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Oral cancer in Richmond, Virginia, is a dangerous disease that attacks the tissues of the mouth, like the tongue, gums, cheeks, lips, and roof of the mouth. If this disease is ignored or left untreated, it can destroy your smile and result in your death. So, the best thing you can do is prevent this sickness, and our Personal Dental Care team recommends doing so by 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.

Two additionally great ways to take care of your smile are by doing the following:

-Conduct a self-exam at least once a month: Closely examine your oral tissues with a mirror and bright light. Feel the inside your mouth and check for any oral cancer signs. It’s important to focus on examining your gums, lips, cheeks, tongue, and roof of your mouth. We also recommend feeling your neck for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes as well as checking the back of your throat.

-Visit your dentist regularly: When you visit your dentist for your dental cleanings and exams, you will also receive an oral cancer screening, which will allow your dentist to thoroughly examine your entire oral cavity for any oral cancer signs. This is beneficial because oftentimes the self-exams are not enough to identify the small, hidden symptoms.

If you would like to know more about ways to prevent oral cancer, please call 804-554-3767 today and talk to a member of our team. We are more than happy to help you! We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist if you’re due for a dental cleaning and exam. We look forward to helping you!