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. 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 broad-brimmed hat that effectively shades your entire face, including your mouth. Apply a sunscreen lip product as part of your routine sun protection regimen.
Visit us at Lakeshore 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.