While it’s important to keep your bi-annual dental exam appointment to help keep your teeth looking their best and to avoid cavities, there are far more crucial reasons to be sure you do not skip it.
While at your appointment, Dr. Milan and his dental team are not only looking for signs of gingivitis and cavities, but they are also thoroughly inspecting your mouth for any abnormalities, including mouth cancer.
But who is at risk for oral cancer? Read on for more.
Oral cancer risk factors
One risk factor for oral cancer is HPV. The sexually transmitted disease can be associated with nearly 9,000 head and neck cancer cases every year in the U.S. and these cancers can be hard to detect, making your dental visit even more important if you are at this risk.
Not surprisingly, tobacco use – whether smoking or chewing – increases one’s risk for oral cancer dramatically, in addition to other cancers. Tobacco can lead to cancer of the lips, gums, and cheeks.
Additionally, seven out of 10 patients with oral cancer drink alcohol heavily. The American Cancer Society also says men are twice more likely to develop oral cancer than women and that people over the age of 55 are also more likely to have oral cancer than younger people.
As always, good at-home habits including brushing twice daily and flossing once a day, along with eating a nutritious diet and not smoking can go a long way in keeping you and your mouth healthy.
Preferred dentist in metro Detroit
Dr. Milan has been a well-respected cosmetic and family dentist for over 20 years. As a leader in his industry, he is an expert at what it takes to achieve oral excellence. He and his team specialize in cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dentistry to not only make your smile beautiful but to make it healthy and fully functioning.
We invite you to make an appointment with us to learn how we can help take your oral health to the next level!