Cancer of any kind is a scary thought. Oral cancer in particular poses a subtle threat because of how quickly it can develop without a person knowing. Prevention and early detection are key to lowering your risk of developing oral cancer. Please take a moment to seriously consider the following recommendations from the office of the Dental Partners of Brookline.
Cut Out the Tobacco
Drug use in the form of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco, to name a few, have been directly linked with oral cancer. The cells in your mouth and throat are very sensitive to the influence of the irritants in such drugs. Over time, they will stop functioning correctly and abnormal cells grow out of control. This development is cancer.
It may be difficult to cut out a substance if you have become dependent upon it. Talk with your doctor about getting help to quit tobacco use to eliminate a major oral cancer factor from your life.
Limit the Alcohol
Alcohol also has the potential to cause abnormal changes in the cells of your mouth when they are exposed to it enough. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit yourself to no more than two drinks per day. Three or more drinks a day increase your risk.
Using alcohol in addition to tobacco increases your risk for oral cancer.
Keep Your Mouth Clean
Your mouth is better equipped to fight off infections when it is already healthy. Practice good oral hygiene with habits such as:
- Frequent brushing
- Daily flossing
- Rinsing with a mouthwash your dentist recommends
Early Detection, Best Prevention
Being familiar with your mouth will help you to quickly locate any unusual changes as soon as they show up. Carefully check your own mouth at least once a month for unusual color or texture patches. Visit the Dental Partners of Brookline for a thorough oral cancer screening.