April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, which is important to talk discuss because not only do we have a risk of getting cancer on other parts of our body, but we hardly discuss the dangers that occur when you don’t take care of your mouth properly. Therefore, don’t be afraid to go to your nearest mobile dentistry, in order to ensure that not only your teeth remain pearly white, but that your mouth is most importantly healthy!
What is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer occurs inside your mouth, from your cheeks, lips, tongue, and throat. Even if you have dentures, there is still a risk of oral cancer. According to Mouth Cancer Action Month, “Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women.” Therefore it’s important both youth and elders to become more aware of preventing oral cancer from existing in their lives. By informing yourself of the causes and prevention for oral cancer, then we’re all helping each other understand the importance of maintaining a healthy smile!
What Causes Oral Cancer?
Although there are a variety of causes for oral cancer, it’s important to note that both cigarettes and alcohol are a higher risk than doing one or the other. The Oral Cancer Foundation states, “Tobacco smoking and alcohol drinking, combined, account for approximately three-fourths of all oral and pharyngeal cancers in the United States.” In other words, there is a higher chance of oral cancer appearing in your life if you consume both alcohol and tobacco. The foundation also lists other possible causes such as a poor oral hygiene, diet, and even viruses such as HPV.
How Can We Prevent Oral Cancer?
Preventing oral cancer is not rocket science so long as you keep a consistent routine of not only brushing your teeth of course, but most importantly getting a checkup at least once a month at a local dental mobile. You may go to a near mobile clinic, but let’s not forget that your mouth should always get the attention it deserves. Most importantly, if you ever feel any pain or weird sensations, visit the nearest dentist—immediately. If you smoke and drink alcohol already, lower the amount of consumption. Visit your nearest mobile clinic for information on nutrition and vitamins that will help keep your mouth healthy and clean.
Like your body, taking care of your oral area is important to not only maintain yourself healthy, but it’s important to let your smile express who you are, whether you’re a health professional, educator, social worker, and so on, your smile tells the world who you are. Being aware of oral cancer not only helps you but informing your friends and family about oral cancer is already the first step in reducing their risk of ever being diagnosed with oral cancer!