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Oral cancer

There are several abnormal soft-tissue conditions which can be detected by careful examination. Few have the potential to be oral cancer. Early detection is important. If you notice any changes please don’t hesitate to consult Dr. Hoffmeyer without delay.

Signs can e.g. be persistent sores that bleed easily and don’t heal within a couple of weeks, red or white lesions and patches, pain or numbness, a lump, swelling or eroded area, difficulty chewing or swallowing or a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth.

You can eliminate known cancer risk factors like tobacco (smoking and smokeless tobacco), heavy alcohol (30 drinks a week or more) consumption and extensive sunlight exposure (lip cancer).

Studies have indicated that a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables may aid in preventing development of precancerous lesions.

Dr. Hoffmeyer will be using Vizilite Plus to help detect oral abnormalities. The earlier any lesions are found, the simpler and more successful treatment usually is.


Chemo- and Radiation Cancer Therapy

The presence of uncontrolled periodontal disease can complicate chemo- and radiation- therapy and vice versa.

Oral complications include dry mouth, inflamed gums, mouth ulcers, infection, difficulty speaking, chewing, swallowing, dental decay, enamel / root erosion, loss of taste sensation, jaw stiffness, delayed healing.

Therefore oral pretreatment is essential to reduce the risk and severity of oral complications and pain, avoid oral surgery and improve overall health.

Daily oral hygiene routine is very important. Brush and floss gently, use fluoride toothpaste, topical fluoride applications may be prescribed, avoid candy and soda unless it is sugar-free.
Avoid tobacco and alcohol and sharp food objects.
For a sore mouth, rinse with semi-warm water mixed with ¼ teaspoon baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon salt, followed with plain water rinse.

Enamel erosion due to vomiting (gastric acids) can be prevented rinsing your mouth with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water to neutralize the acid and followed by using a fluoride rinse. Your oncologist may consider prescribing antinausea medication.

Please inform Dr. Hoffmeyer of your therapy.


IV Bisphosphonates

Drugs used in treatment of metastatic bone cancer to help decrease pain and fractures, may develop osteonecrosis of the jaw.
It is recommended that you receive a periodontal examination prior to this treatment.
This way, if periodontal surgery is needed, it can be performed prior to receiving bisphosphonate therapy.


Awareness Ribbon Meanings

For more info

Cancer ribbons:
Male breast Hereditary breast Inflam-
matory breast
Pancreas, Thyroid Brain



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