Gum Cancer Prevention

What are the best things to do for gum cancer prevention?

The best method of gum cancer prevention is to stay away from the things doctors and scientists know to cause gum cancer. This practice, combined with good oral hygiene and regular dental maintenance are the best ways to decrease your chance of developing gum cancer.

Below is a summary of a few gum cancer prevention techniques:

  • Do not use tobacco and if you currently do quit as soon as possible. Tobacco is the number one cause of gum cancer and the best method of gum cancer prevention is to never use it at all or quit immediately if you do. While quitting does not eliminate your chance of developing gum cancer it does significantly decrease your risk of developing the disease.

Quitting Smokeless Tobacco

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation long term snuff users may be as much as 50 percent more at risk for cancer of the gum and cheeks than non users. For help quitting smokeless tobacco for good visit some these sites on ways to quit.

Howtoquitdipping.org– A site dedicated to helping you quit smokeless tobacco

A Guide for Quitting Smokeless Tobacco from NIDCR

Quitting Smoking

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation cigarette smoking can decrease a smoker’s life expectancy by 10 to 12 years and smokers between the ages of 35 and 70 have death rates three times higher than non-smokers. Quitting for good is one of the best methods of gum cancer prevention. For more information on how to quit smoking visit these links:

Quitnet.com– Site centered around a community of ex-smokers and people in the process of quitting. Includes free resources such as a forum, clubs, and live chat to help you quit smoking for good.

Freedom From Smoking Online– Online program adapted from the American Lung Association group clinic to help adults quit smoking. There is a $15/3 months or $40/year membership fee for the program.

Smokefree.gov– site designed to help you or someone you love quit smoking. Site includes step-by-step quitting guides, live help chat and phone options as well as tons of printable resources and publications.

  • Limit alcohol use or do not drink at all. Alcohol has been shown to damage the lining of the gums increasing one’s risk for developing cancer. Eliminating all alcohol is your best option for gum cancer prevention, but even reducing the amount you consume per day will decrease your risk of developing gum cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends no more than two drinks per day for men and one for women.
  • Have regular checkups with both your dentist and doctor. If you believe you are at risk for gum cancer be sure to let your dentist and doctor know and have him or her check your gums for any abnormalities or possible signs of gum cancer. Not only are regular checkups good for catching gum cancer early, they are good for finding all sorts of medical issues in their early stages and keeping you in optimal health.
  • Have any dental problems corrected as soon as possible. This prevents them from getting any worse, possibly leading to development of cancer.
  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush, floss and visit the dentist regularly. Do all that your dentist recommends.
  • Perform self-examinations on your mouth. Regularly check your gums for any abnormalities or strange changes. Monitor any sores, lesions or irregular spots that develop and have them checked by a dentist if they do not go away in two weeks.

Want more information on gum cancer and gum cancer prevention?

Our pages centered around gum cancer will give you a basic understanding of the disease and will also direct you to other sites with more information on gum cancer and gum cancer prevention.

Gum Cancer

Gum Cancer Symptoms

Gum Cancer Causes

Gum Cancer Treatment

Gum Cancer Pictures

Gum Cancer Resources

References

Alcohol Use and Cancer. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/DietandPhysicalActivity/alcohol-use-and-cancer. Accessed January 18, 2012

Tobacco Connection, The. The Oral Cancer Foundation. http://oralcancerfoundation.org/tobacco/index.htm. Accessed January 18, 2012.

 

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