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What is oral cancer and how to prevent it

Oral cancers are cancers that affect the on and under the tongue, the lining of the gums, the cheeks or roof of the mouth, the lips, and the back of the throat. They can be caused by smoking or alcohol use, or both. Oral cancer can also be caused by HPV.

One American dies from oral cancer every hour. Virtually everyone is at risk. In fact, 25% of cases of oral cancer occur in people who don’t smoke and have no other lifestyle risk factors.

Symptoms of oral cancer 

A few symptoms of oral cancer are:

  • Loose teeth
  • Pain in the mouth
  • White or reddish patches inside the mouth
  • A sore that won’t heal
  • Difficulty or painful swallowing

How to prevent oral cancer

Like many cancers, having a parent or sibling who has had cancer put you at higher risk for oral cancer. 

There are, however, preventative measures you can take like limiting you alcohol and tobacco use and protecting yourself from HPV. 

Luckily, if caught early oral cancer is treatable and at Flawless Dental, your health is our top priority. That’s why at every appointment with your dental hygienist, both your hygienist and dentist will do an oral cancer screening. 

Due for your 6-month check-up? Give us a call at (617) 332-2872 or book an appointment on our website: 

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