Posted on 8/24/2020 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
The short answer is yes, of course, you can. The steps necessary to reduce oral cancer risks require a more detailed explanation. The term oral cancer, while very serious, can be treated somewhat nonchalantly. The belief is that oral cancer only happens to habitual tobacco chewers who stick wads of dip into their gums while they chain smoke through a carton of cigarettes. There is also the belief that oral cancer happens to those who never brush their teeth, floss, or use mouthwash. However, oral cancer can happen to anyone, so everyone can benefit from the knowledge of reducing oral cancer risks.
Cutting back on tobacco and alcohol is a no-brainer in living a healthier life, but it is also an important step in reducing oral cancer risks. In the same breath as living a healthier lifestyle, it's important to maintain a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. In a bit of an odd twist, some studies have found that immunizing yourself from the human papilloma virus can reduce the risk of oral cancers. Practicing proper oral hygiene and wearing sunscreen appropriately are sure fire ways to protect against the more well-known risk factors of oral cancer, sun exposure and inflammation in the mouth. Ultimately, the best way to reduce risks of oral cancers is to find out if you are genetically predisposed to developing it by visiting our office and getting an oral cancer screening.
The common, and not so common, risk factors of oral cancer have been addressed, but it's up to you to decide what to do with this information. However, the only way to diagnose possible tumors in the mouth is a biopsy, which is the removal and examination of the possibly cancerous tissue. That inconvenient procedure can often be avoided by following the information previously provided. All the information provided is helpful in other areas of your life as well, so the benefits of a healthier diet, getting a vaccination, cutting back on tobacco and alcohol will be seen in other areas of your life. For more information, please contact our office.