Oral Health Awareness Tips and Oral Cancer Screening

April is Oral Health and Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

Time for some spring cleaning! Screening for oral cancer isn’t the only reason you should drop in for visit. Prevention and maintenance of good oral hygiene is key!

Every year, roughly 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and approximately 1,050 will die from it. Oral Cancer Awareness Month aims to save lives by spreading awareness not only of how to detect oral cancer, but also how to prevent it by maintaining good oral health overall.


Important Reasons to Maintain Good Oral Health

The risk of oral cancer is just one of many reasons why it is so important to consistently maintain good oral health throughout your life. Here are some important reasons why good oral health is so important:


  • Quality of Life: A lot of people do not realize just how much they depend on their teeth, gums and tongue to function well, until they start having problems. Unhealthy teeth and gums can become a serious obstacle in a person’s ability to live their life to its fullest — eating the food they love, not being self-conscious about smiling or speaking without any impediment. 
  • Avoid Complications: If you do not maintain good oral care habits, you might not see consequences immediately, but as you age, you certainly will. People who care for their teeth throughout their life are far less likely to need extensive treatments and procedures, suffer gum issues and require dentures, saving money and avoiding potential discomfort.
  • Prevent Gum Disease: Bad oral health can lead to gum disease which can be a serious problem in a person’s life. Gingivitis not only causes discomfort and tooth issues but may also lead to diabetes and irreversible heart problems.
  • Help Prevent Oral Cancer: Oral cancer has a relatively low survival rate primarily because it often goes undetected until it is too late. Many of its symptoms are ones which people who do not maintain healthy teeth and gums may already have but not notice, especially if they do not often see a dentist. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as a fruit and vegetable-rich diet are known ways of preventing oral cancer. Vices such as smoking, vaping and chewing tobacco, can cause dry mouth, bad breath, aggravate mouth sores and may also increase your risk for cancer.


Ultimately, the best thing you can do to reduce your risk for oral cancer and its complications is to adopt healthy habits and take steps for early detection by regularly seeing a dentist who knows what to look for and can identify potential problem areas before they become serious issues. At Parkland Mall Dental, we offer oral cancer screenings as well as consultations on how to maintain good oral health overall. We serve our patients in Red Deer and the surrounding area with flexible office hours to suit your schedule. 


5 WAYS TO SPRING CLEAN FOR YOUR ORAL HEALTH

  1. Reduce the amount of sugary foods and drinks that you eat.
  2. Ensure that you’re eating a well-balanced diet. Swap out the chips for cheese, nuts, fruits and veggies!
  3. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Don’t forget to replace your family’s toothbrushes at least every 3 months.
  4. Make flossing a daily habit!
  5. Avoid smoking, vaping, cannabis, or chewing tobacco.


To book a consultation, cleaning, or screening, call us at 403-342-1118 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment. We are currently taking new patients, so please don’t hesitate to ask how we can help you.

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