James F. Kotsianas, DDS

West Knoxville Dentist Office

Contact Us

6230 Highland Place Way

Knoxville, TN 37919

865.584.0276

Oral Cancer is a Common, Serious Problem

Thursday, December 9th, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Cancer is an abnormal growth of new body cells that invade surrounding tissue and move to new body sites. Malignant cancers are injurious to our bodies (causing harmful and even lethal tumors). Oral cancer is one that occurs in or on the mouth. At least 12,000 Americans die from oral cancer annually according to the National Centers for Disease Control, and more than 30,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. It causes more deaths every year than malignant melanoma of the skin or cervical cancer in women!

Oral cancers have many causes, most of which are associated with lifestyle choices such as smoking and chewing tobacco, using alcohol excessively, and eating nutrient-deficient diets. Other causes include infections, other cancers, and exposures to pollutants. Thus, if you are a smoker or chewer, if you use alcohol excessively, if you eat a nutrient-poor diet, if you have had mouth infections, and/or you have been exposed to air, water or ground pollutants, you could be at risk for oral cancer.

Symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • A bleeding tooth socket or sore that does not heal
  • A bump, lump, growth, ulcer, swelling or thickening in the soft oral tissues
  • A blue or white patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • A browning discoloration along the border of the lip
  • Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
  • Loosening of the teeth or pain around the teeth or jaw
  • Pain in the mouth, ear, or face near the mouth
  • Numbness or discomfort of the tongue or other areas of the mouth
  • A change in texture and/or unusual firmness of the tongue
  • A lump or mass in the neck
  • A sore throat angelscamp.org or feeling that something is stuck in the throat
  • Voice changes / hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, opening the mouth or moving the tongue or jaws
  • A burning sensation in the mouth or throat
  • Unintentional weight loss

Oral cancer can be cured. The odds of curing oral cancer are very good if caught early. As many as 80 percent of oral cancer deaths could be prevented by early recognition of the disease. The smaller the cancer, the better the chances of a cure. Unfortunately, too many people come forward too late. More than 60 percent of the tumors are detected when the disease is too advanced for treatment to be effective. This is an excellent reason for you to be aware of the symptoms and causes listed above and to contact Dr. Kotsianas immediately for a diagnosis if you suspect you might have oral cancer.

Click here for more information about oral and other cancers.

*Dr. Kotsianas operates this website for his patients” benefit. He and his staff strive to keep the information contained on this site current and accurate. Although the general information on this site relates to dental topics, none of it substitutes for personal and professional dental advice. Any questions regarding your dental health should be directed to Dr. Kotsianas and his professional staff.

Benefit From Teeth Whitening

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Discolored teeth can diminish a person”s appearance and self-concept. The most common causes include normal aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, and red wine. Consumption of certain antibiotics such as Tetracycline and/or excessive fluoride during tooth formation can also cause tooth discoloration.

Almost anyone can benefit from professional teeth-whitening, and treatments are more effective for some than for others. Dr. Kotsianas and his dental professionals can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a complete oral examination.

Opalescence is a professional whitening product that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. It is clinically proven to whiten teeth several shades on all types of teeth. Over-the-counter tooth-whitening strips, brush-on gels, and toothpastes are not as effective as professional whitening systems and custom whitening trays. Only a qualified dentist such as Dr. Kotsianas can offer you this service. Consulting your dental professional is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely and effectively.

Contact Dr. Kotsianas for a professional examination to determine whether your teeth can benefit from the Opalescence whitening system.

*Dr. Kotsianas operates this website for his patients” benefit. He and his staff strive to keep the information contained on this site current and accurate. Although the general information on this site relates to dental topics, none of it substitutes for personal and professional dental advice. Any questions regarding your dental health should be directed to Dr. Kotsianas and his professional staff.

Mouth Health

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Your Mouth”s Health Mirrors Your Overall Health

Your mouth is a mirror that reflects your overall health and well-being according to the U.S. Surgeon General”s Report on Oral Health. It’s also a key determinant of your nutritional status and your self-esteem.

“Oral health means more than sound teeth,” the report says. “Oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Americans and can be achieved by all Americans.”

Oral health regards our teeth and gums and all their supportive tissues and systems:

  • Roof and the floor of the mouth (hard and soft palates)
  • Tongue
  • Lining of the mouth
  • Throat
  • Lips
  • Salivary glands
  • Upper and lower jaws
  • Chewing muscles
  • The nervous system
  • The immune system
  • The vascular system (blood vessels)

Clearly, oral health means more than just being free from cavities and gum disease. It means overall health in the tissues that “allow us to speak and smile; sigh and kiss; smell, taste, touch, chew and swallow; cry out in pain; and convey a world of feelings and emotions through facial expressions” according to the report. “They also provide protection against microbial infections and environmental insults.”

But the report also says a lack of awareness of the importance of oral health among the public. This is why we urge our patients to be aware of their dental health and help them to do so.

The health of our oral tissues indicates the health of organs and systems throughout our bodies. Your dentist and other health-care providers can gather an enormous amount of information about your overall health simply by examining these tissues.

Research shows that diseases within the mouth, especially periodontal (gum) disease, are connected to ailments throughout the body. Infections in the mouth are a doorway for disease-causing bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause numerous other diseases such as heart disease and stroke, respiratory infection, diabetes, stomach ulcers, low birth weights, and premature births.

The solution lies in good self-care combined with quality professional care.

  • A thorough oral exam uncover nutritional deficiencies, microbial infections, immune disorders and some forms of cancer.
  • Clues to a disease can be discovered by analyzing saliva under a microscope.
  • Facial nerves have counterparts elsewhere in the body.
  • The jaw bones and jaw joint function like other musculoskeletal regions of the body.

Decay (also called caries or cavities) and periodontal disease are the most common, widespread dental diseases. They”re also the most preventable. Community prevention programs, such as fluoridated drinking water, dental hygiene instruction in schools, nutrition education, and tobacco cessation programs, save billions of dollars per year in public health costs, according to the report. And best of all, they help most people keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.

For more information, consult the Surgeon General”s Report: “Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General

Contact Dr. Kotsianas for an examination.

*Dr. Kotsianas operates this website for his patients” benefit. He and his staff strive to keep the information contained on this site current and accurate. Although the general information on this site relates to dental topics, none of it substitutes for personal and professional dental advice. Any questions regarding your dental health should be directed to Dr. Kotsianas and his professional staff.

James F. Kotsianas, DDS

6230 Highland Place Way

Suite 101

Knoxville, TN 37919

Email: info@kotsianasdds.com

865.584.0276 Local

865.584.0277 Fax

© 2017 James F. Kotsianas, DDS. All Rights Reserved.