Usually when you go to the dentist, it is because you have dental pain, you want teeth whitening or dental cleaning and scaling. We want to emphasize in this blog how important it is to have twice yearly check-up at the dentist. Yes, your dentist will make sure you do not have any cavities, but what is more important is how regular dental visits can actually save your life!
What to keep in mind about Oral Cancer :
You might think oral cancers are rare but let’s look at some statistics: approximately 132 individuals are diagnosed with oral cancer every day, and someone dies of oral cancer every hour! It is a very deadly cancer and only half of oral patients survive over 5 years after their initial diagnosis. You need to remember that early detection and save your life! If diagnosed early survival rate increases by 80-90%
Excessive Alcohol consumption: drinking too much alcohol can increase the risk of oral cancer by double or even more.
Excessive Sun exposure: prolonged and excessive sun exposure can increase the chance of lip cancer due to UV rays.
Tobacco: using tobacco like cigarettes can increase the chance of having oral cancer by 3 times or more!
Age: two third of individuals with oral cancer are over 55 years old
Although knowing the risks can help us prevent them and reduce the chance of oral cancer,It is still affecting individuals that are non-smoker and healthy. One main reason can be HPV or Human papillomavirus. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease and will increase the chance of individuals 32 times more to have oral cancer.
Oral cancer starts as painless ulcers or sores and we highly recommend checking regularly at home and at your dentist. Come and see us at Gorgeous Smiles if you see or feel any lumps, white o red patches, numbness or sores that do not heal within 2 weeks.
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** 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 dentist in Melbourne with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.