In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, our team at Miner Dental is devoting today’s blog to ways you can minimize your risk for this disease and keep yourself healthy!
One has to do with behaviors you can avoid to keep your mouth safe, and the other is remembering to get routine oral cancer screenings in San Antonio, TX!
An important thing to keep in mind about oral cancer is that it can happen to anyone.
The chances of you developing it depend on a number of factors, some of which you just can’t control, such as:
- Family history
- Weak immunity
This is one of the reasons your routine dental cleanings and exams are so incredibly important! It’s during these visits where you receive periodic oral cancer screenings as part of your overall dental care, which helps us take immediate action at the earliest signs of trouble.
You Can Lower Your Risk For Oral Cancer!
Just like your overall wellness, your oral health is, to a large extent, in your own hands.
You can’t prevent every dental problem, but you can certainly make smart choices every single day to protect the health of your mouth.
Here are a few oral cancer risks you can avoid:
This is one of the most significant contributing factors for developing oral cancer.
Smoking cigarettes, or using any kind of tobacco product, can nearly double your risk for oral cancer more than that of non-tobacco users.
As hard as it may be, quitting your smoking, chewing, or dipping habit is one of the best things you can do for your oral and overall health!
Another major oral cancer risk is excessive alcohol consumption. In fact, combining alcohol and tobacco use makes your chances for developing this disease even greater.
If you drink heavily, it may be time to start thinking about limiting your alcohol intake to protect your health.
Studies show a connection between poor diet and an increased risk for oral cancer. Particularly, if your daily diet is low in fruits and vegetables, you’re putting yourself in danger of developing this disease.
If you tend to pass on the fresh fruits and veggies, talk to us about how you can improve your dental health with a more nutritious diet.
*Too Much Sun*
Spending too much time out in the sun, especially without the proper protection, puts you at risk for skin cancer. To lower your risk for oral cancer, in particular, be careful to limit your time in the sun, and when you can’t, be sure to wear SPF lip balm to keep your mouth protected.
Schedule Your Next Screening!
Obviously, you don’t want to be reckless about your health, so it’s best to keep your risk for oral cancer low by avoiding the factors you actually can control.
For all other risks, trust your San Antonio dentist, Dr. Miner, to provide you with thorough oral cancer screenings as part of your comprehensive dental care. The more closely we stay on top of any developing oral health issues, the better chance we’ll have to treat them successfully.