What You Can Do
Gingivitis and gum cancer are two different things. But you should take both of them seriously. Seeing your dental professional regularly for checkups and cleanings is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of developing gingivitis and gum disease and detect any form of oral cancer, including gum cancer early stage. Your dental professionals can see and diagnose any issues before they turn into significant issues. Having an excellent oral care routine at home is a must as well. This includes brushing at least twice a day (after each meal, if possible). Flossing (also known as interdental cleaning) at least once a day can minimize your chances of developing gingivitis. Not using tobacco products and drinking alcohol in moderation can lower your risk of developing an oral cancer.
If you see or feel something on your gum that wasn’t there before, or if your gums are tender or swollen, don’t panic. It’s probably nothing, but if it doesn’t go away, you should absolutely get it checked out. Contact your dental professional because early treatment is the best treatment.