Oral Cancer Risk Factors

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Oral cancer is something that’s more common than you’d think. It’s also one of the few cancers with known risk factors that are relatively easy to control. That’s one of the reasons that Dr. Kyle Sheets and Dr. Robin Sheets at Sheets Family Dentistry in Fowler, Indiana want to talk to you about oral cancer. If it’s something we can help reduce the risk of you getting, that’s amazing.

So, with that in mind, let’s look at oral cancer, some risk factors, and what you can do to mitigate them.

Risk factors
If you have a long family history of oral cancer, or even a recent one, that’s reason enough to work on decreasing risk factors. One of the best things you can do is to make sure you’re vigilant about your six-month checkups. Part of a standard cleaning is an oral cancer screening. Early signs are fairly obvious to trained professionals, but you’re also encouraged to share everything that may concern you.

The other way to decrease your risk is to practice great oral health. Avoiding any kind of gum infection, disease, or other problems greatly reduces your risk of oral cancer.

Early warning signs
Some of the most common early warning signs include lumps forming in your mouth, white-and-red speckled spots anywhere in your mouth, and a chronic sore throat. These are problems that shouldn’t ever be ignored.

We don’t want to see you suffer from oral cancer. Give us a call today at 765-884-0018 so we can make sure you having nothing to worry about.