Posted .

Just like all other major illnesses, oral cancer has a list of quantifiable risk factors that have proven to lead to contracting the disease. While you still have to fight against a family history of the disease, and the genetic cards you were dealt at birth, you have a measure of control over your risk for oral cancer.

The trick is learning how to mitigate those risks. The first step to doing so is knowing what those risks are. That’s where Dr. Hope Still and the team at Family Smiles Dental in Dallas, Georgia can help. We know the factors, and we have some tips to help you avoid them.  

Risk factors

If you have a long family history of oral cancer or even a recent one, that’s reason enough to work on decreasing risk factors. One of the best things you can do is to make sure you’re vigilant about your six-month checkups. Part of a standard cleaning is an oral cancer screening. Early signs are fairly obvious to trained professionals, but you’re also encouraged to share everything that may concern you.

The other way to decrease your risk is to practice great oral health. Avoiding any kind of gum infection, disease, or other problems greatly reduces your risk of oral cancer.

Early warning signs

Some of the most common early warning signs include lumps forming in your mouth, white-and-red speckled spots anywhere in your mouth, and a chronic sore throat. These are problems that shouldn’t ever be ignored.

We don’t want to see you suffer from oral cancer. Give us a call today at 770-505-4746 so we can make sure you having nothing to worry about.