When it comes to mouth-related diseases, one of the worst things that can happen to you is oral cancer. It is an extremely painful and dangerous condition that affects the tissue in the mouth. The cancerous growths can affect any area in the mouth but are normally found on the gums, tongue or cheeks. It affects tens of thousands of people in Canada. Thankfully, there are ways to help avoid it. The best ways to prevent oral cancer are:

Avoiding Tobacco

According to research, smoking or using tobacco of any kind (particularly chewing tobacco) is one of the major causes of mouth cancer. One large study done in Europe showed that it was involved in 75% of cases. Quitting if you are currently a smoker or avoiding it altogether is your best bet to not get it. This also means doing your best to avoid second hand smoke. Of course, there are many other benefits to quitting smoking as well!

Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption

This is also good idea in your life in general, but especially when it comes to preventing mouth cancer. Alcohol can irritate the cells in your mouth, especially when taken in large quantities. In general, try to limit your consumption to a drink per day at most and avoid binge drinking.

See the dentist regularly

It might seem obvious, but many people still don’t follow this advice. We can’t stress to you how important it is to get regular cleanings, and to have a dentist take a look inside your mouth to spot any issues developing. Should there be any problems, a visit to the dentist also gives you a much better chance at catching them before they become serious.

Mouth cancer is a terrible disease. Not only is it painful, but it is also life-threatening. Thankfully, it isn’t very common, but it is still an issue worth knowing about and preventing. Here at Scarboro smiles, we are dedicated to providing you with a smile that you can be proud of. We are here to help with tips and advice for your oral health. Contact us to set up an appointment today.