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5 Ways To Help Prevent Oral Cancer Marietta, GA

5 Ways To Help Prevent Oral Cancer

Dental Patient Marietta GA

In the United States, nearly 100 people receive a diagnosis of oral cancer each day. Mouth cancer includes cancer of any part of the oral cavity, from your lips to the back of your throat. Oral cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, not because it’s not treatable but because it is often detected too late. This makes it critical that you know the facts and symptoms of oral cancer so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible. When it comes to the risk factors of oral cancer, the majority of them are within your control.

Take action by preventing oral cancer with the following:

#1 Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol – Heavy tobacco use, either smoking or chewing, is among the leading causes for oral cancer. In fact, it doubles your risk! Cut back on drinking alcohol and kick your tobacco habit if you want to steer clear of oral cancer.

#2 Brush and Floss Every Day – Diligent oral hygiene can protect your mouth from an oral virus (HPV) that is known to cause oral cancer. It also helps to boost your body’s immune system to fight potential cancers.

#3 Make Healthy Diet and Exercise a Priority – By keeping your body healthy through proper nutrition and exercise, you’ll reap the benefits of a stronger immune system and lower risk for cancer. Research shows that a ‘Mediterranean-style diet’ is best for cancer prevention, which includes fresh vegetables, citrus fruits, olive oil and fish.

#4 Know the Signs – Do you know what oral cancer looks like? Check yourself periodically for red or white patches on the lining of your mouth or tongue. Also take note of any swelling that persists longer than 3 weeks and any ulcers that don’t heal within 10 to 14 days.

#5 Attend Your Routine Dental Exams – While you may not always be able to detect oral cancer at home, your dentist can. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we perform oral cancer screenings at your routine checkups. It is a quick and painless evaluation that could save your life. Oral cancer that is detected at its early stages shows a 90% survival rate!

If you have further questions about how to prevent oral cancer or want to know whether or not your lifestyle is putting you at risk, please let us know. Our Marietta dental team is committed to helping you feel confident in your oral health.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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