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Does nicorette (nicotine gum) gum cause oral cancer?

Does nicorette (nicotine gum) gum cause oral cancer?

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 more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can nicotine replacement lozenges still cause oral cancer?  

Can nicotine replacement lozenges still cause oral cancer?  

Unlikely: Nicotene is addictive but not likely the cause of cancer for those who smoke or chew. Further, it would be very difficult to determine if an ex-smoker who uses nicorete developed cancer because of the gum becuase we know natural tobacco products do... Nicotene is not a known carcinogen but there are many carcinogens in natural tobacco: http://tinyurl. Com/3h74dkv. ...Read more

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Does snus cause oral cancer? Is there anyway do have nicotine and it not cause health problems?

Does snus cause oral cancer? Is there anyway do have nicotine and it not cause health problems?

Sinus infection, no: The sinus cancer is often discovered when a person is being treated for a benign, inflammatory disease, sinusitis. Actually nicotine causes some serious health problem, ...Read more

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Is non alcohol listerine just as good for your teeth and gums as listerine with alcohol bec I hear alcohol listerine causes oral cancer?

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 more

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Does use of nicotine gum cause or worsen gingivitis?

Does use of nicotine gum cause or worsen gingivitis?

Gingivitis: Infection of gum tissue caused by bacteria. In other words if you are not cleaning your mouth properly the tissues will get red, swollen, sore. Smoke, containing nicotine, makes tissues more susceptible to the enzymes and toxins produced by the bacteria. Nicotine in gum is irritating, but not as much as nicotine containing cigarette smoke. Quitting is very hard, but your body will thank you. ...Read more

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I have a lump that's been there 3 weeks on the side of my gum what is this? Oral cancer?

I have a lump that's been there 3 weeks on the side of my gum what is this? Oral cancer?

Lump on tongue: There may be several reasons for a lump on your tongue to develop. However, without a history and or a biopsy it is impossible to tell what it is and I would advise to see an oral surgeon or your dentist asap/. ...Read more

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I am concerned about a red spot on my lower gum. Would like to know if this may be a sign of oral cancer.?

I am concerned about a red spot on my lower gum. Would like to know if this may be a sign of oral cancer.?

Risk: At your age unless you are a heavy smoker or abuse alcohol, cancer risk is low. To be absolutely sure, and for peace of mind, see your Dentist, especially if it doesn't disappear in about 10 days. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Can sensitive gums be a sign of oral cancer?

Can sensitive gums be a sign of oral cancer?

Check-ups: Sore gums can be a sign from gingivitis to trauma from food to other pathology's that need more investigation. It's important that you go to your doctor for regular check-ups and let them know when you have sensitive gums to diagnose properly. ...Read more

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Do nicotine gum and cinnamon candy affect the outcome of an oral swab drug test?

Do nicotine gum and cinnamon candy affect the outcome of an oral swab drug test?

Nicotine maybe,: Cinnamon no. If the oral swab test is looking for cigarette smoking, it measures either nicotine or its major metabolite cotinine (more commonly) and this will be found also in someone using nicotine gum. If they are looking for drugs of abuse, generally nicotine/cotinine are not tested for and will not alter the outcome. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Possible: Oral cancer rates have stayed about 5% of all types with increasing rates in younger age groups that have been associated with hpv. Don't guess with this, I urge you to get it check out asap! ...Read more

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Help plz! Can prolonged use of nicorette (nicotine gum) gum cause aging of the skin?

Help plz! Can prolonged use of nicorette (nicotine gum) gum cause aging of the skin?

Drink water: The gum is not meant to use forever. You can and should wean yourself from it. It may be easier than you think since you broke the behavioral habit. Cut by half each week if possible. Also, be sure to drink 8 glasses (8oz) of water a day to reduce any dehydration wrinkling. Once you can stop the gum, keep properly hydrated and you'll have your originally intended age-appropriate skin. ...Read more

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Can nicotine gum or patches cause hair loss? (male 26 yo)

Can nicotine gum or patches cause hair loss? (male 26 yo)

No firm evidence: There are folk who claim this with stories of constriction of blood vessels, etc. But there is no solid research findings and with all of the interest in fighting this hated habit - you have to know that there would be great big published articles everywhere. It would work too! So, no I do not think nicotine causes hair loss. But there are other good reasons to quit nicotine anyway. Good luck! ...Read more

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White patches on my gums developed 1 year back & I applied creams it was fine, later it started to spread whole mouth? Is it symptom of oral cancer?

White patches on my gums developed 1 year back & I applied creams it was fine, later it started to spread whole mouth? Is it symptom of oral cancer?

Needs evaluated ASAP: This could just be recurrent oral thrush, but you must have cancer ruled out. You can start by seeing your primary care doctor, but you may want to see an oral surgeon to have an expert opinion. ...Read more

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I have a white hardened layer over my gums in my mouth. Originally my dentist said it was a callous but it has spread now. Is it oral cancer?

