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Smoking and drinking increase risk towards oral cancer and periodontal disease 

Heavy drinking can cause:


Irritation of the gum, tongue and oral tissues.


Poor healing after dental surgery.


Poor dental health habits.


Increase in tooth decay.


Poor compliance in home care to obtain good oral health.


Increases risk toward periodontal (gum) disease


Smoking and drinking are risk factors for higher incidence of tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral cancer.

Drinking is another issue. Heavy drinker are at greater risk of developing cancer in the mouth, throat and esophagus – as well as risking tooth decay from the increased exposure to sugars and acids within the drink. People with alcohol abuse problems have been shown to have a higher incidence of periodontal disease, tooth decay and potentially precancerous oral lesions.

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Alcohol Abuse Can Lead to Poor Oral Health

     Alcohol abuse appears to lead to periodontal disease, tooth decay and mouth sores that are potentially precancerous.   Persons who abuse alcohol are at HIGH risk of having seriously deteriorated teeth, gums and compromised oral health in general.  80% of this group of people have moderate to severe gum disease and decayed teeth with more than one third having potentially precancerous lesions, a rate much higher than the general population in the US.
Dentistry Today Pg 32, June 2003

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The results suggest that persistent alcohol abuse increases periodontitis severe gum disease, development by heightening the loss of attachment through recession of gingival margins. 
J Periodontol 2003;74(4):485-493

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Tobacco Quitline Information

Call 1-866-632-7848 for information, support and follow-up calls as often as you need, anytime, day or night.  Certified counselors will develop a personalized "Quit Plan" to help you by setting specific goals and target dates for quitting and strategies for starving off cravings.  Follow up calls are offered on a regular schedule to provide ongoing support, advice and encouragement.  There is no limit to the number of follow up sessions or calls for support.  All information is confidential.

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Drinking Joins Smoking As Cancer Risk

Researchers representing the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization (WHO), report that excessive consumption of alcohol significantly raises the risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon and breast … and may also be linked with cancer of the pancreas and lung. Moderation is the key recommendation because of alcohol’s protective benefits against cardiovascular disease. In developed countries in 2000, the WHO estimates that alcohol caused 185,000 deaths in men and 142,000 deaths in women, but it prevented 71,000 male deaths and 277,000 female deaths in the same year. Source: 3/06

Alcohol consumption and periodontal disease

This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of alcohol consumption on the severity of periodontal disease.

This cross-sectional study employed 13,198 subjects of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) aged 20 and older who have at least six natural teeth.

Alcohol consumption may be associated with increased severity of CAL in a dose-dependent fashion. Prospective studies and studies of mechanism are needed to confirm the role of alcohol as a risk factor for periodontal disease.

[Tezal M, Grossi SG, Ho AW, Genco RJ. Alcohol consumption and periodontal disease the third National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey. J Clin Periodontol 2004;31(7): 484 - 488.]

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Oral cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S., 9 cases were found in our area just last year. If you catch it early the odds of 5-year survival are 76% . Solution: See us every six months for your examination . We do a no-charge oral cancer check at every exam.

Have worry-spots checked with a painless, non-invasive "brush-biopsy" we can do in our office.

Reduce your risk factors: The use of tobacco products is responsible for 80 to 90% of all oral cancers. A pack of cigarettes a day increases your oral cancer risk 4.5 times; six alcoholic drinks a day, 3.3 times; 7 to 9 drinks a day, 15 times. Heavy alcohol use combined with heavy tobacco use can increase the risk up to 100-fold

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February 06, 2008

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