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Oral Cancer Awareness: Understand the Risks and Importance of Regular Screening

Oral cancer is a serious health issue that affects thousands of people each year, and understanding the risk factors and the importance of regular screening can make all the difference. At Absolute Dental Care, we perform screenings at every examination appointment to ensure early detection. In this blog, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know about oral cancer, helping you stay informed about your dental health.


What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer refers to cancer found in any part of the mouth or the back of the throat. It can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, the floor of the mouth, sinuses, and throat. Detecting oral cancer early increases the chance of successful treatment, making awareness and regular screenings crucial.


Risk Factors for Oral Cancer


Several factors can increase your risk of developing oral cancer. Some of the most common include:


  • Tobacco Use: This is the top risk factor for oral cancer. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or using smokeless tobacco products (e.g. vaping, e-cigarettes) can significantly increase your risk. In fact, current research has found that vaping is 6 times riskier compared to conventional smoking.
  • Alcohol Consumption: Heavy alcohol use can also heighten your risk of developing oral cancer, especially when combined with tobacco use.
  • Sun Exposure: Excessive and unprotected exposure to the sun can increase the risk of lip cancer.
  • HPV Infection: Infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) has been linked to oral cancers, especially those in the back of the mouth.
  • Age and Diet: People over the age of 40 and those with a diet low in fruits and vegetables may have a higher risk of oral cancer.


The Importance of Regular Screening

Early detection of oral cancer can significantly improve the chances of successful treatment. That’s why at Absolute Dental Care, we prioritise your health by including oral cancer screenings as a standard part of all our dental examination appointments. Our experienced dental professionals are trained to recognise the early signs of oral cancer, ensuring that if there are any areas of concern, they can be addressed promptly.


What Happens During a Screening?

During an oral cancer screening, your dentist will examine your mouth for any signs of cancer or precancerous conditions. This includes looking for sores, white or red patches, and any changes in the tissues of your mouth. The goal is to catch any potential issues early, before they have a chance to develop into serious problems.


Take Action for Your Health

Understanding the risk factors and ensuring regular screenings are part of your dental care routine are key steps in preventing oral cancer. At Absolute Dental Care, we’re committed to providing comprehensive care that includes regular oral cancer screenings to keep you healthy and give you peace of mind.


Your Next Step

Take control of your oral health with the team at Absolute Dental Care. Schedule your next exam with us to explore how we can support your dental needs. Visit us Today!

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