Posts for: January, 2020
With the rise of the use of Marijuana in our country due to many states continuing to pass laws legalizing the use, many patients now feel that it is a harmless substance to try, use or even abuse! However, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have identified a molecule that is activated by the presence of THC in the bloodstream that accelerates the growth in patients with HPV-positive head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
HPV-related head and neck cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States, while at the same time that exposure to marijuana is accelerating. These cancers are the sixth most common cancer worldwide and begin in the cells that line the membranes inside the mouth, nose, and throat. Researchers believe that increased marijuana use over recent times may be the driving factor in this increase. There is now scientific evidence that daily marijuana use can drive tumor growth in HPV-related head and neck cancer!
Researchers are now looking at whether cannabidiol (CBD) has a similar effect to THC. CBD is another major chemical compound that is found in marijuana but does not produce the same high and is commonly used in over the counter products such as lotions, ointments, and edibles. Stay tuned as more information about the effects of the use of marijuana in all of its forms, recreactional and medicinal, becomes available!
Jaunary 1st has come and gone and many people have made Resolutions like "No more nail biting," Lose ten pounds" or "Stop Smoking!" Even by now, most resolutions have already "gone by the wayside." But if nothing else has helped you keep your resolutions, maybe by seeing how they can improve your oral health will give you some extra willpower!
NO MORE NAIL BITING. You can easily see how nail biting affects your fingernails, but its effects are more than cosmetic. The pressure this habit places on tooth enamel can lead to cracks, chips, and enamel erosion. Nail biters have a greater risk of bruxism, or teeth grinding. And the transfer of germs from your fingers to your mouth and mouth to fingers is a vicious circle that can lead to illnesses and infections in both fingers and mouth.
NO MORE JUNK FOOD. Sugars and carbs help pack on the pounds, no doubt. But did you know that they can also help create cavities? Sugar is a favorite food for oral bacteria, which allows them to produce acids which attack and weaken tooth enamel. And carbs? They convert easily to simple sugars. Choose nutritious snacks and beverages, and you will keep those teeth healthy!
NO MORE SMOKING OR VAPING. Cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco - there is no tobacco product that is heathy for your body or your teeth! And vaping? Due to the particle size and many sugar-laden flavoring agents, vaping can actually be more damaging to your teeth! We are all familiar with the discoloration tobacco can cause, but it also has serious oral health consequences. Oral cancer, gum disease, early tooth loss - all these conditions have been linked to tobacco use. Today, there are more methods than ever before to help you quit. Make this your year!
Even if some or all or your New Year's Resolutions have already been discarded, it's not too late to make a commitment or start again to work on those healthier habits. If you'd like to tackle teeth grinding, banish nail biting, stop smoking or vaping, or even work on any other habits that can damage your health and teeth, we can discuss them with you at your next dental visit. And, don't forget - resolving to see us twice a year for a check-up and a cleaning is a resolution that's extremely easy to keep!