At Tocci Dental Associates, our thorough examination process includes screening you for oral cancer, which is a pretty big deal because that may just save your life some day. In fact, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci takes a “total health dentistry” approach to treating patients, so you can expect your routine dental checkups at our Wellesley, MA dentist’s office to be different from any previous experiences you’ve had anywhere else.
You can take comfort in the knowledge that our team will be able to remain sufficiently in-tune with the situation in your mouth if you are diligent about making (and keeping) your six-month appointments. But there is more work for you to do in the months that fall between appointments. That’s why today we’d like to tell you what to look for and what to avoid as far as oral cancer detection goes. Keep reading, and then be sure to contact us to arrange for your next preventive teeth cleaning and dental exam.
Most of what we will cover today will involve minimizing risk factors before cancer ever takes hold. But since early detection is the key to survival, we wanted to briefly touch on some of the more common oral cancer indicators. These include: white, red, or speckled lumpy spots; sores; raised bumps; open wounds; ulcers; bleeding in the mouth; pain when swallowing; difficulty moving your jaw; etc. Always let us know if you are confronted with any such warning signs!
As with anything, your actions have consequences in the realm of oral health. There are certain things you can do, or abstain from doing, that will help to keep you on the good road all through life. When it comes to oral cancer take heed of the following risk factors…
Use Of Tobacco Products
Research has informed us that tobacco use is actually the leading cause of oral cancer in the USA. Obviously, if you aren’t already using tobacco, it would be better for you if you don’t ever start. Since tobacco use dramatically increases your risk of oral and many other kinds of cancer, if you already smoke, chew, dip, or vape, it is time to think about letting it go!
Consumption Of Alcoholic Beverages
Not surprisingly, alcohol abuse is another major risk factor as far as oral cancer is concerned. If you smoke and drink, that is even worse. Here’s why: alcohol dries out the soft tissues of your mouth. This can make it easier for the chemicals in tobacco to get into those tissues.
Eating Junk Food
As a “total health” dental practice, we want you to be mindful in general of what goes into your body. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can actually lower your risk for mouth cancer.
Getting A Sunburn
Here is a simple rule for fun in the sun: don’t overdo it, and always use protection like a high SPF level sunscreen. Sunburns have been linked not only to skin cancer but to cancer on your lips as well.
Uncovering Your Family History
Your family’s past can impact your future. If you have a history of cancer your likelihood of developing oral cancer is much higher, which means you will need to be more cautious when it comes to the factors that you can control.
Tocci Dental Associates
Your best bet for preventing and/or beating oral cancer is to have a dentist you can trust as your partner in oral health. Stopping by our Wellesley, MA dentist’s office every 3-6 months will help keep you cancer-free and worry-free because Dr. Tocci and the rest of our team have invested heavily in the tools, training, and technology that matter.
Get Started Today!
If you have been inspired by today’s post to take action, we are ready to work you in. Our team has provided high-quality dental care since 1985 and we look forward to helping you make your appointment with us!