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Ways of Decreasing Your Risk of Developing Oral Cancer



Posted on 4/15/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Ways of Decreasing Your Risk of Developing Oral Cancer For most, scheduling a visit to the dentist means that your teeth will be cleaned and checked for tooth decay, and sometimes it will be necessary to schedule another visit for further dental work. However, most people probably don't consider an oral cancer check as part of a routine exam.

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can affect your tongue, cheeks, lips, tonsils, soft palate and throat and can occur in ways that make it difficult to spot. Because of this, oral cancer often goes undiagnosed due to a lack of noticeable symptoms. If left untreated for too long, oral cancer can spread to your lymph nodes and other areas of your body.

Ways to Decrease Your Risk of Oral Cancer

Although survival rates from oral cancer have decreased over the past decade, you can drastically reduce your risk of oral cancer with these 5 tips.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The most fundamental way you can prevent oral cancer is to keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible. This is best done by creating an effective oral care routine and sticking to it.

Avoid Tobacco Products

The longer and more often you use tobacco products puts you at a greater risk of oral, head and neck cancers. Whether you smoke, chew or snuff, tobacco products can cause greyish white ulcers in the mouth than can develop into cancer.

Avoid Alcohol or Drink in Moderation

Like using tobacco products, the longer and more you drink alcohol increases your risk of oral cancer. Additionally, excessive alcohol use can change your body's chemistry and break down your cancer defenses. Drinking 3.5 drinks a day increases your risk of oral cancer by 2 to 3 times

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Even with excellent oral care habits, everyone needs to have their mouth professionally cleaned, preferably every 6 months. Your dentist can also examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer, giving you peace of mind that you decrease your risk with every routine visit.

Get the HPV Vaccine

It's essential for your overall health to consider the risk factors for oral cancer and eliminate them. Ensure that you keep up with regular visits to our office, maintain excellent oral care habits and contact us immediately if you are concerned about the signs of oral cancer.
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