What Are the Most Common Risk Factors of Oral Cancer?
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Dr. Todd Rogers
Oral cancer can happen to anyone, at any time. However, there are specific factors that put some more at risk than others to get this type of cancer. It is important to know how much of a risk you have. Oral cancer is cancer that is found in any area of the mouth.
On the insides of the cheeks, the tongue, the lips and other areas of the mouth are all at risk of these cancers, especially when the patient has one or more of the risk factors mentioned below.
Common Risk Factors of Oral Cancer
There are many common risk factors that can cause oral cancer. Some might be more common than others. The two top-most common and strongest risk factors for getting oral cancer are tobacco use and alcohol use. Drinking and smoking together can also increase the risk two-fold.
This is why it is important to stay away from both of these types of activities. It is important to note that any tobacco use can cause oral cancer. Chew and dip varieties that are set in the mouth, along with cigarette, pipe or cigar smoking can cause oral cancers.
Other factors that increase your risks of oral cancer include irritation caused by poorly fit dentures, your overall oral health, mouthwash, especially those that have alcohol in them, betel quid and gutka. Having poor nutrition can also be a factor, as well as poor overall health or those that have a vitamin A deficiency. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with a head or neck cancer than women.
To reduce the risks of oral cancer, for early screening and better oral health overall, speak with our office today. We provide health cleanings and checkups for those that wish to have better oral health by our dental professionals.