Tobacco was discovered by Christopher Columbus along with the Americas in 1492. He saw the natives there smoking these products and added this to his journal. Since then I am sure tobacco has contributed to billions of death and will continue to cause billions more in the coming centuries.
It should be a common knowledge that the gums (gingiva) are a very important part of the oral cavity and plays a major role in keeping the mouth and the teeth healthy.
Early detection for oral cancer is possible with self examination every month and visiting the dentist or specialist for further investigations when required.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women in the world and the one that kills the most as well. In 2008, about 1.4 million new cases were detected and 458,000 women died due to breast cancer all around the world (Globocan 2008, IARC).
There are more than 100 forms of cancers and the signs/symptoms vary for each type. We will deal with that in the posts on specific forms of cancer.
A year ago, a 13 year old boy from Mahottari came to my clinic with the complaint of restricted mouth opening and burning sensation in the inner cheeks. Hardly a single finger would go between his teeth. On history and examination we concluded that it was Oral Submucus fibrosis.
Tattoos or Piercings have been practiced in the world since ancient times in many cultures all over. We can still meet old ladies of various communities in Nepal who have these inks printed on their hands and legs and many with multiple piercings in their ears or nose. Many cultures around the world had these traditions with an esthetic appeal to it.
In this post today, I would like to elucidate you upon the various modalities of treatment that you may face. A simple explanation of each and the decision making you and the dentist have to go through.
The key to prevention of Early Childhood Caries or any other form of caries lies in dealing prudently with the causes underscored in the last post. The principle of prevention has to do with limiting exposure to sugar, reducing the amount of germs or bacteria that child has, protecting the teeth with fluoride, and visiting the dentist.
Having knowledge of the cause of the disease will undoubtedly help us in prevention of this disease. As we continue on the path of Oral Health for our child, the forthcoming script will deal with the basic components that lead to decay of teeth or dental caries.
Traditionally, the number of parents bringing their children for a regular dental check up is nix, naught and nothing, at least in our developing world. The bell rings only when the teeth are rotten, ugly and unsalvageable or when the child complains of pain or a big swelling appears on their cheeks or neck.