According to the Oral Cancer Society, almost 50,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. This statistic is both shocking and a cause for concern. The question remains: is there a way to prevent oral diseases from occurring? Thankfully, there are plenty of good oral hygiene steps you can take to minimize your risk. First, take a look at the details of oral pathology:
Understanding Oral Pathology
Your mouth is made up of hard tissues (bone) and soft tissues (gums, cheeks, lips, tongue, and palate). Both types of tissues can attract oral diseases. It’s important to note that certain diseases can either be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). However, in both cases, it’s vital to take charge of your oral health to remove any abnormalities. By conducting monthly mouth exams at home, you will be able to spot potential issues and diseases before they spread too fast. If you see anything out of the ordinary, call us immediately to set up an appointment with Dr. Tomlinson.
How You Can Prevent Oral Diseases
Certain people are more prone to oral diseases, whether that’s due to genetics or family history. However, there are steps you can take to improve your dental care so the chance of developing an oral disease is minimal. Implement these tips for a healthier mouth and overall life:
- Avoid tobacco products
- Decrease sugar intake and alcohol consumption
- Drink plenty of water with fluoride in it
- Eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, and radishes
- Maintain a well-balanced diet
- Perform optimal oral hygiene such as flossing, brushing your teeth, and using mouthwash
In addition to these tips, don’t neglect seeing your dentist for regular dental cleanings and your oral surgeon if you spot an abnormality. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Tomlinson.