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Smoking and Oral Cancer

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Oral cancer is a type of cancer that develops within the mouth or anywhere in the oral cavity. This includes the lips, tongue, throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx and sinuses! While oral cancer can be caused by several different factors, smoking cigarettes is the biggest lifestyle risk. In fact, The Mouth Cancer Foundation found that 90% of those with oral cancer consumed tobacco. If you are smoker as well as a heavy alcohol drinker, your risk increases even more.

The chemicals found in tobacco smoke can cause and promote cancer. These carcinogenic chemicals cause genetic changes or mutations in cells within the oral cavity, leading to the development of oral cancer. This occurs during inhalation while smoking or through direct contact while chewing tobacco products.

Oral Cancer is Serious

While oral cancer is not the most talked about cancer, it is no less serious. In fact, mouth cancer can be deadly. 9,750 people die from oral cancer each year in the United States. Oral cancer represents 2.2% of all cancer deaths our country. Not only are smokers more likely to die from oral cancer than those who have never smoked, but the risk of dying increases with the amount of cigarettes smoked per day. How can you avoid these devastating statistics? Learn how to prevent it and detect it early.

Preventing and Detecting Oral Cancer

If you are smoker, your first step of prevention is to kick your habit. Healthy lifestyle choices to avoid oral cancer include no tobacco use as well as a balanced diet and exercise. It is equally important to recognize the warning signs of oral cancer so that you can seek medical help at its earliest, most treatable stage.

Here are a few oral cancer symptoms and signs to look for:

  • Feeling of a lump or object in your throat
  • Numbness, pain or tenderness in your mouth and tongue
  • Troubling moving your jaw or tongue with chewing, swallowing or speaking
  • Loose teeth with no apparent dental cause
  • Lingering sore throat
  • White or red patches or sores that do not heal

If you are experiencing any of these signs, contact Mitzi Morris, DMD. We also conduct oral cancer screenings during our routine dental exams for your convenience. urge you to have regular oral cancer screenings in our office. The earlier this type of cancer is detected, the quicker we can help you and the more successful your treatment can be.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Going to a new dentist can be stressful, but this experience was the BEST I have ever had. Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields are a cut above the rest, and they offer state of the art technology, and an environment that takes the sting out of going to the dentist for sure. Conveniently located in Roswell, the staff is caring, patient-focused, and efficient. I've never smiled so much at a dentist's office! I highly recommend friends and family making their next visit to this dentist. Pain free!!!!

    Lesley G
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C

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