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Debunking 3 Oral Cancer Myths

Monday - April 29th, 2024
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During your regular dental check-up at Bright Now! Dental, you’re not just getting a cleaning but taking proactive steps in detecting oral cancer. Cancer that develops in any part of your mouth, sinuses, and throat is considered oral cancer. If not treated early, it can be life-threatening. In this blog, we’ll debunk three oral cancer myths – read on to learn what steps you can take to help prevent this disease.

Myth 1: It’s easy to detect oral cancer

Fact: During its earliest stages, oral cancer can be hard to detect – even the symptoms may not be obvious. This is why regular exams by dental professionals are crucial for early detection and treatment. Your dental team is at the forefront of advancements in detecting oral cancer. If further examination is needed after the initial screening, your dentist will refer you to a specialist who will oversee your care and ensure you get the best treatment possible. Your health is our top priority and our amazing dental team is dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.

Myth 2: You only need to be screened for oral cancer if you’re considered high-risk.

Fact: Regardless of your risk factors, everyone should undergo consistent screenings. Early detection is important to improve treatment outcomes. During every dental cleaning, our dentist and hygienist look for signs of oral cancer. These screenings are quick, painless, and most importantly, could save your life.

Myth 3: Only tobacco users can get oral cancer.

Fact: Though tobacco use is a risk factor, non-smokers can also develop this cancer. Other risk factors include excessive alcohol consumption, a diet low in fruits and vegetables, chronic exposure to the sun (for lip cancer), and the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly, eating balanced meals, and managing your stress. These habits not only improve your overall health but protect your smile. We also recommend getting vaccinated against HPV which will help lower your risk for developing oral cancer.

A Brighter Future

We look forward to a world where oral cancer is a thing of the past. By increasing awareness, detecting early signs, and advancing technology for prevention, that future is possible. If you haven’t had your smile examined for a while, book an appointment with the nearest Bright Now! Dental office in your area. Our team is ready to help protect your mouth and teeth so you can enjoy it for years to come!