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Oral cancer in Charlottesville, Virginia, is an uncontrollable growth of cells that invades the mouth, living on the lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palates, sinuses, and throat. The cancer may appear to be a sore or growth that won’t go away. This disease can be life threatening if it is not diagnosed or treated early.

Our Crozet Dentist team recommends that you avoid this disease at all costs by doing the following things:

-Do not smoke or use any tobacco products. We also recommend that you refrain from binge drinking alcoholic beverages. However, you can drink in moderation.

-Have a well-balanced diet.

-Limit your exposure to the sun. If you are in the sun often, your risks of developing oral cancer on your lips increase. The best thing you can do is put sun-protecting lotion on your skin and lips.

Additional things you can do to keep your oral health in top-notch condition are:

-Conduct a self-exam at least once a month: Use a bright light and mirror and closely examine your entire mouth, like your lips, gums, and tongue, and look for any signs of oral cancer. It’s also important to look at the back of your throat and check your neck for any lumps or enlarged lymph nodes.

-Visit your dentist regularly: Regular dental visits are vital and extremely beneficial. When you come into our office for your dental cleanings, your dentist will perform an oral cancer screening. This is very helpful because sometimes the self-exams cannot identify the little signs.

If you would like to know more about preventing and detecting oral cancer, please feel free to call 434-218-7072 today and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Dr. Jennifer Rice and Dr. James Rice. The sooner you call into our office, the sooner you’ll have the information you need to take proper care of your smile!