How Can You Prevent Oral Cancer?

Close up photo of a blue light being used in a woman's mouth to check for oral cancer during her dental exam.

When you think about your oral health, you probably focus mostly on avoiding cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. However, it’s also vital to take steps to prevent the development and spread of oral cancer in the lips, cheeks, throat, tongue, and tonsils. Here are some steps you can follow to take a proactive approach to preventing oral cancer.

  1. Schedule Biannual Dental Checkups
  2. One of the best ways to keep your oral health in check is to attend biannual dental checkups and cleanings. At your appointment, Dr. Metwally will do a visual examination for any abnormalities that may indicate oral cancer. This visual exam alone can be the determining factor for catching oral cancer early on.

  3. Practice Great Oral Hygiene
  4. Your at-home oral hygiene regimen can make a huge difference in your oral health. By brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing daily, you can prevent major dental problems, including oral cancer. Your oral health starts with you!

  5. Avoid Tobacco Products
  6. Tobacco usage is known to put people at a greater risk of getting mouth and throat cancer. If you regularly use tobacco products, we advise speaking with your doctor, undergoing regular health screenings, and looking into ways to slow down your usage or stop it altogether.

  7. Use Sunscreen
  8. Avoid excessive sun exposure and limit sun damage to your lips by wearing a hat to shade your face and by using a lip balm with sunscreen.

  9. Moderate Alcohol Intake
  10. Over time, alcohol has the ability to change your body’s chemistry and make you more susceptible to developing cancer. Moderate your alcohol consumption and ensure that you are drinking a lot of water. Water isn’t just for staying hydrated, it also plays a large role in keeping your body and your mouth healthy and strong.

Preventive Care in Raleigh, NC

Are you overdue for your biannual cleaning and exam? You can contact our Northside Dental office to book your next appointment. Our team will thoroughly examine your smile to ensure that your oral health is in tip-top shape!