Each year, thousands of people in the UK are diagnosed with some form of mouth cancer, which is caused by abnormal cell growth in the mouth, tongue, lips, or throat. If caught early, a patient with mouth cancer can experience a better outcome, which is why regular dental checks are so important.
To help prevent mouth cancer, you should:
- See your dentist regularly and have oral cancer screenings
- Stop smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
If you notice any changes in your mouth, report them to your dentist right away. Your dentist has the expertise and training to spot irregularities that could be early signs of the disease. They will provide advice and, if necessary, refer you to a specialist.