Limit tobacco use: In addition to the general health risks posed by tobacco, smokers have four times the risk of developing gum disease compared to nonsmokers. Tobacco use in any form, such as cigarettes, pipes, and smokeless (chewing) tobacco, increases the risk for gum disease, oral and throat cancers, and candidiasis (oral fungal infection). Chewing tobacco containing sugar increases the risk of tooth decay.
Regular dental checkups: It is recommended by healthcare professionals to visit the dentist regularly, preferably every six months for cleaning. Checkups may detect early signs of oral health problems and can lead to treatments that will prevent further damage and, in some cases, reverse the problem. Professional prophylaxis (tooth cleaning) is also important for preventing oral problems, especially when self-care is difficult.
Cold sores (HSV-1, herpes labialis, oral herpes): Taking steps to guard against the development of cold sores, to prevent spreading them to other parts of the body, or to avoid passing them along to another person is important when dealing with oral herpes.
Cold sores are contagious at all stages. However, they are most contagious when the blisters break open and release moist secretions. As a result, kissing and sharing common items that touch the lips and skin around them, such as utensils, towels, and water glasses, can spread the virus when blisters are present, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Avoiding or preventing conditions that stress the body, such as poor diet, not getting enough sleep, or staying in the sun for long periods of time without applying sunblock is very important in preventing oral herpes outbreaks.
Leukoplakia: Leukoplakia may be prevented by avoiding the use of all tobacco products and avoiding or limiting alcohol use (especially in combination with tobacco).
Oral candidiasis (oral thrush): Oral candidiasis or oral thrush yeast infections may be prevented with good oral hygiene, such as cleaning dentures appropriately and brushing the teeth.
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