More On Oral Cancer Awareness
- April 13, 2017
Oral cancer is a silent killer that can easily be prevented, or treated effectively. But the key to survival is early detection. That’s why today we’d like to tell you what to look for and what to avoid as far as risk factors are concerned. Keep reading, and then be sure to contact us to arrange for your next preventive teeth cleaning and dental exam with Dr. Bistritz!
Know The Signs
Some of the telltale signs of oral cancer include: white, red, or speckled lumpy spots; sores; raised bumps; open wounds; ulcers; bleeding in the mouth; pain when swallowing; difficulty moving your jaw; etc. Always let us know right away if you notice any unusual changes in your mouth!
Be Aware Of Your Risk Factors
When it comes to oral cancer take heed of the following risk factors…
This won’t come as any big surprise: tobacco use dramatically increases your risk of oral and many other kinds of cancer. If you already smoke, chew, dip, or vape, it is time to think about cessation!
Alcohol abuse is another major risk factor. If you smoke and drink, that is even worse. Here’s the reason: alcohol dries out the soft tissues of your mouth. This can make it easier for the chemicals in tobacco to get into those tissues.
We want you to be mindful in general of what goes into your body. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can actually lower your risk for mouth cancer.
Exposure To The Sun
Yes, we live in the sunshine state! But when it comes to fun in the sun: don’t over do it, and always use protection like a high SPF level sunscreen. Sunburns have been linked not only to skin cancer, but to cancer on your lips as well.
Do you know your family’s health history? Why does it matter? Because your family’s past can impact your future. If you have a history of cancer, your likelihood of developing oral cancer is much higher, which means you will need to be more cautious when it comes to the factors that you can control (see above!).
Aventura Dental Center
Our office can be a protective factor in all of this. We are biased, sure, but we think that your safest bet for preventing and/or beating oral cancer is to have a dentist you can trust as your partner in oral health. Stopping by our Aventura, FL dentist’s office every 3-6 months will help keep you cancer-free and worry-free because Dr. Bistritz and the rest of our team know exactly what to look for during your examinations! There is a reason why we strongly discourage folks from putting off the care they deserve: it could mean the difference between life and death!
You Can Prevent Oral Cancer!
We hope that this information about preventing oral cancer has been useful to you. If you have been inspired by today’s post to take the next step toward a healthier mouth and a better-looking smile, then contact us right away! Dr. Bistritz is the dentist you can count on to keep you smiling all through life!
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