Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cancer Oral Prevention

Prevention of mouth cancer includes:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Avoid alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation:
    • For men: no more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day
    • For women: no more than 1 alcoholic beverage per day
  • Avoid chewing tobacco.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene:
    • Brush your teeth after meals and at bedtime.
    • Floss your teeth every day.
    • Gargle with dilute saltwater three times per day.
    • See your dentist every 6 months.

Oral Cancer Screening
One of the big problems with detecting mouth cancer is that the lesions are often difficult to see in normal lighting. Zila pharmaceuticals is marketing a new product called ViziLite Plus (R). It is a fast, painless, and simple test that your dentist can perform in the office. All you do is rinse with a cleansing solution and then your dentist examines your mouth using a special light. The light marks suspicious lesions with a blue color. If a lesion is detected, a biopsy can be performed to look for cancer cells. The ViziLite Plus (R) screening examination is performed once a year.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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