As April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, we wanted to take this time to talk a little about oral cancer and what you can do in your daily routine to prevent it.
One of the major changes we suggest to our patients is to stop smoking. Smokers are 10 times more likely to get oral cancer compared to those who do not smoke. In fact, smoking is linked to an increased risk of other types of cancer as well.
While there are many symptoms you should look out for, one of the major symptoms is ulcerative lesions that will not heal. Of course, if you have any out-of-the-ordinary issues relating to your teeth, gums, or overall dental health, we suggest you reach out to your doctor as soon as possible.
We also suggest getting your annual oral examination by a licensed professional every year. In addition to your daily routine of brushing and flossing, getting checked out once a year is crucial to maintaining your oral health. If you are looking to schedule your yearly appointment, call our office today or schedule online. We are currently following all CDC recommendations in regard to the current protocols relating to COVID-19. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.