FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- WHAT ARE THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TOBACCO CHEWING ON ORAL HEALTH?
Tobacco, especially chewing is injurious to oral health as it contains areca nut which releases acid that destroys the soft tissues leading to observable changes in the oral cavity that may lead to oral cancer.
- DOES ALCOHOL AFFECT THE ORAL CAVITY?
Alcohol along with tobacco chewing may cause oral cancer.
- DOES MOUTH ODOUR SUGGEST ANY SYSTEMIC DISEASE?
Yes, many systemic diseases and disorders produce specific odours in the mouth, which can be helpful to diagnose a disease.
- WHAT DOES THE WHITE PATCH IN THE ORAL CAVITY INDICATE?
In a patient with tobacco habit, any change in the soft tissues such as white patch indicate precancerous stage which cautions to quit the habit and early treatment is necessary.
- WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR REDUCED MOUTH OPENING?
There are many causes for reduced mouth opening. The most common causes include chronic tobacco chewing, impacted teeth, TMJ disorders and fractures of jaw bones.
- DOES CHRONIC TOBACCO USAGE CAUSE BURNING SENSATION ON TAKING SPICY FOOD?
Yes, especially chewing tobacco such as gutka erodes the mucosa leading to burning sensation on taking spicy food and intolerance to hot food.
- DO CHANGES IN THE ORAL CAVITY SUGGEST ANY DEFICIENCIES?
Yes, especially tongue shows remarkable changes in deficiencies of hemoglobin, vitamins and trace elements.
- CAN ORAL CANCER BE DIAGNOSED AT EARLY STAGES?
Yes, regular visit to the dentist, especially patients with tobacco chewing habit; will be helpful to diagnose any changes at early stages and can be treated at the earliest.
- WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER?
There are many signs and symptoms of oral cancer, few of them are:
White and red patches, ulcer which is long standing, painless growth.
- CAN AUTO IMMUNE DISEASES AFFECTING THE ORAL CAVITY BE TREATED?
Yes, other than emergencies, any autoimmune disorders affecting the oral cavity can be treated. In few patients, oral cavity shows the first symptoms before systemic involvement.
- ARE ALL WHITE PATCHES DANGEROUS?
No, even in few normal physiologic conditions white patches can be seen. Any change in the patient with tobacco habit can be suspected to be abnormal.
- DOES STRESS AFFECT ORAL CAVITY?
Yes, stress has many adverse effects on the overall health of person; likewise oral cavity is also affected. Few of them are oral lichen planus, muscle pain, etc.
- DENTAL RADIOGRAPHS, IF REPEATED, HAVE HARMFUL EFFECTS ?
No, dental radiographs contribute to very less radiation which is negligible when compared to harmful dosage of radiation.
- ARE ALL THE MEDICATIONS THAT ARE USED TO TREAT DENTAL INFECTIONS ARE SAFER FOR PREGNANT WOMEN?
No, all the medications are not safe for pregnant women. Few medications that are safe should be prescribed.
- FOR ORAL CANCER PATIENTS, THE DENTAL TREATMENTS ARE TO BE DONE BEFORE RADIOTHERAPY OR AFTER RADIOTHERAPY?
All the dental treatments should be done before radiotherapy is started as it prevents many complications.
- WHAT IS CBCT? WHEN IS IT ADVISED?
CBCT is a form of CT which shows the structures 3-dimensionally and is used specially for dental problems such as implant placement, and any bone pathologies.
- ARE X- RAYS DANGEROUS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN? IS IT AN ABSOLUTE CONTRAINDICATION?
In pregnant patients, radiographs can be taken in emergency conditions if proper radiation safety and protective measures are taken.