4 Things That Put You at Risk of Oral Cancer

Hearing that you have the “C” word isn’t exactly something that anybody wants to hear. Here at our office, we see patients for a variety of oral conditions including oral cancer. What if we told you that, for the most part, oral cancer can be prevented? Let’s take a closer look at four things that may put you at risk of oral cancer.

1. Smoking

Almost all forms of oral cancer can be linked back to tobacco use. Whether you smoke or chew tobacco, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of developing mouth, lip, and throat cancer. Make sure that you are getting regular screenings for these. And remember that the longer that you smoke for, the higher risk you have of getting oral cancer.

2. Alcohol

You may not realize it, but alcohol is also one of the leading causes of oral cancer. If you suffer from alcoholism, make sure that you are getting regular screenings during your six-month dental cleanings. And also remember that the combination of alcohol and tobacco use puts you at an even higher risk.

3. Human Papillomavirus

HPV or the human papillomavirus is a common sexually transmitted virus that cannot just affect the sexual organs and anus, but it can also affect the mouth and throat. Specifically, if you have HPV in your throat and mouth, it puts you at a higher risk of developing oral cancer.

4. Poor oral health

Brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day and getting your teeth cleaned every six months, are two of the things that you should be doing for your oral health. Studies have shown that individuals who have poor oral hygiene are at risk of developing not only things like gingivitis, but oral cancer as well.

If you want to get screened or treated for oral cancer, contact us at our Tampa office today and call us at 813-922-3093.

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