Each year, thousands of people in the UK are diagnosed with some form of mouth cancer, which is caused by abnormal cell growth in the mouth, tongue, lips, or throat. The good news is that it can be successfully treated if caught early enough. This is one more reason why regular dental checks are so important.
To help prevent mouth cancer, you should do the following:
- See your dentist regularly and have oral cancer screenings
- Stop smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Eat a healthy diet
If you notice any changes in your mouth, report them to your dentist right away. Your dentist has the expertise and training to spot irregularities that could be early signs of the disease. He or she will advise you and, if necessary, refer you to a specialist.