How to reduce your risk for oral cancer:

Stop using tobacco or don’t start – Using smoked or chewed tobacco exposes the cells in your mouth to dangerous cancer-causing chemicals.

Drink alcohol only in moderation – Excessive alcohol use can irritate the cells in your mouth, making them susceptible to oral cancer.  According to the Mayo Clinic, moderation for healthy adults means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.

Avoid excessive sun exposure to your lips – Protect the skin on your lips from the sun by staying in the shade when possible. Wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades your entire face, including your mouth. Apply a sunscreen lip product as part of your routine sun protection routine.

Visit us at Yahara Dental regularly – As part of your routine dental exam, we inspect your entire mouth for abnormal areas that may indicate mouth cancer or precancerous changes.