Oral cancer is a serious disease that can be life-threatening. However, it is preventable in many cases, and treatable if caught early. Today, we want to share some information about oral cancer with the goal of educating our patients about some of the warning signs of the disease and some steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing oral cancer.
1. Know What to Look For
The warning signs of oral cancer can look many different ways. One of the most common symptoms is a mouth sore that does not heal. Other indicators can be lumps or thickening of tissue inside the mouth, discoloration, numbness, and other unusual changes.
2. Protect Yourself From the Sun
Sun exposure can increase your risk of developing oral cancer. Always wear sunscreen outside, no matter the season. Be sure to protect your lips too – grab a chap stick or a lip balm with an SPF that will keep you safe from the sun.
3. Smoking and Drinking Increase Your Risk
Your oral hygiene and diet aren’t the only things that affect your oral health. Tobacco use and excessive alcohol intake are two factors that can increase your risk for developing oral cancer.
4. Oral Hygiene Keeps You Safe
A good preventive care routine can decrease your risk for developing oral cancer. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and floss each day not only for stronger, healthier teeth but also to reduce your risk for oral cancer.
5. Sudden Changes? Let us Know
If you notice any sudden changes in your mouth, teeth, or gums, let us know immediately. Our qualified team at Edgewater Dental Arts can determine whether the sudden change is cause for concern or not. Often, we can accommodate emergency appointments on the same day.
To ask us any questions about oral cancer or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today.