While some think this type of cancer is rare, mouth cancer is quickly becoming more common in the United States. While mouth cancer can be linked to smoking or alcohol, there has been an increase in mouth cancers caused by microorganisms like viruses.
At every dental exam, you can expect a full intraoral and extraoral exam. This will include checking the neck, TMJ, lips, throat, tongue, and other tissues of the mouth. It is our goal to screen and educate our patients to help prevent and stop oral pathology development via our excellent preventative care.
As with most recommendations, taking good care of your overall health and mouth are key factors to an overall healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding tobacco products (cigarettes, pipes, vapes, and chewing tobacco) as well as excessive alcohol intake. In addition, regular exercise and a healthy diet will help improve health and lower the risk of cancer. Finally, having your vaccinations up to date including the Gardasil vaccine which directly targets the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which has direct links to oral cancer among other cancers. This vaccine can be given at most physician’s offices.