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What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Oral Cancer

April 2, 2024

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This April, we’re focusing on raising awareness about the risks of oral cancer and giving you the information you need to stay safe. Oral cancer is a serious illness that can greatly affect your well-being, but if caught early and prevented, it can be controlled. Keep reading to discover the factors that increase your risk of oral cancer and how you can reduce your chances of getting it.

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer occurs when cells in the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, gums, and throat, grow abnormally. It affects different parts of the mouth and throat, such as the tonsils and salivary glands. The most common form is squamous cell carcinoma. If not detected or treated, oral cancer can spread to other parts of the body, leading to severe health issues.

11 Common Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Oral cancer can affect anyone, regardless of their background. It’s crucial to know the specific risk factors linked to this disease. Understanding these common risks allows you to take proactive steps to safeguard your oral health. Key risk factors for oral cancer include:

  • Sunlight exposure increases lip cancer risk
  • Age, particularly for individuals over 40
  • A diet low in fresh fruits and veggies
  • Chronic poor oral hygiene
  • Other forms of cancer of the head or neck
  • Tobacco use
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • A weakened immune system

8 Tips for Minimizing Your Risk of Oral Cancer

Luckily, there are actions you can take to lower your risk of oral cancer, including:

  • Avoid tobacco and excessive drinking: Quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption to lower your risk.
  • Protect your lips from the sun: Use lip balm with SPF 15 or higher to shield your lips from harmful UV rays.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups: Visit your dentist routinely for oral cancer screenings and early detection.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: Cut back on sugary, acidic, and starchy foods, and focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, dairy, and fish.
  • Be aware of signs and symptoms: Keep an eye out for lumps, sores, or patches in your mouth, and promptly seek dental attention if anything unusual appears.
  • Prioritize optimal oral health: Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, floss nightly, and use an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your mouth healthy.
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle: Incorporate regular exercise into your routine to boost your immune system and promote excellent oral health.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to rinse away food particles and bacteria, and maintain saliva production for a moist mouth.

About the Practice

Led by Dr. Danny Hayes and Dr. Christine Mousa, Advanced Dental Concepts is dedicated to providing exceptional dentistry for families in Crown Point and nearby areas. They focus on offering top-notch customer service, striving to be honest, respectful, and courteous to every patient. From regular checkups to thorough oral cancer screenings, they prioritize your health. With their expertise in modern dental techniques and a dedicated team, they’re the perfect choice for all your oral health needs. To schedule an appointment or learn more about their oral cancer services, visit Advanced Dental Concepts’ website or call their office at (219) 663-6878.

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