You have been brushing your teeth for as long as you can remember. Ever since you were a kid, your parents brought you to the dentist twice and year for your checkups. Every morning and every night, you knew you weren’t ready to start or end the day until your teeth sparkled. And you knew that floss was supposed to be your best friend.
You probably still know all of these things, but do you know why you need to follow this dental protocol each and every day? For many of us, brushing our teeth and flossing are just part of the routine, but the bigger reason for these habits might surprise you.
Its name is oral cancer, and it is anything but pretty.- http://www.google.com/imgres?q=oral+cancer&um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1280&bih=591&tbm=isch&tbnid=h3cQM6i4X51hYM:&imgrefurl=http://www.intelligentdental.com/2009/12/07/hpv-oral-cancer/&docid=Cj2a9LV8JY0BOM&w=231&h=227&ei=lgh5TtbtFermiAKL_pzhDw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=267&page=1&tbnh=122&tbnw=115&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:0&tx=93&ty=38
This is a nasty cancer of the mouth that if left untreated, can spread not only through the mouth, but to other parts of the body and cause facial disfigurement. Oral cancer affects the mouth, which includes the lips, the gums, tongue, cheek lining, underneath the tongue (the mouth floor), and the salivary glands (the glands that make saliva). That’s quite a bit of your smile that could be affected! Keep reading for more tips about how to keep this cancer away from all the parts of your mouth!
How Do I Prevent Oral Cancer?
No one wants oral cancer. It is as simple as that. So in order to keep you healthy, Dr. Ansarian has some prevention tips that will keep your oral health in order. At Ansarian Dental Care, we want you to smile for as long as possible, so follow this advice to keep oral cancer away!
1. Say No to Cigarettes– There are too many good reasons to quit smoking. Your body will be healthier, you will have more energy, and you will cut the greatest risk factor for developing oral cancer. For ways to quit using cigarettes and chew tobacco, visit link. -http://www.smokefree.gov/
2. Say No to Drinking– alcohol abuse is another factor that can boost your risk for developing oral cancer. The dehydrating effect of alcohol on the mouth’s cell walls boosts the capability of tobacco carcinogens to attack tissues of the mouth. With smoking and drinking combined, you are elevating your chances of developing oral cancer to new heights. To keep it simple, don’t drink markedly and don’t smoke. Moderation is key.
3. SPF 30 Anyone?-Your lips are the entrance to your beautiful smile, and they too can be at risk for oral cancer. Make sure that your lips get sunscreen lip balm applied to them, and be smart when you are out in the sun. Following general healthy sun habits will keep your oral health at its best too, so you can keep smiling!
4. Fruits and Veggies– some studies suggest that not eating enough of the essentials, fruits and vegetables, can actually elevate your risk of developing oral cancer. Cooking your own meals with colorful ingredients is an excellent way to ensure that you are hitting all of the major food groups, while also staying fit and trim. Not only will you boost your confidence, but your teeth will thank you for your efforts as well. There’s no better reason to smile than for feeling good about yourself!
5. Use That Toothbrush– from a young age, you have known just how important brushing all of your teeth is. The same applies to your adult years, so get out a toothbrush and start brushing. Make the twice-a-day-brushing part of your daily routine. And don’t forget the floss. These small steps can make a huge difference in your oral health.
6. Stop In and Visit Dr. Ansarian– Ansarian Dental Care is here for your benefit. At your checkup, Dr. Ansarian can screen for oral cancer. You will have the most up to date medical records if you include dental health in your overall health. So come on in and see us! We have your best interest in mind!
Dr. Ansarian and Your Oral Health
Oral cancer is best treated if it is caught early. One of the best ways to screen for oral cancer is to see Dr. Ansarian regularly. The more you know about your dental health, the better. Give us a call at Ansarian Dental Care at 416-340-8800!
• Pubmed Health. Oral Cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002030/
• Oral Cancer Foundation. Oral Cancer- http://oralcancerfoundation.org/tobacco/types_of_tobacco.htm
• Healthy Teeth. Healthy Teeth- Oral Education Database.
• National Cancer Center. What You Need to Know about Oral Cancer.