Preventing Oral Cancer

Preventing Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is not only a common problem but also one of the most dangerous types of cancers out there. Preventing this disastrous type of cancer involves two important steps: avoiding risky habits and embracing a healthy lifestyle.

The first step is to refrain from risky habits such as alcohol and tobacco use. Smokers are six times more likely to suffer from oral cancer than non-smokers. By avoiding or stopping tobacco use, one can significantly reduce the risk of developing this type of cancer. Research has show that smokers who stop tobacco use will reduce their chances of developing the disease by half in just 5 years. The next 10 years, people who have formerly smoked tobacco have the same chance of developing the disease as individuals who have never smoked tobacco. Therefore, the sooner you stop the less likely you are to suffer from oral cancer. Alcohol consumption and abuse also increases the risk of oral cancer. Individual who drink every day have a higher risk of this type of cancer.

The second step to reduce your risk of oral cancer is to start leading a healthy lifestyle and committing to proper oral hygiene, based on the recommendations of your dentist. Eating health foods that include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is also highly recommended. You should consume 3 to 5 servings of fresh vegetables on a daily basis.

In addition, always remember to apply lip balm with proper sunscreen whenever you go out. Sunlight can make you vulnerable to lip cancer.

Last but not least, make sure that you are properly screened for oral cancer. Certain risks of oral cancer might be beyond your control. This cancer is more common in men and older people. It can also affect people with no identified risk factors. So be sure to undergo periodic dental checkups with your Tijuana Dentist. During such checkups, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer. If this cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, it becomes much easier to treat.

Call us today, and one of our friendly patient coordinators will answer all your questions, give you an accurate quote, schedule your appointment, and help you make all the arrangements needed for your visit. Tijuana Dental Studio is your best option for all your dental needs.