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Tobacco and Oral Cancer

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When referring to a cancer that is largely preventable, oral cancer tops the list. This is due to the fact that 90% of all oral cancer diagnoses are linked to lifestyle choices. While alcohol consumption, HPV and poor diet all contribute to your risk for oral cancer, tobacco use continues to be the leading cause. Tobacco use includes cigarettes and smokeless tobacco!

If you are a smoker, you may be well aware of the damage it is doing to your lungs and general health. However, you may overlook the direct threat your cigarettes are posing to your mouth. Tooth discoloration is certainly an unwanted complication, but oral cancer can be a deadly consequence. Smokers are three times more likely to develop mouth cancer than non-smokers. Smoking can turn your saliva into a toxic solution that damages the cells inside your mouth and can eventually turn them into cancerous cells.

Think your safe if you use tobacco but don’t smoke? Think again. While you may be doing your lungs a favor by opting for smokeless tobacco, you are still inviting a serious risk into your mouth. In fact, smokeless tobacco contains twice as much nicotine than a cigarette and a single can of chewing tobacco can release as much nicotine into your body as 60 cigarettes! Nicotine is known as a vasoconstrictor; therefore it restricts proper blood flow that your oral tissues need to thrive. It can also make it more difficult for your body to heal itself if you have a sore or wound inside the mouth. Research also suggests that second-hand smoke is a probable cause of mouth cancer.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so take a close look at your lifestyle choices and visit your dentist for an oral cancer screening. At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we conduct oral cancer screenings at your routine dental checkups. It is a painless screening that only takes a few minutes. If you learn one fact about oral cancer, know that detecting it early can save your life. Persistent mouth sores, numbness, swelling or other changes in your oral tissues can be your first warning sign to a very serious cancer. If you decide to kick your tobacco habit, you can reduce your risk for oral cancer by more than a third!

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Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC – Roswell Dentist
1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 678-459-2990

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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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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Roswell, GA 30076

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