In America 8.3 percent of the population are suffering from some type of diabetes (I or II). The health condition has a clear cut link to oral health and dental care; studies have shown that dentists can serve a vital role in diagnosis the condition in pre-diabetics helping manage the nation's struggle with the epidemic and chronic dry mouth is just one of the indicators they can use to diagnose the condition.
White Webbing=Lichen Planus
While lace and patterns may be all the rage on the fashion runways, when the discoloration is found on the inside of cheeks it may be an indicator of a disease called lichen planus. The condition is marked by a whitish, lacy pattern lining the inside of cheeks that can also be coupled with sores and ulcers. According to 1-800-Dentist states "Some experts believe lichen planus is a reaction to viral infections caused by stress."
Chronic Sores=Oral Cancer
Anyone can get a mouth sore from accidentally biting a cheek or eating a food that causes tongue inflammation. Typically those wounds should naturally heal themselves in a brief period of time. Individuals who find that they have open sore that just will not heal should seek professional dental care as it may be an indicator of oral cancer.
Oral cancer is the generic name for when the disease specifically impacts the neck and head region. This particular affliction is known for causing a higher mortality rate than other cancers as the disease typically receives a late diagnosis and by that time, the infection has spread elsewhere. Early diagnosis of the condition is essential to winning the battle, as according to 1-800-Dentist "...early detection of oral cancer symptoms can result in an 80 to 90 percent recovery rate."
Individuals who are experiencing oral and dental problems such as unexplained sores, chronic dry mouth or unusual changes in skin appearance should schedule an appointment with a dental care provider in order to receive a proper diagnosis and even dental treatments to help the issue. Those looking to find a dentist up to the task can dial 1-800-Dentist, 24/7 to get the name of a provider up to the task.