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Reducing your risk of oral cancer

  1. As recommeded by the Australian Dental Association – www.ada.org.au
  2. Don’t smoke.If you are a smoker, consider quitting. Talk to your dentist or doctor about how smoking affects your oral and general health.
  3. Drink alcohol in moderation. Don’t underestimate your consumption – a 150 ml glass of wine is 1.6 standards drinks, a 425ml bottle of full-strength beer equals 1.6 standard drinks. Have regular alcohol free days.
  4. Protect your skin. Avoid getting sunburnt, apply broad spectrum sunscreen to any exposed skin including your lips or apply lip balm with a high SPF rating. Wear a hat when outdoors and it possible, avoid being outside in the middle of the day when UV rays are at their highest.
  5. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, particarly those high in antioxidants.
  6. Talk to your health professional about the HPV vaccination. The vaccination protects against the strains of HPV that can cause cervical cancer and may also protect against the types or oral cancers caused by HPV.
  7. If you notice a spot or sore on your lip or in your mouth that looks unusual or doesn’t heal, or if you have any numbness, pain or tenderness in your mouth, visit your dentist as soon as possible.
  8. Look after your teeth and mouth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.
  9. Have regular dental checkups. Your dentist checks not only your teeth but also the rest of your mouth.
  • Do not use any sweet substances on your babies dummy (e.g. honey) as this can cause serious tooth decay.