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Posts for category: Oral Health & Cancer

By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
November 10, 2015
Tags: Tooth Brushing   hygiene  

Your Mouth May Be Making You Sick!

Is Your Mouth Making You Sick?It is certainly not a secret that the health of your mouth and your overall health are closely related.  Having an unhealthy mouth can contribute to a multitude of problems inluding cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.  This is a great graphic that shows what some of those relationships are.  The message here is keep you mouth healthy to avoid other bad health risks.  It seems that regular checkups and cleanings really, really do make a difference.

This graphic is provided by Atlanta Dental Spa and Pintrest at www.atlantadentalspa.com It has a lot of good information.

80% of American adults have some level of gum disease.

If you have diabetes and bleeding gum your risk of premeature death increases as much as 700%!

Gum disease increases the risk of Alzheimers disease, head and neck cancer and both Pancreatic and Kidney cancer.

Peopole with gum disease are more likely to die from heart disase and stroke.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
November 03, 2015
Tags: cavities   smoking  

Your Smoking Is Giving Your Children Cavities!

Children Living With Smokers More Likely To Develop CavitiesI think it is safe to to say that almost everyone knows that smoking tobacco is not a healthy activity.  It leads to numberous health problems for your lungs, heart and blood pressure.  It can cause cancer, stroke and early death.  But did you know how it is affecting your children?

Recently, the American Dental Assosciation released a study from Kyoto Univeristy in Japan that found young children who lived in households with smokers were far more likely to develop dental cavities than kids who lived in non-smoking homes.  Kids who lived with smokers were more than twice as likely to get cavites at three years of age than kids in non-smoking homes.  The ADA states that early exposure secondhand smoke greatly adds to the likehood of getting early dental decay.  Secondhand smoke for 4 month olds contribute to cavities by age three.  See the complete study here.

The graphic here on the left highlights smoking and its harms and shows where in the nation it is its worse.  Do yourself and your kids a favor and stop smoking now.  It is the best thing you can do for your health and your kids health.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
April 19, 2015

April is national oral cancer month.

April Is Oral Cancer MonthLook at these startling statistic from the United Kingdom concerning oral cancer.  This month in the United States is National Oral Cancer Month.  Do yourself a favor and look over this infographic.  It could save you face or your life.

If you are a heavy smoker, drinker of alcohol, have a poor diet or chew tobacco products then are in a high risk category.  The primary syptoms of oral cancer are mouth ulcers or patches and lumps or bumps.

It is important for yor to know that this is a potential life threatening disease and should be taked seriously.  See your dentist for an oral cancer screening.  It could very much save your life.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle, Bohle Family Dentistry
August 06, 2013
Tags: Skin Cancer   Melanoma   Squamous Cell  

Skin Cancer and Dentistry: Everything You Need to Know    By: Lauren Hapeman

Out of several types of skin cancer, two can be detected clinically by an oral health professional: squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Both types originate from separate layers of the skin, and they also differ in appearance, the way that they spread, the types of treatment that are given, and their survival rates. It is important to receive a brief intra-oral exam from your oral health professional at every appointment to ensure that the tissues are healthy and that no types of skin cancer are present on the lips, tongue, cheeks, or gums. Due to their ability to detect cancerous lesions early, oral cancer screenings save lives literally every day.

Malignant Melanoma

Skin cancers can fall into two categories (depending on whether or not they are deadly): melanoma and non-melanoma. Malignant melanoma is a dangerous type of skin cancer that, if not detected and treated immediately, can spread to other sites in the body. It is responsible for 85% of all skin cancer deaths. Unlike other types of skin cancer, malignant melanoma spreads in a vertical direction, making excision less discrete. As malignant melanoma spreads, prolonged radiation therapy becomes a necessity. In the mouth, ulcers that are malignant melanoma are red, blue, or purple. They are also raised and can bleed easily. The main cause of malignant melanoma is excessive tanning or exposure to the sun. As melanocytes, the cells that produce the melanin pigmentation, receive excessive UV exposure, they can become irregular and metastasize, resulting in cancer. Exposure to UV rays is a consequence of simply being outdoors, but wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher can prevent malignant melanoma.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

A less serious, but nevertheless caustic condition is squamous cell carcinoma, which originates in the stratum germinatum, or bottom layer of the skin. Unlike malignant melanoma, the prognosis for squamous cell carcinoma is fairly good. Of course, there is a better outlook for lesions that are diagnosed early, as they typically have not spread. Squamous cell carcinoma is caused by exposure to UV radiation through natural sources, like sunlight, or artificial sources, such as tanning beds. This particular type of skin cancer can also be caused by extreme exposure to heat, which is a consequence of smoking pipes and other tobacco products. When used together, alcohol and tobacco products present a greater risk for skin cancer than simply using one or the other by itself. Squamous cell carcinoma can be detected as a dark red, pink, or purple raised lesion that feels scaly in texture. It can be found on most skin surfaces (the ears, neck, nose, and lips) or in the oral cavity. Following a positive diagnosis, treatment includes cryotherapy (freezing of the lesion), surgical excision, and skin creams. If the squamous cell carcinoma spreads to other areas of the body, radiation treatment may be necessary, but is not common.

In general, skin cancers can be treated with a high success rate. Oral health professionals play an invaluable role in detecting, assessing, and referring patients to have suspicious lesions checked by dermatologists. Early detection of lesions can often mean the difference between successful and unsuccessful treatment.  


By Dr. Charles Bohle, Bohle Family Dentistry
July 15, 2013

After her husband, producer Bruce Paltrow, succumbed to oral cancer in 2002, actress Blythe Danner made it her mission to help save other families from the heartache she and her children (Jake and Gwyneth Paltrow) suffered with his loss. Now active with the Oral Cancer Foundation, Blythe uses her fame to bring awareness to the disease, which she says she and her family knew very little about before Bruce received his diagnosis.

In an interview with People magazine, Blythe said she believes her husband's cancer could have been detected earlier if the family had been alert to the symptoms.

“For months I had noticed Bruce's voice was hoarse,” she said. “I started asking him to see a doctor. But he kept saying, ‘No, no, no, I'm fine.’ ”

When a lump became visible in his neck, he did go to the doctor and found he had a tumor in his throat. The cancer eventually spread to his lymph nodes. Compounding Blythe's sadness is the feeling that she might have been able to do something to prevent her husband's death.

“I feel tremendously guilty,” she told the magazine, noting that she wishes she had simply insisted her husband get himself checked out. “Education and early detection are so important,” she said of her campaign to raise awareness. “That's why I'm doing this.”

Though Bruce Paltrow was a smoker, it's important to note that young, non-smokers comprise the fastest-growing segment of the population being diagnosed with the disease. That's because a sexually transmitted virus known as HPV16 is now a major cause of oral cancer.

Oral cancer screenings are yet another good reason to make regular semi-annual visits to the dentist. We have the training to notice oral abnormalities, and to monitor and/or biopsy any suspicious lesions. At your oral cancer screening, we will feel your neck for lumps and inspect your lips and all inside surfaces of the mouth, including the back of your throat.

Of course, if you or a loved one experience persistent hoarseness, white or red patches or other changes in your mouth or tongue that don't go away in a few weeks, please don't hesitate to come in and see us.

If you have any concerns about oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about the disease in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Cancer.”