Oral Cancer Kills: Essential Reasons Why Oral Health Must Be Taken Seriously, According To Dental Surgeon.
As the world marks Oral Health Day, it is very important to note that oral cancer kills; People are dying due to oral cancer, According to Dental Surgeon, Dr. Louisa Ansong-Setakla.
Oral health is an important indicator of general health, happiness, and quality of life. It covers a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including dental.
Oral hygiene is the practice of regularly brushing one’s teeth and cleaning between the teeth to keep one’s mouth clean and clear of disease and other problems. Oral hygiene must be practiced on a regular basis in order to avoid dental disease and bad breath.
What is Oral Cancer?
It is crucial to know that oral cancer is one of the diseases people contract in their mouth.
Any part of the mouth can acquire cancer.
Tobacco use, excessive drink consumption, and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection are all risk factors. A sore that does not resolve, a lump, or a white or red patch on the inside of the lips are all symptoms. Surgery and radiation treatments are used in treatment. Chemotherapy may be needed in some cases.
Signs and Symptoms
Areas of pain: ear, mouth, or mouth and face
Pain situations: can arise while swallowing.
Ulcers, bad odor, or red and white plaques in the mouth
Cervical lymphadenopathy and cough are also prevalent.
Treatment Depends On The Stages
Surgery and radiation treatments are used in treatment. Chemotherapy may be needed in some cases.
Dr. Louisa Ansong-Satekla has emphasized that death from oral diseases is preventable, so members of the public should make it a routine to see a dentist as soon as they notice a dental issue.
On the sidelines of the World Oral Health Day commemoration at the Duala Medical Centre, Burma Camp, Accra, the Dental Surgeon spoke.
She stated to the public that “we all give oral health the attention it so desperately needs and requires because oral health forms a great part of our overall well-being and so this is why a such as this is being commemorated and we’re doing so much, especially in this part of the world where oral health is so important.”
“It’s important that we book appointments to see our dentists even when there’s nothing wrong,” the Official FDI World Dental Federation Ambassador for World Oral Health Day stressed.
She urged patients to see a dentist at least twice a year “just to make sure everything is okay because we’re losing more and more people to diseases like oral cancer, which should not be the case.”
“Early detection saves lives,” she said emphatically. “It’s critical that we take note of these things and then take appropriate action.”
Dr. Louisa Satekla presided over the World Oral Health Day commemoration, which was organized and hosted at the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Duala Medical Centre, Burma Camp, Accra, on Monday, March 20, 2023, with the theme: Be proud of your mouth.