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Oral cancer in Nellysford, Virginia, is a serious and dangerous disease that invades the smile, damages the tissue, and appears as a growth or sore that won’t go away. This disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, throat, sinuses, and the hard and soft palates. If you let this disease take over your oral health, it could result in smile destruction and even death.

The best thing you can do for your health is prevent oral cancer as much as possible. Our Rice Dentistry of Nellysford team recommends doing so by doing the following things:

-Don’t smoke any tobacco products and refrain from binge drinking alcohol.

-Have a well-balanced diet.

-Limit your exposure to the sun. Being in the sun can increase your risks of developing cancer on the lips.

Dr. Jennifer Rice, and Dr. James Rice and our team also encourage you to take an active role in identifying the cancer at the early stages of development. If you catch it early, your chances of eliminating the disease increase. We recommend doing the following things:

-Conduct a self-exam at least once a month: Use a bright light and a mirror and look at every aspect of your mouth, including the lips, gums, cheeks, roof of the mouth, and tongue. You should also check the back of your throat and feel your neck for enlarged lymph nodes.

-Visit your dentist regularly: Sometimes oral cancer is difficult to detect on your own, which is why it’s important to visit your dentist regularly. When you come in for your dental cleanings, your dentist will perform an oral cancer screening and will thoroughly examine your entire oral cavity for any signs of cancer.

For more information about oral cancer and the ways to prevent it, please call 434-218-7020 today and talk to your dentist or a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you!