5 ways to best prevent mouth cancer

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, a campaign which aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.

More than 6,700 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year In the UK alone. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade – and remains one of few cancers which are predicted to increase in the coming years. In fact 1 in every 7 people is expected to be affected by mouth cancer.

Throughout November, dentists and campaigners, in association with the British Dental Health Association have been helping raise awareness of prevention measures and how to identify the early signs of mouth cancer.

5 ways to best prevent mouth cancer

Keep a healthy dental routine

It seems obvious, but ensuring you maintain a regular and healthy dental routine is important to ensure that you are in the best position to protect yourself from mouth cancer. There is even evidence to suggest that mouth problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can directly increase the likelihood of developing mouth cancer.

Quit smoking

Smoking and chewing tobacco can directly increase the likelihood of developing mouth cancer - even a casual habit and smokeless tobacco has been shown to be dangerous. Quitting tobacco products should be a top priority for all users.

Eat Healthy

Diet is an important factor in keeping a healthy lifestyle. Eating poor quality and processed foods has been shown types of mouth cancer.

A healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is thought to reduce your risk of developing mouth cancer

Avoid excessive sun exposure

Mouth cancer can develop on the upper and lower lip, making them vulnerable. Always use UV- blocking sun protection on your lips when you are in the sun. Repeated exposure to UV rays can increase the risk of cancer on the lips, especially the lower lip.

Visit your dentist regularly

Dentists are well placed to identify mouth cancer. Ensure that you visit your dentist regularly (at least every six months) and ask for an oral cancer screening to be done.

What to look out for

Regular self-examinations are important to identify the condition early. You can use a mouth mirror (available at most pharmacies) for those hard-to-see areas. Be sure to check the back and sides of your tongue. If you see or feel anything suspicious such as lumps, bumps, tender areas, or discoloured patches, see your dentist to have it checked.

We at Brunswick Court Dental Practice pride ourselves on our commitment to patient care and continuing professional development. All members of our team are fully qualified and registered with the general dental council. If you would like to find out more please contact us.

 

About the author

Barry Tibbott

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Brunswick Court Dental Practice was established in 1986 as a private practice where Barry is the clinical director.

Involved in implants for many years, Barry has completed a Masters Degree in Implantology at Warwick University where he gained a distinction. He is currently a clinical lecturer to postgraduate MSc students at Warwick University, in addition to mentoring local dentists in this field.

Barry is a member and Implant Mentor for The Association of Dental Implantology and a fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine. He is also a Consultant Member of the British Society of Oral Implantology. You can find him on

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