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Mouth Cancer: What is Your Role? Marietta, GA

Mouth Cancer: What is Your Role?

This year alone, more than 21,000 men and 9,000 women will be diagnosed with oral cancer. Although most people diagnosed are over 60 years old, age is not the only risk factor of mouth cancer. In fact, the main risk factors for oral cancer are things you can actually control. Mouth cancer includes cancer in any part of the oral cavity or oropharynx, including the mouth, gums and lips as well the throat at the back of your mouth.

You can take an active role in preventing mouth cancer or detecting it early:

  1. Brush and floss regularly By keeping your mouth healthy, you can protect your immune system and help your body fight off potential cancers.
  2. Avoid smoking (or chewing) tobacco – Tobacco users exponentially increase their risk for mouth cancer compared with those who do not smoke.
  3. Drink alcohol in moderation – Limit your alcohol to 2 or 3 drinks per day. Even binge drinking can put you at a higher risk.
  4. Limit your sun – Are you remembering to apply sunscreen to your lips? Always use UV-A/B-blocking sun protection on your lips when you are in the sun.
  5. Exercise regularly – Choosing to be active will boost your immune system, a critical cancer prevention step.
  6. Eat right. – A 'Mediterranean-style diet' with plenty of fresh vegetables (particularly tomatoes), citrus fruits, olive oil and fish can help fight cancer. Researchers are discovering more and more benefits to the role that healthy eating plays in cancer prevention.
  7. See your dentist every six months– Last but certainly not least, ask for an oral cancer screening at your regularly scheduled dental appointment. It is a quick and totally painless screening that your dentist can perform while you are sitting in the dental chair.
  8. Because the statistics for conquering mouth cancer are profoundly better for those that detect it early, it is critical that you not only see your dentist for your annual oral cancer screening but that you also are able to personally detect the warning signs yourself. See your doctor right away if you have one or more mouth ulcers that do not heal. Also be aware of red, or red and white, patches on the lining of your mouth or tongue, or a swelling in your mouth that lasts for more than three weeks. Gilreath Family Dentistry believes in the power of early detection. They provide thorough oral cancer screenings at your routine appointments for your convenience and peace of mind.

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

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


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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Marietta, GA 30060

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