Avoiding Cancer with Perfect Oral Hygiene


Did you know that about 9750 deaths occur because of oral cancer each year? This means that close to 1 person dies every 24 hours because of some kind of mouth/esophagus cancer. The horrific fact though is that oral cancer is continuing to increase. It has now become the 10th most common cancer among men and 15th most common cancer among women.

Ultimately it all comes down to taking care of oral hygiene and health. Brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting a dentist regularly does not only ensure that you have a beautiful smile, but it also ascertains that you stay away from any kind of oral cancer.

So what is the major factor that leads to oral cancers? Excessive and continued use of tobacco in cigars, cigarettes, pipes, snuff and other forms of smokeless tobacco. Use of alcohol and Human Papillomavirus are some other causes of oral cancers. People who are immune to their oral and physical health as well as those who intake poor nutrition can also develop some kind of cancerous condition.

The reason why it is so important to visit a dentist routinely is that according to American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, if there is any kind of cancer in the mouth, they would be able to detect it. But that is not all. Family dentists or oral surgeons will also be able to guide their patients to the best of oral practices. They will inform every one of the right procedures to attain optimum oral hygiene.

As per the advice of American Dental Association, everyone be it children or adults, should visit dentists regularly in order to make sure that no oral cancer is developed. If such a cancer does occur, it can be dealt with in due time.

April 15, 2017

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