loader image

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month- Fight Back Against Oral Cancer

ORAL CANCER IS A SUBJECT we’d all prefer not to have to think about, but it’s critical to have a basic understanding of risk factors and symptoms. More than 50,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with oral cancer last year, and that number is expected to rise. That’s why, in honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we’re dedicating a blog post to giving our patients the tools they need for early detection.

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

There are several risk factors that increase a person’s chances of developing oral cancer. Some of them are out of our control, such as age and sex. Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, and it is far more common in people over 45. But there are plenty of risk factors that we can control, the biggest of which is tobacco. A whopping 85 percent of oral cancer cases are linked to some kind of tobacco use (even e-cigarettes). The next biggest avoidable risk factor is frequent, heavy alcohol consumption.

A few of the less-obvious risk factors include getting too much sun (which can cause lip cancer), HPV, and neglecting your oral hygiene, particularly if you also smoke. You can eliminate this risk factor by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling regular dental appointments!

Symptoms To Watch Out For

Unfortunately, even people with none of these risk factors will sometimes develop oral cancer anyway, which is why it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms, which include:

  • A sore in the mouth or on the lip that doesn’t heal
  • Red or white patches inside the mouth
  • Unusual lump on lip, mouth, neck, or throat, or strange thickness in the cheek
  • Persistent sensation of having something stuck in the throat
  • Numbness of mouth or tongue
  • Difficulty with chewing or swallowing
  • Chronic bad breath

If you do have one or more of the risk factors for oral cancer, getting regular general health screenings can catch it before you even notice any symptoms. The earlier oral cancer is caught, the easier it is to beat it.

 

Where Does The Dentist Fit In?

Another way oral cancer is caught early is at regular dental exams! In addition to checking your teeth for cavities and your gums for signs of gum disease, we can spot many of those early symptoms of oral cancer while we’re looking at your mouth, which is just one more reason why it’s so important to keep scheduling your dental appointments!

Even if you don’t have oral cancer or any of the risk factors, you can still help the people who are fighting this disease. Ask us how you can get involved!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Previous Posts

Grinding Bruxism To A Halt

Grinding Bruxism To A Halt

GRINDING OR CLENCHING YOUR teeth is a pretty normal thing to do when you’re annoyed or stressed, and that’s nothing to worry about. However, if you grind your teeth on a more regular basis, whether asleep or awake, it can become a serious problem. This kind of chronic...

read more
TMD Home Remedies

TMD Home Remedies

If your dentist determined you have a temporomandibular disorder which is often referred to as TMD, here is what you need to know. The "T" in TMD stands for the temple, "M" for the mandible or jaw and "D" for a disorder within this complex. This disorder is usually...

read more
Care First Dental Team Color Logo Dover Delaware Dentist

Care First Dental Team Facebook  Care First Dental Team Twitter  Care First Dental Team Google Plus  Care First Dental Team YouTube

Care First Dental Team
4.9
Based on 218 reviews
powered by Google
Nadiene Haynes
Nadiene Haynes
23:28 14 May 20
Dr Coope's office is the best Dental office I have ever been in. The staff is polite and pleasant. Dr Coope is awesome.... Pleasant, professional and extremely knowledgeable.read more
M.D. Murphy
M.D. Murphy
21:49 05 May 20
Best dental experience I've ever had! Dr. Coope, Jess, and all of the team really make you feel comfortable and cared... for!read more
Sonya Sparks
Sonya Sparks
21:16 17 Apr 20
Dr. Coope was very gentle and made sure that he kept me informed every step. The office atmosphere is welcoming. His... staff genuinely kind and are always smiling. I wish I knew about his office years ago! If you’re looking for a great dentist, let this be your first and last stop!~S.Sparksread more
Dorothy Daniels
Dorothy Daniels
10:30 11 Mar 20
My experience was awesome. I had been looking for a new dentist and I came across this dentist office. I was impressed... with the reviews I had seen so I prayed about it and made an appointment. The staff was amazing answered all my questions and the dentist was patient, kind, explained everything. I will recommend to anyone who ask.read more
tony Diego
tony Diego
01:01 25 Feb 20
I appreciate the professional manner of everyone on your staff starting with when you walk in at the desk with Jessica... and Ashley the hygienist and Dr Coupe. Thank you all for your services I would recommend your office 2 anyone and everyone. Best dentist office I've ever been toread more
More reviews
js_loader

Hours

Monday

8am-5pm


Tuesday

8am-5pm


Wednesday

8am-5pm


Thursday

8am-5pm


Friday

8am-1pm


Sat & Sun

Closed


Contact Us

(302) 741-2044
care1st@verizon.net

A Dover Delaware Dentist
Care First Dental Team
1250 South Governors Ave.
Dover, DE 19904

©2024 Care First Dental Team. All rights reserved. Website Designed by BrandSwan. Privacy Policy

Click Here To Request An Appointment

You have Successfully Subscribed!