In our opinion, preventive dentistry is the key to a happy and healthy life. That’s why Dr. Moore and Dr. Tostado cover all the bases when you come in for your professional teeth cleanings and oral exams every 3-6 months. These visits allow us to put our cumulative training and advanced technology to work for you. Obviously, we would want to try and detect something like oral cancer early enough to be able to do something about it before it is too late for conservative treatments.
Some oral cancer indicators 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. Let us know ASAP if any of those things appear in the time between your regular appointments. And make sure you reduce your risk of contracting this deadly disease by knowing the following risk factors:
Here’s a scary fact: research has shown that tobacco use is the #1 cause of oral cancer in the U.S. If you aren’t using tobacco, don’t ever start. It dramatically increases your risk of oral and many, many other kinds of cancer. If you already smoke, chew, dip, or vape, it is time to think about giving it up.
Alcohol abuse is another major risk factor as far as oral cancer goes. If you smoke and drink, that is a double-whammy. Alcohol dries out the soft tissues of your mouth. This can make it easier for the chemicals in tobacco to get into those tissues.
As dentists, we’d love to see you avoid added sugars and drink plenty of water. But more than that, 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.
Fun In The Sun
Fun in the sun is all well and good, but don’t over do it. Sunburns have been linked not only to skin cancer, but to cancer on your lips as well. That won’t be any fun for you.
Your family plays a role in all of this. 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.
Cosmetic Dental Associates
Next to prevention, early diagnosis is your safest bet for beating oral cancer. Coming to our office every 3-6 months will help keep you care-free and cancer-free moving forward. This is because we will be sufficiently in-tune with whatever is going on in your mouth. Our modern screening technologies will allow us to detect and contain the spread of cancer. And our professional teeth cleanings will keep you looking your best. We can also address any other issues that are bothering you. Did you know that Cosmetic Dental Associates treats children too? Yep! Your entire family can benefit from ongoing treatment in our comfortable dental office. So, what are you waiting for?
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April is oral cancer awareness month, but we want to keep you smiling all through life. Call us today at 210-871-0984 or use our online form to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment. We welcome all new patients, including those traveling from out of town who want to experience our top-notch dental care for themselves.