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Dental care exams crucial to detecting oral cancer
Updated: 12/14/2009 4:59:17 PM

Dental care exams crucial to detecting oral cancer Individuals can protect themselves from the health risks posed by oral cancer by regularly undergoing dental care exams.

Dr Michael Schwartz, a dentist in Maryland, says he tells all his patients that regular checkups are the best way to detect oral cancer as early as possible. During appointments, Schwartz inspects his patients' mouths and tongues for white and red spots, which may be indicators of cancer.

The dentist claims cancer can affect any part of the mouth, and people with sores that bleed easily or are taking a long time to heal should seek help. Schwartz also says alcohol and tobacco use greatly increase the risk of oral cancer, while a healthy diet that's high in fruits and vegetables may prevent the development of cancerous lesions.

Extended exposure to the sun isn't only dangerous for the body, as the incidence of lip cancer, like other forms of the sickness, tends to increase after the age of 40. The American Dental Association says other signs of oral cancer include lumps and rough spots in the mouth, as well as difficulty eating and speaking.

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