How to Lower Your Risk For Oral Cancer

lower your risk for oral cancer

An oral cancer screening can detect early signs of cancer. The examination is quick, painless and easy, however it can prevent long-term harmful effects on your body. Early detection is crucial, so it can be treated more successfully. Oral cancer includes cancer of the mouth, pharynx and part of your throat.

There are many ways to lower your risk for oral cancer. Most oral cancers are preventable. Most are related to your daily habits such as diet, tobacco use and alcohol consumption.

To help prevent oral cancer:

  • Discontinue using tobacco products such as chew or snuff, cigarettes, cigars or pipes. All types of tobacco play a part in oral cancer.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink it in moderation. Excessive consumption of alcohol may increase your risk of oral cancer.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of oral cancer. Maintain a low-fat, high fiber diet.
  • Lip balm that contains sunscreen is vital to protecting your lips for the sun’s harsh rays that can cause cancer.

Early signs or symptoms of oral cancer can include: white or red patches in your mouth, a sensation that you have something stuck in your throat, swelling, numbness, difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving your jaw or tongue.

At Noble Smiles Dentistry, we have an early cancer detection process. Be sure to book your general dentistry treatments routinely. During each of these appointments, we will screen you for oral cancer. Book your appointment with us today so keep your smile beautiful and healthy!

Posted on behalf of Noble Smiles Dentistry