8 Facts About Oral Cancer

#1. Oral cancer often appears as a lump or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer includes any cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor or roof of the mouth, sinuses, or throat.

#2. Smokers (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes or smokeless tobacco products) are 6 times more likely than non-smokers to develop oral cancer.

#3. Oral cancer is about 6 times more common in frequent drinkers than non-drinkers.

#4. More than 30% of patients with cancers of the lip have outdoor jobs. Exposure to sunlight is a risk factor for oral cancer. We often think to wear sunscreen to protect our skin, but commonly forget to protect our lips. Wearing a lip protectant with SPF is very important.

#5. Diet can affect your risk for developing oral cancer. A low meat, low fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk.

#6. You should be screened for oral cancer regularly. Your regular cleaning and checkup at Soft Touch Dentistry includes an oral cancer screening.  Remember, you should be visiting the dentist at least every six months for a cleaning and checkup. When was your last visit?

#7. Oral cancer may appear as a lump, bump or growth in your mouth that does not heal or go away on its own. Any sore that bleeds easily or does not heal after two weeks should be reported to your dentist for further examination.

#8. Difficulty chewing, swallowing, unexplained bleeding, numbness, or a change in the way your teeth fit together can all be signs of oral cancer. Report any of these symptoms to your dentist right away.Soft Touch Dentistry in Sacramento, CA (Pocket-Geenhaven) would be happy to see you and your family members for your cleanings and checkups that will include an oral cancer screening. Soft Touch Dentistry can help you with all of your dental needs so whether you haven’t been to the dentist in 6 months, 6 years, or longer, Soft Touch Dentistry will gladly help you with all of your dental needs. New patients can receive their exam and x-rays for just $49. Call today.

Dr. Owyoung Andrew Owyoung, DDS, has been providing comprehensive family dental care for 29 years to the Sacramento area. Widely considered a top dentist in Sacramento, the staff at Soft Touch Dentistry are equipped with the knowledge, experience, and equipment to deliver an unparalleled dental experience.

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