Dental Problems Of The Dentist

1564 WordsMay 9, 20157 Pages
If you are diagnosed with any type of Head and Neck cancer, the last person you would think about visiting is your dentist. Most patients are surprised when told that they will have to see a dentist before any cancer treatments can be started. The dentist plays an important role in preventing serious mouth problems before and after your radiation treatments and also helps you maintain good oral health during and after your treatments. Dental problems such as gum disease, cavities, and poorly fitting dentures can get worse during treatments. This will be crucial not only for esthetic purposes but for functionality of your mouth as well. Head and neck cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the United States. It is estimated that 59,340 people, in which 43,390 will be men and 15,950 women, will develop head and neck cancer. Cancers that arise in the head and neck usually begin in the squamous cells that line the moist, mucosal surfaces. Head and neck cancers can also begin in the salivary glands, but these cancers are very uncommon. Cancers of the head and neck are categorized by where they begin. The categories include; oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, and salivary glands.  Gonzalez 2 Alcohol, tobacco use, prolonged sun exposure, viral infections, and environmental exposures all have been general etiologic risk factors for head and neck cancers. Recent studies now show that the lack of proper
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