April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and we want to discuss how you can get screened regularly for this common but treatable disease. Although mouth and oral cancer can affect anybody, it is strongly associated with lifestyle. You can cut your chances by making a few changes in your life.
The most common cause of oral cancer is linked to a number of high risk factors. These high risk factors play a major role in contributing to oral cancer, but many of them can be avoided. These factors include:
- Tobacco Use
- Poor Diet
- Chewing or Smokeless Tobacco
- Environmental Tobacco Smoke
Signs of oral cancer usually include painless mouth ulcers that don’t heal normally or developing white or red patches in your mouth. Mouth cancer is very treatable if detected early, and the best way to ensure an early detection is to visit your dentist regularly.>
How Do I Keep a Healthy Mouth?
At Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry, we are trained to spot signs of oral cancer. Seeing your dentist regularly is the best way to get screened for this common but treatable type of cancer. If you do smoke or drink alcohol, then it is especially important for you to stay on top of your dental check-ups.
A good diet is also very important. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh vegetables and other foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E.
The most important think you can do is see your dentist for regular check-ups. Have you had your annual exam or six month cleaning? Schedule an appointment with Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry for a happy and healthy smile.
Booking an appointment is easy: Call our friendly staff or request an appointment online!
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