Oral Cancer Risk Factors | Dr. Parul D. Makkar

Ensuring your oral health goes beyond just having a bright smile. At PDM Family Dental, we prioritize your overall well-being, which is why during a comprehensive dental examination, Dr. Parul D. Makkar and our team meticulously screen for signs of oral cancer. Early detection is crucial in combatting oral cancer, as it significantly enhances treatment success rates. With our specialized training and expertise, we’re committed to identifying any potential concerns and providing you with the care you deserve.

While oral cancer can affect anyone, certain factors may increase your risk. Here are seven key risk factors to be mindful of:

  1. Age:
    Individuals in their mid-40s and older are at a heightened risk of developing oral cancer. As age increases, so does the likelihood of oral cancer diagnosis. Regular screenings, regardless of age, are imperative for early detection and intervention.
  2. Gender:
    Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, often attributed to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco consumption. However, the gender gap is narrowing due to increased tobacco and alcohol use among women. Both genders should prioritize routine oral health examinations.
  3. Tobacco:
    Smoking or chewing tobacco significantly elevates the risk of oral cancer. Tobacco usage can lead to various cancers affecting the mouth, throat, cheeks, gums, and lips. Even non-smokers are susceptible, emphasizing the importance of regular dental check-ups.
  4. Alcohol:
    Heavy alcohol consumption is closely linked to oral cancer development. Individuals who consume two or more drinks daily for men, and one or more for women, face a heightened risk. Regular dental visits are essential for early detection and intervention.
  5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV):
    HPV-related oral cancers are on the rise, particularly among younger individuals with no history of tobacco or alcohol use. Routine dental visits play a crucial role in monitoring and detecting HPV-related oral lesions.
  6. Sunlight:
    Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer. Utilizing UV protection, such as lip balms with SPF, is vital for individuals who work outdoors. Additional oral cancer screenings are recommended for those with sun exposure.
  7. Diet:
    Poor nutrition, characterized by diets low in fruits and vegetables, may elevate the risk of oral cancer. Regardless of diet, regular dental examinations are essential for early detection and prevention.

At PDM Family Dental, we believe oral cancer screenings are a fundamental aspect of comprehensive dental care. Our commitment to your well-being extends beyond your smile, ensuring proactive measures are taken to safeguard your oral health. Schedule a comprehensive oral examination with Dr. Parul D. Makkar today to prioritize your health and wellness.

PDM Family Dental of Jericho
Phone: 516-388-5002
295 N Broadway
Jericho, NY 11746