5 Ways To Help Prevent Oral Cancer
What are you concerned with when you think about oral health? Typically, when we think about oral health, many times we are focusing on preventing cavities, masking bad breath and making appointments to see the dentist for our cleanings. We forget that we should also be mindful of taking steps to prevent oral cancers. While it is not the leading cancer in the US, it is still important to be mindful and treat our mouth health as a priority. Continue reading to learn some important tips to prevent oral cancer.
Mouth cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that can be detected anywhere in the mouth or oral cavity. Mouth cancer can be found on areas such as the lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums and is typically detected by a dentist during a routine exam.
There are many ways to prevent oral cancer and here are some important tips to help:
- Stop Smoking – any form of tobacco, including chewing tobacco, contains cancer causing chemicals. A smoker also puts their family at risk of oral cancer through second hand smoke inhalation.
- Cut Back on Alcohol – it is best to drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. Alcohol ingredients can cause irritation in your mouth, making you more susceptible to mouth cancer.
- Protect Your Lips – avoiding the sunlight is important in avoiding harmful uv rays. If you are unable to be out of the sun, use a sunscreen lip protectant and a large sunhat.
- Eat and Cook Smarter – it is important to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday. Eating a proper diet including fruits, vegetables, and protein can ensure a healthy immune system. A weakened immune system can make cancer more likely.
- See the Dentist Regularly – during dental exams, the dentist can perform evaluations to look for precancerous changes or abnormal spots. While there are some patients who have symptoms, a large number of patients are diagnosed having had zero red flags and receive a diagnosis by chance, so regular dental appointments are a must.
If you have any questions about oral cancers and the best way to maintain healthy oral habits, please contact our office today. If you are overdue for your next appointment, please call our Magnolia office today to schedule your next visit.