Friday, 20 May 2016

Stop Smoking to Reduce Risk of Mouth Cancer

Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, advises patients that there is a significant increase in the number of mouth cancer cases being diagnosed in the United Kingdom each and every year.

This top Manchester based dentist has advised that more public awareness is needed regarding oral cancer. While the figures continue to rise year after year, the number of people actually aware of this cancer is limited. In fact, according to Tariq Drabu, oral cancer is now the tenth most common cancer in men and the fifteenth most common cancer in women throughout the country.

Effects of Smoking

Smoking has a negative effect on the body, according to Tariq Drabu. He also mentioned that most people who smoke are aware of the dangers, but find that giving up the habit is harder said than done. Some of the side effects of smoking include lung disease, heart disease and an increased risk of stroke.

Interestingly what most people don't know is that more than ninety percent of oral cancer cases are lifestyle related, the majority of which are related to those who smoke. Giving up smoke does and will reduce your risk of being diagnosed with oral cancer now or later.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a serious concern nationwide. There are seven thousand five hundred new cases being diagnosed in the United Kingdom each and every year, of this more than two thousand patients die each year from this horrific disease.

As with any form of cancer, catching the disease in the early stages increases chances of recovery. Diagnosing and treating cancer in the early stages can increase lifespan by more than five years.

The role of the dental profession

As a dental professional, Tariq Drabu feels that dentists could play a more important role in smoking cessation than they are already. Currently dentists are responsible for diagnosing and treating tooth and gum issues, they also play a vital role in diagnosing potential oral cancer and ensuring patients get the confirmation and treatment they deserve.

Tariq Drabu mentioned that because smoking is one of the top causes for oral cancer, he believes that dentists should take the time to educate their patients on smoking and oral cancer, the links between the two along with options to help the patients stop smoking without delay.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Aging - Increased Oral Health Risk

Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, has advised that aging increases the risk of  poor oral health and having a good oral health routine from a young age and ensuring that you continue caring for your teeth is the best way to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible.

Increased risk of tooth decay

Tariq Drabu did mention that one of the biggest concerns as we age is that our teeth wear. Even though following a fantastic oral hygiene routine at home will improve the level of oral health you experience in older age, it will not reduce your risk of having some cavities at some stage. No matter how much care you take, your teeth will wear down and in turn, this will result in your tooth decay risk being increased.

He recommends that any sensitivity should be investigated by a dentist immediately. Older patients should also not miss their routine dental appointment, enabling the dentist to identify problems as soon as possible.

Dry Mouth

As you age, you will be on certain medications for different conditions, some of these medications can result in dry mouth. Dry mouth is a serious condition that reduces saliva production and as a result allows bacteria to stick to the teeth. Saliva is alkaline and helps to protect the teeth against acids and bacteria.

Gum Disease

As you age your fine motor skills deteriorate, which can make it harder for you to brush and floss effectively. Without proper brushing and flossing, you miss plaque, which builds up to become sticky tartar and in turn, this can lead to gum disease. If you notice any of the gum disease signs, Tariq Drabu recommends visiting the dentist soonest. Gingivitis is mild gum disease, but the risk of serious periodontal disease is very real in older patients.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a very serious risk of any older patients. More than seven thousand people are diagnosed with this cancer every single year in the United Kingdom. The majority, around ninety percent, are due to lifestyle choices. According to Tariq Drabu, the risk of getting this cancer is increased with age.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Dental Facts That May Have You Visiting the Dentist Sooner Than You Thought

Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist, advised that many people in the United Kingdom avoid the dentist until they have little choice. Often a patient will wait until they are in so much pain that they need to make an appointment. In most instances patients will miss their routine appointments, cancelling or postponing the appointment indefinitely, all to their own oral health detriment.

There are some facts patients need to be aware of, which may help them make their routine dental appointment and ensure they visit the dentist before the pain really gets bad. Tariq Drabu has put some fun facts together which may have you dialling your dentist without delay.

  • Women smile on average sixty two times a day. If you have poor oral health, stains on your teeth or misaligned teeth then you are not going to enjoy smiling and chances are you are going to cover your mouth. Visiting your dentist can help you improve your oral health, you can have tooth whitening procedures done in confidence and they can recommend alignment solutions based on your unique dental needs.

  • Children are costing the NHS millions each year. More and more children are being admitted to hospital to have their teeth extracted under general anesthetic than ever before. The concern, according to Tariq Drabu, is that these children's decay is so severe it cannot be treated in the dental chair.

  • More than fifteen thousand children are being hosptialised for tooth extractions across the country each year. This has resulted on a strain on hospitals, longer operating hours and some children having to wait up to a year for an appointment. This means children are being left in pain until they can secure their appointment. This is something parents need to think about when giving their children sugared foods and drinks.

  • Periodontal disease is another serious concern across the country. This severe gum disease can result in tooth loss if ignored. Visiting the dentist regularly can ensure that any gum disease is managed effectively, reducing the risk of it getting to this point.

  • 7.591 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the United Kingdom each and every year. This form of cancer results in 2,119 deaths each year. The concern is that ninety one percent of the cases are preventable.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Tariq Drabu Points Out the Importance of Caring for Baby Teeth

Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon who works from his successful practice, the Langley Dental Practice in Middleton. Tariq Drabu's concern is that many parents don't show much attention to their childs baby teeth, because these are the temporary teeth children have before their permanent teeth push through. The problem is that baby teeth can still cause pain and this is the result that so many children are finding themselves in hospital to have teeth extracted under general anesthetic.

The reasons parents should be focusing on their childs oral health with baby teeth include:

  • Tooth decay is the most chronic disease worldwide and affects millions of children in the United Kingdom. It is currently costing the NHS millions to admit children into hospital to have decayed baby teeth extracted. In addition to this, there are children that are waiting more than a year to secure an appointment.
  • Children who have cavities in their baby teeth are at a higher risk of having cavities in their permanent teeth in the future.
  • There are thousands of children in the country who aren't getting treatment for their tooth decay.
  • Children with tooth decay will experience unwelcome pain, along with problems eating and talking. This can affect their everyday lives, having a negative impact on their school work and social lives.
  • Children who have had one or more of their baby teeth extract stand a higher chance of their permanent tooth coming in the wrong place or having poor alignment, which could result in the child needing orthodontic care in the future to fix the issue.

Parent education

Tariq Drabu has advised that the only way to reduce the risk of children developing cavities in their baby teeth and enjoying good oral health is to educate the parents. Parents should be leading by example and this includes eating a healthy and well balanced diet, brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes per brushing and flossing.

Children who learn the importance of oral health at a young age and get into a routine regarding their oral health are more likely to follow this routine into adulthood. Parents should encourage their children to brush their teeth before bed and again in the morning with a fluoride toothpaste to aid in the prevention of cavities and decay moving forward.