I have a white hardened layer over my gums in my mouth. Originally my dentist said it was a callous but it has spread now. Is it oral cancer?

Gum area: There are many things that can cause this kind of thing. An oral surgeon has the training and knowledge to determine what it is. See an oral surgeon ...Read more

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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 more

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Needing expert help. I have swollen red gums with tiny white spots below my teeth. Is it oral cancer?

Needing expert help. I have swollen red gums with tiny white spots below my teeth. Is it oral cancer?

Ask your dentist: I doubt that it is cancer. Cancer is a growth which can be seen or felt as a lump of flesh which is new and not supposed to be present normally in an organ like gums. You should get a medical check up to remove any doubts. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Cancer statistics: The outcome for oral cancer in general depends on how advanced your cancer is (stage, grade) gender and location. For your particular situation, you should talk to your own specialist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have two very tiny little lump or bump on each side of my cheeks inside my mouth right next to my gums what is this? I hope that it not oral cancer

Not cancer: First when you have the same condition on both sides of your body it is likely a normal condition
if the spot your are referring is on your cheek opposite your upper six year old molar, it is the duct for the parotid gland. It is one of the larger glands that produces the saliva I (spit) in your mouth. It is scary looking and I have had the? Several times in my office. ...Read more

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Does make mouth pain, growths gum thickenings bumps red patches together always mean oral cancer? If not what else can be.22 occasional smoke marijuana

Does make mouth pain, growths gum thickenings bumps red patches together always mean oral cancer? If not what else can be.22 occasional smoke marijuana

Not always: It could be pre-cancerous inflammation that will resolve once smoking habit is gone. The only way to know for sure what is going on is by having an evaluation by a general dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Been suffering with lhermittes for a month (mris brain&c ok). Could a 5 year addiction to nicotine gum (15x2mg daily) cause vitamin B12 deficiency?

Unrelated.: I think you are saying you have been suffering with lhermitte's sign, and there are no findings on brain and c-spine mris to justify your symptoms. You know that b-12 deficiency can cause it, so you wonder if nicotine gum has caused that. No. Start by talking to your doc about whether you have a b-12 deficiency. Some people simply can't absorb b-12. Ssri discontinuation can also cause lhermitte's. ...Read more

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If blood tests came back good could oral cancer still be a posibility. No lesions but sore areas gums and tongue, hard to swallow and chest hurts?

If blood tests came back good could oral cancer still be a posibility. No lesions but sore areas gums and tongue, hard to swallow and chest hurts?

It depends: Blood tests typically remain unchanged in most cancers other than blood cancer. But it is the examination of the oral cavity which is more important to determine the cause of your mouth sores. Most such situations are not due to oral cancer. It could simply be Canker sores. ...Read more

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Can nicorette (nicotine gum) gum and/or energy drinks cause false heart attack symptoms? Second. Is it dangerous to have low blood pressure?

Can nicorette (nicotine gum) gum and/or energy drinks cause false heart attack symptoms? Second. Is it dangerous to have low blood pressure?

Any stimulant: Like ones you've mentioned can increase palpitations or extra, early heart beats. Low blood pressure is only a concern if you have symptoms. ...Read more

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I gave oral sex few times. Didn't 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?

I gave oral sex few times. Didn't 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 more

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I have sore jaw and gums on the left side of my mouth and red blister ish spots on gums. It feels like I have something in my throat and its sore. Is it possible that I might be suffering from oral cancer?

I have sore jaw and gums on the left side of my mouth and red blister ish spots on gums. It feels like I have something in my throat and its sore. Is it possible that I might be suffering from oral cancer?

Don't worry: Probably viral or bacterial and not cancer. Make an appointment with your dentist for evaluation. He may refer you on to your physician if problem medical and not dental. For your own peace of mind let a pro take a look. ...Read more

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Is there any link between oral cancer and thyroid cancer? Had papillary thyroid cancer now suspicious white/red patch on gums that needs biopsy

Is there any link between oral cancer and thyroid cancer? Had papillary thyroid cancer now suspicious white/red patch on gums that needs biopsy

Not aware: Not aware of any link, but if you have a lesion in your mouth that is different from your normal looking gum, go see a doctor or dentist. ...Read more

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How long does nicotine gum stay in your system?

No pretty gum: Trace amounts of nicotine can be detected in blood and urine for several hours, but it should be gone by 48 hours. However, if you are being tested for nicotine, there is a metabolite of nicotine, called cotinine, which can be detected in blood or urine for as long as 7 to 10 days after your last exposure to nicotine. ...Read more

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Please point me to where I can get free nicotine gum?

Same place that you: Got the free cigarettes. There are some low-cost smoking cessation programs that are publicly sponsored that may offer smoking cessation medications, including gum, lozenges or patches, at low or little cost. However, even if you cannot get them free, the trade-off for what you are already spending on tobacco, and the savings to your health and longer lifespan, are well worth whatever it costs. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Mouth (Oral) Cancer (Definition)

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