What would you call a disease when it comes to consumption of sweet and tasty stuff commonly used in traditional Indian functions? Oral Submucous fibrosis is the name that may dread you and inhibit your food choices. It commonly turns into oral cancer.
Patients suffering from Oral submucous fibrosis face severe burning sensation in mouth while eating. They gradually develop restriction while opening mouth, disfigured face, and a lifelong risk for oral cancer.
Oral submucous fibrosis is a chronic debilitating disease. According to Medscape.com, it is the oral cavity characterized by inflammation and progressive fibrosis of the submucosal tissues (lamina propria and deeper connective tissues). Oral submucous fibrosis results in marked rigidity and faces severe issues while opening the mouth.
This condition is linked to oral cancers also associated with areca nut or betel quid chewing, and a habit like tobacco chewing.
Pathogenesis of the disease is not well established. However, the oral submucous fibrosis causes are believed to be multifactorial. Exposure to areca nut and tobacco leads to oral submucous fibrosis in individuals. Also, genetic immunologic and nutritional tendencies influence the contraction of the disease. Numerous factors trigger this disease and cause juxta epithelial inflammatory reaction in the oral submucous fibrosis.
Following are the few factors that cause oral submucous fibrosis:
In the initial phase of Oral submucous fibrosis, the submucous feels leathery with palpable fibrotic bands. At the progressive stage, the oral submucous loses its resiliency also becomes blanched and stiff. This disease is believed to begin in the subsequent part of the oral cavity and gradually spread outward.
Consuming any dried products such as masala paan, supari, and gutkha with higher concentrations of areca nut and tobacco appear to cause the disease.
Areca nut is the main component of paan masalas and ghutkas, responsible for increased production of fibres in the mouth. Thus, it leads to reduced mouth opening and causes oral sub mucous fibrosis.
The deficiency of these essential components prepares preconditions for oral submucous fibrosis which makes the oral cavity vulnerable to chilies.
Yeast is a common fungus associated with oral submucous fibrosis.
The consumption of chilly is more or less similar in all countries and continents. However, still, the oral submucous fibrosis is more predominant in India compare to other countries.
Dysfunction of the immune system and immunological deficiency syndromes causes immunological disease. In this disease, the immune system stops guarding the body against germs, bacteria, and viruses.Following are the other causes include:
Following are few symptoms of this disease include:
The treatment of Oral submucous fibrosis is divided under various factors. Following are few treatments for Oral submucous fibrosis:
1. Supportive treatment- Tobacco cessation is one of the major treatments against Oral Submucous Fibrosis. Always remember, the early you quit, the better it is for you. You can take counselling by the dentist related to this habit and maintain oral hygiene.
2. Physiotherapy exercises- In this treatment, the patient is asked to perform simple exercises like blowing of balloons, blowing of a conch, ice-cream stick exercises to increase mouth opening.
3. Medicinal treatment- In this treatment, the doctors prescribe the topical application of corticosteroids for reducing burning sensation and systemic steroids. Following are few medical treatments:
4. Surgical approach- In this treatment, it involves surgical excision of bands followed by placement of grafts from the tongue. This treatment is now done by Excision by LASER therapy.
Ultimately, it is up to you, always think and question yourself whether you want to live a long and healthy life or want to risk and ruin your life with tobacco.
Hope this brings a change in us and our surrounding.