Oral Cancer – Part 2
Oral Cancer– Part 2
Oral cancer, as we talked about last week, isn’t something that is always fun to discuss but it’s necessary to. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that is typically easy to detect if you know what you are looking for. Additionally, early detection will always help save a life so we want you to always be checking your mouth!
Last week we talked about who gets oral cancer, where it’s commonly diagnosed and when it’s typically diagnosed. This week we are going to talk about prevention and treatment so let’s get started.
Prevention. Prevention of oral cancer includes things that you might think of and some things you might not.
– Do not use products with tobacco like cigarettes or chew. Tobacco can cause cancer and damage your mouth among other things.
– Do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Similar to above, having too much alcohol in your mouth and in your system kills cells and does a lot of damage!
– Limit your exposure to time outside. UV rays emitted by the sun can damage cells including our skin – even those areas that have delicate skin like our mouth. If you spend time outdoors, wear lip balm with SPF 15 or greater in it!
– Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet (full of colorful vegetables!), exercise, plenty of water, sleep and reduced stress. These components impact our entire bodies!
– Visit your dentist on a regular schedule! Dentists always perform routine checks for things like oral cancer and we know early detection will help save a life!
Treatment. If you do happen to find yourself one day in a situation where you think you have detected a “spot” of concern, please have it checked out. If the spot does end up having cancerous cells, let’s quickly go over a few types of treatment available. The good news is that if detected early, you have a much better chance for recovery and since there are a variety of treatments out there, one is sure to be the best fit for your type of cancer.
– Surgery is often performed to remove the area that contains the cancerous spot and/or the cells surrounding it. It’s always a good idea to remove the bad cells from your body so they do not spread or affect other cells in neighboring areas.
– Chemotherapy is a treatment often used that kills “bad” cells in your body. Depending on severity of your situation there are various types of “chemo” that are commonly used.
– Radiation is also a common treatment. This is typically a treatment that is directed to killing cells in the immediate area of concern rather and is often somewhat faster and easier of a treatment than radiation
It’s important to know that everyone’s bodies are different and will respond to treatment differently. The most important takeaway this week is that you should know what is normal for your mouth and you should always check your mouth for any changes. If you do notice any changes you should notify your dentist immediately to have it looked at. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make choices that will benefit you and your body (and your mouth) for years to come!
If you have any questions about how to check your mouth for oral cancers or how to start living a healthier lifestyle please contact us! Visit Dallas Dental Concierge to experience 5-Star dentistry in an atmosphere of care and comfort. Give Dallas Dental Concierge a call at (214) 522-4330 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
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