Posts for tag: oral cancer

Previously, we discussed two popular screening options for detecting oral cancer. Now, we would like to go over what some of the common signs are that may be related to oral cancer. It is important to remember that oral cancer is easily treatable when caught in the early stages. 

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 42,000 people were expected to be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. The best way to detect oral cancer is through screenings, but there are some signs you should look for. Having one of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have oral cancer, but they should not be ignored or left untreated. 

So what signs should you be aware of?

- Pain or soreness in your mouth, tongue, or lips
- Trouble with talking, chewing and eating
- An unexpected shift in your teeth
- Irritation in your mouth or throat that won’t subside
- Patches in your mouth that are red or white

If these symptoms do not go away after roughly two weeks, you should see your dentist immediately.

Dentist in Rockville, MD

If you have never received a screening for oral cancer or would like to be checked again, schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD.

February 06, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Whether you are a smoker or not, whether you know a smoker or not, you probably know how unhealthy smoking is for you. In fact, smoking is arguably the most unhealthy habit you can form. According to the CDC, smoking cigarettes causes 480,000 deaths per year in the US. You can find that fact, and others about smoking, here. When it comes to your dental health alone, smoking can cause your teeth to yellow, increase the plaque and tartar build up in your mouth (leading to gum disease), and increase your risk of developing mouth cancer.



Dr. Jay H. Samuels, DDS, and his entire team, are committed to improving the health and wellness of all their patients, and everyone, in the Rockville, MD area. For this reason, Dr. Samuels wants to offer you a few tips to help you quit smoking. One of the most important things to do to quit smoking is to identify what triggers it.


One of the primary reasons that people smoke is as a method to relieve stress. For this reason, it might be important to manage your stress in order to effectively quit smoking. Some ways to manage your stress other than smoking includes: a massage, meditating, listening to calming music, or trying some yoga.


Another common trigger of smoking is the consumption of alcohol. If this is the case for you, you should try to limit your alcohol intake. When you do consume alcohol, you should ensure that there are no cigarettes available to smoke.


Lastly, many people smoke after they finish their meal. If this is the case for you, try to replace your cigarette with gum or mints. You can also try to replace your cigarette with a tasty treat (just make sure to brush after).


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