for oral HPV infection. Hope it helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more
I have a painful white spot on my upper gum now I do remember hitting that same spot with a marker but i really scared its oral cancer please help?
Painful white spot: Many oral cancers do not always manifest with pain, however, any kind of lesion that persists, changes size, color, texture orshape should be evaluated by an oral surgeon. Although we can ascertain a possible diagnosis from clinical impression, the only definitive way to tell what something is is to biopsy it and then proceed with appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No evidence: There isn't any evidence that it increases risk for cancer. The real thing to keep in mind is that smoking is just about the worst (if not the worst) thing one can do to their body. It markedly increases your risk of many types of cancer, including oral and throat cancers! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a painless pea sized bump on my upper gum that has been there for six years now. I do not smoke nor drink. Could it be oral cancer?
No physical check of: margin crowns, oral cancer check, status of gums, check fillings, at 1st dds visit. Did do xrays. Should i call his office now?
Is non alcohol listerine just as good for your teeth and gums as listerine with alcohol bec I hear alcohol listerine causes oral cancer?
Mouthwash: Mouthwash is an adjunct product in maintaining your overall oral health, and it is still debated if their use is absolutely necessary. Proper brushing and flossing is more essential. I do not like to endorse products, so I'll advise you the same way I do my patients: use the product that you feel most comfortable with.. it's hard to say what's better or just as good. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi, i just looked at my mouth. On my bottom teeth, i notice there are bloodstreaks/lines on the gums, with some below the gumline. Is this oral cancer?
Unlikely: At your age oral cancer would be highly unlikely. Don't panic. Oral cancers are typically sen in older men who smoke and drink. There may be some kind of infection going on, especially if you have pain and swelling that needs treatment, it could be normal anatomy for you. Can't tell without an exam. See your dentist if you are concerned. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
67y.o. Otherwise healthy male with oral cancer in jaw bone, gums, and lymph nodes. Generally speaking, what is the five year "cure" rate for that?
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