We’ve known for some time that there is a connection between oral health and overall wellbeing.
Now, new research suggests that women with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing mouth cancer. Read on to find out more about the findings…
What does the research show?
Previous research has shown that there is a link between oral health and diabetes, but this new study, which was published in Diabetologia, found that women have a 13 percent higher chance of getting oral cancer if they are diabetic. The researchers also claim that women have a 27 percent increased risk of developing any kind of cancer if they have diabetes, while men have a 19 percent increased risk.
More and more studies are revealing the link between oral health and overall wellbeing, and this particular study could help to identify those who are at an increased risk of developing oral cancer. While research in the past has linked diabetes to poor oral health, this new study shows a connection with cancer specifically.
What should we do about it?
The best way to stay on track with your oral health and to pick up on any early signs of mouth cancers is to make regular dental check-ups a priority. If you suffer from diabetes, it’s important to let your dentist know so that they can treat you accordingly. Patients with diabetes are at greater risk of gum disease, and this new research provides another reason to come in for regular dental visits.
Even if you don’t suffer from diabetes, it’s important that you come in for regular check-ups. Regular dental visits can help to prevent serious health issues from occurring at a later stage.
What are the signs of oral cancer?
It’s important that you are aware of some of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, whether you have diabetes or not. Some of the possible signs include sores on the lips or mouth that won’t heal; loose teeth; pain when swallowing; lumps in the neck; white or red patches in your mouth; jaw pain; or a mass of any kind in your mouth. If you experience any of these symptoms, do get in touch so that we can perform a thorough examination and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
What can I expect at a check-up?
When you come in for a consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss any dental concerns you might have. We’ll also give you a full oral assessment and check the health of your teeth, gums and surrounding bone. We’ll also examine your tongue, throat, cheeks and lips for signs of oral cancer. We may recommend that you have x-rays taken so that we can check for decay, cysts and bone loss.
When you visit us, be sure to let us know about your general state of health as this often has an impact on the condition of your teeth and gums, and may affect the treatments we recommend for you.
If you would like to make an appointment, please get in touch.