Oral cancer is a problem that affects nearly 40,000 people every year in the United States. Unfortunately, treatment of oral cancer has not seen much advancement in recent years. Oral cancer often starts out as a small ulcer in your mouth that doesn’t heal. This makes it hard to find, so often oral cancer can be quite advanced by the time someone even notices it.
There are different factors that contribute to oral cancer, but smoking is the #1 cause. If you smoke, your risk of developing oral cancer is about 6 times higher than someone who doesn’t smoke.
The best ways to minimize your risk of developing oral cancer are to quit smoking and to see your dentist. Your oral healthcare specialist can look in your mouth and detect any suspicious areas. If we find them early, treatment can be quite simple and easy. So make sure you keep up with your regular visits at your dentist. If you notice anything unusual in your mouth that doesn’t seem to be going away, get it checked out! We want to see everyone stay healthy, so we offer free oral cancer screenings, just give us a call and we will take a look!