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What You Should Know About Oral Cancer [BLOG]

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It’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s time to talk about how our team at Rod Gleave, DMD, can help you stay informed and healthy.
We’re starting today with our blog about what you should know about oral cancer!
In our Salt Lake City, UT dental office, we do all we can to catch oral health problems before they take hold of your mouth and pose dangerous threats to your overall wellness.
By seeing you on a routine basis, Dr. Gleave and our skilled hygienists can keep you safe and smiling for a lifetime.
Until your next visit, here is some information that you’ll find useful in the fight against oral cancer!

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer

Like any health threat, you already understand the logic behind screenings and early detection. That’s your best chance to survive a potential diagnosis.
Dr. Gleave and our team want to make sure that all of our patients understand their personal risks for dental problems like gum disease and oral cancer, as well as the value of routine visits to our Salt Lake City, UT practice.
If we can catch warning signs early enough, you have a much better chance for successful treatment, remission, and lifelong health.
It’s one of the reasons why we invest in the latest technology. We know how critical it is to be able to get the clearest picture possible of what’s going on inside your oral cavity so we can keep you healthy!

*Anyone Can Develop It*

When you’re talking about cancer risks that are not gender specific, it’s important to never make the mistake of thinking you’re completely free from the chance of developing cancer in general.
For example, you know that a decades-long smoker can go through life and never get lung cancer, while a person who has never even taken a single puff off a cigarette can.
We’re, unfortunately, pretty fair game… unfair as that is.
But we want to talk about how you can reduce your chances for getting oral cancer today.

*Many Risks Are Tied To Environment & Lifestyle*

Surprisingly, many people who are diagnosed with a type of mouth cancer could have prevented it. That’s because several environmental and lifestyle factors significantly increase people’s risk.
Here are a few of them:

*Tobacco Use*

Current and former smokers are at the highest risk for developing cancers that affect your mouth, lips, tongue, and throat.
We don’t even really need to go into all the reasons you should quit smoking, but if you needed another, you could greatly reduce your risk for oral cancer if you kicked the habit.

*Heavy Drinking*

There are all sorts of health-related dangers tied to excessive alcohol consumption, oral cancer among them.
What’s more is that in terms of mouth cancers, coupling heavy drinking with tobacco use will have an even greater impact on your risks.

*STI Risk*

Studies show that contracting HPV has a direct impact on a person’s risk for oral cancer. It naturally raises important questions about how people, especially in a younger demographic, should best protect themselves against HPV and other potentially life-threatening sexually transmitted infections.

*How Old You Are*

While researchers have long agreed that people over the age of 50 have been at the highest risk for oral cancer, what we’re noticing now is a shift in oral cancer diagnosis among a much younger age group.
What’s widely assumed is that the spread of HPV and its link to mouth cancer has caused this trend.

Know How To Protect Your Oral Health

So many health problems we might face in our lifetime can come on quietly and slowly, to the point where we don’t even realize there’s an issue until it’s too late.
It’s why you hear medical and dental professionals urge people to be proactive about certain health screenings.
This emphasis on early detection is just as true when it comes to oral cancer.
Dr. Gleave and our team want to do all we can to promote your best health and quality of life. We want to reduce the chance you might develop oral health threats in the first place, as well as optimize your chances for overcoming them should they happen anyway.
That means visiting us at least two times a year so we can give you a thorough cleaning and inspection. Any early signs of trouble can be detected with our highly-trained professionals and our advanced technology.
If you haven’t had a dental check-up yet this year, give us a call today!

Schedule A Dental Exam

One of the top priorities of Dr. Gleave and all of us here in Salt Lake City is making sure you understand the connections between your oral and overall health.
That means raising awareness through our dental blogs, and also seeing you consistently for those invaluable dental cleanings and exams.
Dr. Gleave is an experienced dentist who can thoroughly check your mouth for any early signs of trouble and take steps to preserve your oral health.
If you have any questions about your oral cancer risks, or are concerned about other potential problems with your teeth and gums, trust our team as your support system!
Call Rod Gleave, DMD, today at (801) 747-8531 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.
 

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