Gum disease is a common oral hygiene and dental health complication. For many adults, the complications of gum disease are often ignored until such time as advanced gum disease develops. If you are showing signs of periodontal complications, including advanced gum disease, it is important to seek out dental treatment immediately so as to avoid the complications of oral squamous cell carcinoma in the long term.
Oral squamous cell carcinoma, or oral cancer, is a health risk that is difficult to treat once it has developed. While there are many reasons this type of cancer can develop as one of many oral cavity diseases, most adults will develop the complication after many years of tobacco use or smoking. For some adults, however, the development of advanced gum disease may also attribute to this type of cancer development.
If you have gum disease at any stage, seeking out dental treatment is prudent. In most cases, your dentist will perform a deep cleaning that will help to improve the health of your teeth by removing plaque build up and encouraging more healthy gums while minimizing recessive gum tissue issues. In advanced gum disease, there may be a need for oral surgery by an oral surgeon who specializes in such treatment.
When not treated, advanced gum disease can lead to poor growth of new gum tissue which can lead to cancer development. Once you have received a diagnosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma, you can expect that aggressive oral treatment will be recommended, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy, but often these are not enough to place this cancer into remission.
Gum disease is preventable in most cases but it is often the most untreated condition in terms of oral health and dental health. In many dental offices, patients with gum disease are facing aggressive treatment needs which often accompany a higher cost in care. But, this cost may be well worth it when considering how your advanced gum disease can become a life threatening oral cancer complication, if treatment is not provided urgently.
Sources: Oral Complications of Cancer and its Management, by Andrew Davies