Fight Back Against Oral Cancer
Hi-ya! Take charge and put up a fight! For Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to let you know that you can take measures to prevent oral cancer. Having a cancer diagnosis of any type can be a truly stressful experience. The good news is that oral cancer (cancer of the mouth or throat regions) is highly preventable. Take these tips to heart so that it never ever comes knocking at your doorstep.
Quit (Or Don’t Start) Tobacco Products
There once was a time when tobacco and smoking were cool and trendy, but we’ve long learned about the devastating effects that these products can have on your health. Since these products are placed directly in the mouth, you can bet they impact your oral health negatively. The chemicals in tobacco can damage the cells, resulting in a case of oral cancer. Those who use tobacco products in their daily lives are at a much higher risk. In fact, smokers are at 10 times higher risk of developing oral cancer and are at an even greater risk for developing other types of cancer too. Now’s the time to make sure you never start or to take proactive steps to stop. Believe us. It is not worth the risk.
Drink Alcohol with Moderation in Mind
Another great oral cancer prevention tip? Avoid drinking alcohol in excess. Alcohol can cause dehydration and dry mouth. If that wasn’t problematic enough for your mouth, drinking large amounts can lead you down the road toward oral cancer. When you drink alcohol, it breaks down into a chemical that can damage cells. Of course, you can still enjoy your favorite glass. The key here is to place limits on how much you drink. Too much of a good thing can go awry. Everything in moderation!
SPF Lip Balm is the Bomb
Love your SPF lip balm! A lot of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can spell trouble for your lips. What’s great about SPF lip balm is that it’s a product that’s affordable and easy to use. You can keep one in your handbag, in your pocket, and at home in a place where you’ll remember to use it. A little remembering is a small price to pay if it means you can avoid oral cancer.
Mom was Right! Eat Your Veggies
Good old Mom knew what she was talking about when it came to eating veggies. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is associated with lowering your risk of oral cancer by 40-50%. More research still needs to be done about the role that specific foods play in prevention, but a strong case can be made for a healthy diet. You now have every reason to go wild when making your plate colorful at mealtimes.
Find a Friendly Dental Office
Your dentist does more than just clean your teeth and check for cavities. They are also a pro at spotting signs of oral cancer. Whether you have dentures or a full set of teeth, it’s important to stay on top of your six-month visits. Catching oral cancer in the early stages makes a positive outcome more likely. You’ll be happy to know that a thorough oral cancer exam is non-invasive and can be completed in minutes. We happen to know a great dentist that you can turn to when the need arises. Wink, wink.
If you notice any persistent bumps in or around your mouth, have any trouble swallowing, or have seen a change in your voice, then it’s time to check in with us. Contact us today about making an appointment. We’re friendly and ready to help.