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Protect Your Smile: Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is oral cancer awareness month, at London City Smiles, we are dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of regular check-ups and maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent oral cancer.

How You Can Help

You can help raise awareness about oral cancer by sharing this post and other resources on social media. You can also schedule a check-up with your dentist and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against oral cancer.

Remember, early detection is key in the successful treatment of oral cancer. Don’t wait until it’s too late, schedule your check-up today and help spread awareness about this important cause.

Have you or someone you know been affected by oral cancer? Share your story in the comments below. Let’s continue to raise awareness and support those affected by this disease.

Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, is a type of cancer that can affect any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. It is estimated that over 53,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with oral cancer in the next decade. This makes it the 11th most common cancer in the country.

The Importance of Regular Check-Ups

Regular check-ups with your dentist are crucial in detecting oral cancer early on. During these check-ups, your dentist will examine your mouth for any signs of cancer, such as red or white patches, sores that won’t heal, or lumps in the mouth or neck. Early detection can greatly increase the chances of successful treatment and recovery.

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is not only important for preventing cavities and gum disease, but it can also help reduce the risk of oral cancer. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash can help remove bacteria and plaque from your mouth, reducing the risk of developing oral cancer. It is also important to limit your alcohol consumption and avoid tobacco products, as these are major risk factors for oral cancer.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, as early detection can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment. Some common signs and symptoms of oral cancer include:

– Red or white patches in the mouth
– Sores that won’t heal
– Lumps in the mouth or neck
– Difficulty swallowing or chewing
– Numbness or pain in the mouth or lips
– Changes in voice or speech
– Unexplained weight loss

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.