Community | 06 April, 2022

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month: What you need to know about Oral Cancer

It’s April and that can only mean one thing, Oral Cancer Awareness Month! This campaign throughout April raises awareness of mouth cancer and shares important messaging about being mouth aware.

At Abano Healthcare we’re reminding everyone that examinations by your oral health professional remain the best method to detect oral cancer in its early stages.

What is oral cancer?

Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer, refers to several variations of cancers that develop in any parts that make up the oral cavity. Oral cancer can occur on the lips, gums, tongue, inner lining of the cheeks and mouth lining.

Be mindful of symptoms for early detection

In between dental visits it’s important to check your mouth regularly while being aware of the following warning signs!

  • Pain in your mouth
  • Difficult or painful swallowing or chewing
  • Mouth ulcers that don’t heal
  • Bleeding or numbness in the mouth

It’s much easier to treat Oral Cancer when detected early so if any of these oral cancer symptoms are identified and persist for days or weeks, it is important to book an appointment with your local Maven Dental, 1300 Smiles or Lumino practice. Your oral health clinician will be able to discuss the different treatment options. As with any cancer, having your oral cancer diagnosed as soon as possible will help ensure your treatment is as effective as possible.

Minimizing the risk of oral cancer

There are several ways to reduce the likelihood of developing oral cancer. We advise that you establish a solid at home, oral health routine and build a good relationship with your dentist or dental hygienist. For a healthy smile and good overall oral health we recommend:

  • Book regular routine hygiene and dental check-ups with your dentist or dental hygienist. We recommend every 6 months.
  • Limit alcohol and tobacco consumption
  • Instil good oral health habits including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily

While it’s impossible to fully prevent the risk of Oral Cancer incorporating some of these steps into your lifestyle can help reduce your chances of diagnosis.

If you’ve never had an oral cancer screening, there is no better time to schedule one than during Oral Cancer Awareness month in April. Find your local practice and make an appointment today!