If you are one who wishes to prevent oral cancer from attacking your smile, our Christiansburg Dental team is more than happy to help you! Oral cancer in Christiansburg, Virginia, is a destructive disease that can harm your health in more ways than you realize, which is why it’s important to prevent the sickness altogether. So, to help you do so, Dr. Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. David Kelly and our team recommend doing the following things:
-Refrain from using any type of tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. We also recommend that you drink alcohol in moderation, if you are indeed a drinker. Binge drinking will increase your chances of having oral cancer.
-Maintain a well-balanced diet. This will help your smile as well as your entire physical health.
-Try to limit your exposure to the sun. However, we know that may not be possible at times. So, when you’re outside, please put sunblock on your skin and lips to protect you from the UV rays.
It’s also beneficial to identify the disease at the early stages of development, which is why we recommend doing these things on a regular basis:
-Conduct a self-exam at least once a month: Look into a mirror, use a bright light, and examine your entire mouth, including the gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips. You should also examine the roof of the mouth, floor of the mouth, the back of the throat, and the neck. Look for and lumps, growths, or sores.
-Visit your dentist regularly: When you come into the office for your six month dental cleaning and exam, your dentist will also provide an oral cancer screening. This treatment will allow your dentist to closely examine your oral cavity and identify any signs of oral cancer, even those that are hidden or small.
Call 540-257-6995 today if you would like to know more or if you would like to schedule an appointment with your dentist. The sooner you call our office, the sooner we’ll be able to help you!