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
- 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.
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