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By Transcendental, LLC
September 10, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

Oral cancer doesn't always cause alarming changes in your mouth—in fact, some of the symptoms may only seem like minor problems at first. Fortunately, your Clifton, NJ, dentist, Dr. Toan Bui, can determine if the symptoms that you're experiencing may be caused by cancer. Read on to learn more:


Pain is part of your body's early warning system. Although everyone experiences aches and pains from time to time, frequent pain shouldn't be ignored. If you have oral cancer, you may notice pain in your mouth, teeth, or jaw.

Slow-healing sores

Cancer can interfere with the healing process. Accordingly, sores that never seem to heal or heal very slowly can both be early signs of cancer. If you have a cut or sore that hasn't healed after a few weeks, let your Clifton dentist know.

Lumps, bumps, and spots

Have you noticed any lumps or bumps in your mouth/neck or red or white patches/spots in your mouth? These changes may occur if you have oral cancer.

A chronic sore throat

Chronic sore throat pain may occur if you have acid reflux, tonsillitis, or allergies. Unfortunately, constant throat pain may also be a sign of oral cancer.

Voice changes

Regular hoarseness or an overall change in the way your voice sounds may both be related to oral cancer in some cases. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if the changes last more than a week or two, or don't occur with an upper respiratory virus.

Lump-in-the-throat sensation

Do you feel as if you constantly have a lump in your throat? In addition to oral cancer, the problem can also be caused by anxiety or acid reflux.

Teeth and denture issues

Oral cancer may cause your teeth to loosen or might change the way your dentures fit.

Eating problems

Chewing and swallowing problems can also be caused by oral cancer. If you have trouble swallowing, moving your jaw, or notice that your tongue or mouth are numb, call your dentist as soon as possible.

Concerned? Contact us

Protect your health with regular checkups and oral cancer screenings. Call your Clifton, NJ, dentist, Dr. Toan Bui, today at (973) 458-9899 to schedule an appointment.

By Transcendental, LLC
May 05, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition   oral cancer  

There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make if you want to reduce your risk of oral cancer, with quitting a tobacco habit at the top of the list. You should also moderate your alcohol consumption and practice safe sex to prevent the spread of the human papilloma virus (HPV 16) linked to oral cancer.

And there's one other area that might be ripe for change—your diet. The foods we consume can work both ways in regard to cancer: some, especially processed products with certain chemicals, increase your cancer risk; more natural foods, on the other hand, can help your body fight cancer formation.

Although how cancer forms and grows isn't fully understood, we do know some of the mechanisms involved. One major factor in cancer growth is damage to DNA, the molecule that contains all the instructions for normal cell growth. Certain chemicals called carcinogens cause much of this DNA damage.

One example of these dangerous chemicals are nitrosamines, found in substances used to preserve meats like bacon or ham. Nitrosamines also occur in beer during the brewing process, some fish and fish products, processed cheese and foods pickled with nitrite salt. It's believed long-term consumption of foods with these chemicals can increase the risk of cancer.

On the other hand, there are foods with substances called antioxidants that help our bodies resist cancer. Antioxidants protect cells from unstable molecules called free radicals that can also damage DNA. You'll find antioxidants in abundance in fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those high in fiber. Vitamins like C and E found in many natural foods also have antioxidant properties.

So, to help keep your risk of cancer and other diseases low, make sure your diet includes mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, along with plant-based fats found in nuts or olive oil.  At the same time minimize your consumption of processed foods with preservatives and other chemicals, along with animal and saturated fats.

A change in eating not only reduces your cancer risk, it can also improve your overall health and well-being. You'll also find a healthy diet can be dental-friendly—it can help keep your teeth and gums disease-free and healthy.

If you would like more information on dental-friendly nutrition practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Diet and Prevention of Oral Cancer.”


Fans of the legendary rock band Steely Dan received some sad news a few months ago: Co-founder Walter Becker died unexpectedly at the age of 67. The cause of his death was an aggressive form of esophageal cancer. This disease, which is related to oral cancer, may not get as much attention as some others. Yet Becker's name is the latest addition to the list of well-known people whose lives it has cut short—including actor Humphrey Bogart, writer Christopher Hitchens, and TV personality Richard Dawson.

As its name implies, esophageal cancer affects the esophagus: the long, hollow tube that joins the throat to the stomach. Solid and liquid foods taken into the mouth pass through this tube on their way through the digestive system. Worldwide, it is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths.

Like oral cancer, esophageal cancer generally does not produce obvious symptoms in its early stages. As a result, by the time these diseases are discovered, both types of cancer are most often in their later stages, and often prove difficult to treat successfully. Another similarity is that dentists can play an important role in oral and esophageal cancer detection.

Many people see dentists more often than any other health care professionals—at recommended twice-yearly checkups, for example. During routine examinations, we check the mouth, tongue, neck and throat for possible signs of oral cancer. These may include lumps, swellings, discolorations, and other abnormalities—which, fortunately, are most often harmless. Other symptoms, including persistent coughing or hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and unexplained weight loss, are common to both oral and esophageal cancer. Chest pain, worsening heartburn or indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can also alert us to the possibility of esophageal cancer.

Cancer may be a scary subject—but early detection and treatment can offer many people the best possible outcome. If you have questions about oral or esophageal cancer, call our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Cancer.”