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Does consumption of tobacco lead to oral cancer?

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Posted on Mon, 9 May 2016
Question: my dentist told me that due to tobacco chewing submucous fibrosis has just started...... also my teeth are getting sharp immediately when I chew betelnut and tobacco ...... please help ..... i am very much in panic that oral cancer has started in my mouth ...... my mouth opens very very wide there is no problem in opening mouth except that my molar teeth are getting grinded and becoming sharp leading to cheek bite
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Answered by Dr. BR Hudda (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Complete abstinence of tobacco is required

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to Health Care Magic.
I really appreciate your concern.

Prolonged and heavy tobacco consumption can lead to submucosal fibrosis which can lead to incomplete opening of mouth.

Since your dentist have examined it so early changes might have set in, so I would advise you to stop tobacco consumption in any form.

In early stage it can be reversed by regular physiotherapy and antioxidants.

I would advise you to follow these guidelines

Start physiotherapy with mouth opening exercises,
Multivitamin supplements like Cobadex , 1 cap daily after breakfast for 1 month
Complete abstinence of tobacco is required
Avoid spicy and junk food

Here, I would like further information to guide you better

Since how long and how much are you chewing tobacco?
Do you also smoke?
Relevant medical history like diabetes or any other disease or if you are taking any medicine?

Please write back to me with these details so that I will be able to tell you more precisely.

Waiting for your reply
Best wishes
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Does consumption of tobacco lead to oral cancer?

Brief Answer: Complete abstinence of tobacco is required Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to Health Care Magic. I really appreciate your concern. Prolonged and heavy tobacco consumption can lead to submucosal fibrosis which can lead to incomplete opening of mouth. Since your dentist have examined it so early changes might have set in, so I would advise you to stop tobacco consumption in any form. In early stage it can be reversed by regular physiotherapy and antioxidants. I would advise you to follow these guidelines Start physiotherapy with mouth opening exercises, Multivitamin supplements like Cobadex , 1 cap daily after breakfast for 1 month Complete abstinence of tobacco is required Avoid spicy and junk food Here, I would like further information to guide you better Since how long and how much are you chewing tobacco? Do you also smoke? Relevant medical history like diabetes or any other disease or if you are taking any medicine? Please write back to me with these details so that I will be able to tell you more precisely. Waiting for your reply Best wishes