Reports by the American Cancer Society claim that more than 50,000 individuals develop a particular form of oral cancer each year. Fortunately, oral cancer can be cured if detected and treated promptly. Regular oral cancer screenings give you the best chances of detecting oral cancer and seeking treatment on time.
Oral cancer can develop in different parts of the mouth, including the lips, lining of the cheeks, tongue, gums, roof of the mouth, the floor of the mouth, and throat. While there’s no certain cause of oral cancer, certain factors can increase for risk of oral cancer, including:
These factors do not necessarily mean that you will develop oral cancer. Some people develop cancer without these risk factors. Still, it’s better to be safe by avoiding them if possible.
Schedule a consultation with our oral cancer screening dentist immediately if you have any of these or other symptoms that could indicate oral cancer.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of developing oral cancer.
We can’t emphasize enough the importance of good oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene keeps your mouth fresh and protects it from oral issues like tooth decay, periodontal disease, bad breath, oral thrush, missing teeth, and more. These oral issues, especially periodontal disease, significantly increases your risk of developing oral cancer. That said, consider these oral hygiene tips to keep your mouth healthy:
Tobacco use is a key factor behind lung cancer. Lung cancer accounts for about 30% of all cancer deaths in the United States. Tobacco also increases your risk of other cancers, including oral, cervix, throat, larynx, leukemia, pancreatic, kidney, and bladder cancers.
Please note that exposure to secondhand smoke can also increase your cancer risk. Avoiding tobacco is essential for cancer prevention and your overall well-being. Your doctor can help you if you’re struggling to quit tobacco.
What you eat can positively or negatively affect your well-being. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts such as broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, cashew nuts, almonds, beans, and carrots can protect or reduce your risk of oral, stomach, esophagus, and lung cancer.
Drink enough water throughout the day to remain hydrated and drink alcoholic beverages in moderation, if you must. Limit or avoid processed food items like hot dogs and other junk foods. It also limits foods high in sugars and starch.
Maintaining a healthy weight can lower your risk of oral, breast, lung, colon, prostate, and kidney cancers. Eat less caloric foods and increase your physical activity.
Skin and lip cancer can be caused by prolonged exposure to UV. To lower your exposure:
You can consult your dentist about vaccination for certain infections like hepatitis B and HPV, which significantly increase the risk of cancers.
Having regular oral cancer screening significantly increases your chances of detecting oral cancer early, when treatment is more reasonably cheaper, quicker, and more successful. Contact our dentist for oral cancer screening (VELscope) in Claremont, NH.
For more information about oral cancer prevention, screening, and treatments, schedule a dentist appointment with Claremont Dental Group.