There are a number of factors which can influence your risk of oral cancer. Your dentist can provide annual oral cancer screenings, as well as regular checkups to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
- Tobacco is linked to 85% or oral cancers, making it the primary cause of the disease worldwide.
- Alcohol is linked to a number of cancers including oral cancer and even drinking in moderation can increase your risk from the disease.
- The sexually transmitted infection HPV is another leading cause of oral cancer.
“Getting an oral cancer screening is painless, doesn’t take long, and can help catch oral cancer early. Your dentist can conduct an oral cancer screening during your regular check-up, and can talk more with you about your risk for the disease.”
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