Keeping an eye on your oral health is so important for many different reasons. Feeling good really does start with a good balanced diet and good oral hygiene practices every day.
There is only so much you can do and that's why it's recommended to go in to see your dentist routinely for cleanings and so they can check for any damage or infection. There still may be some things you need to know about oral cancer.
What Causes Oral Cancer?As you may have already guessed tobacco of any kind is a risk factor for cancer in your mouth. Excessive alcohol use, too much sun exposure, a virus called HPV, and a weakened immune system also are increased risks. It is important to look for warning signs.
Not catching these cancer cells can cause them to divide and spread to your head and neck. If you see a sore on your lip that doesn't seem to go away it make be something to be concerned about. You could notice white spots, or a sore that bleeds inside your mouth.
You could have loose teeth or dentures that don't fit correctly. Symptoms also include painful tongue, painful jaw or stiffness, a hard time chewing or swallowing, and sore throat. It has not been pinpointed to what exactly causes these cells to divide and spread, but that's why it is important for you to see your dentist routinely.
Talk with us about what they recommend to maintain good oral hygiene practices every day. What is the best brush to use and why. What toothpaste to use. When is the best time to brush and floss. We can also give you information on how to curb your appetite for a while, and things you can snack on in between brushing.
Keep up with routine cleanings in our office, because we are able to get to all the places you can't with everyday practices. The goal is to keep you happy and healthy. For questions or concerns, please call our office today. We want to see your smile.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 822-0262 today.