Could You Be at Risk for Oral Cancer and Not Know It?

young man with oral cancer hpv

When you think about risk factors for oral and throat cancer, you probably think about smoking.  Tobacco in any form puts you at a high level of risk, but there are more and more cases of people with these cancers who have never smoked.

Here is what you need to look out for:

  • HPV virus
  • GERD or acid reflux
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene- lack of dental care
  • Medications that impact your mouth or immune system
  • Chronic irritations from rough teeth, dentures, or appliances

Oral cancer screening is a routine part of your dental care here at Knoxville Family and Sedation Dentistry.  If you have not had a recent oral cancer exam, please do so.  It could save your life.

865.922.1613 Knoxville TN

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