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Common Risk Factors For Oral Cancer [BLOG]

  • April 13, 2018

 

For Oral Cancer Awareness Month, our experts at the LANAP & Implant Center want to share some important information with you about how to protect yourself.

One way is to count on us for your routine professional dental care.

Another is to stay updated on the latest research about your oral health!

Common Risk Factors For Oral Cancer

When you’re a patient of ours, you can trust you’re in good hands. We do all we can to maximize your total health, no matter the kinds of dental problems you might face. That includes regular appointments, early detection, and effective, advanced treatment strategies.

But there are also ways you can get and stay healthy, and that includes lowering your risk for oral cancer.

Here are some of the more common risk factors to know about:

*Smoking

*HPV

*Excessive Alcohol Consumption

*Age

Research tells us that many cases of mouth cancers are preventable simply because they’re related to environmental factors and lifestyle habits that you can control.

For example, if you currently smoke, we can help you quit. That will lower your oral cancer risk considerably!

Studies also indicate that heavy drinking increases your disease chances, and combining the two behaviors, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, only increases that risk.

That’s why it’s so important to be kinder to your body and make healthy choices, and you can do that with help from our holistic approach to your oral care.

Another risk factor to know about is HPV, a sexually transmitted infection that can lead to an oral cancer diagnosis in both men and women.

You can take steps to protect yourself from contracting HPV by practicing caution with sexual partners and being aware of their history.

As HPV cases are on the rise, it’s shown a shift in age range of oral cancer cases. For many years, you were at a higher risk if you were over the age of 50, but the demographic is getting lower and lower due to the surge of HPV cases.

What You Can Do To Lower Your Risk

When you come to one of our two Pennsylvania dental offices, you can find a host of effective strategies to improve your total health.

If you’re concerned about your oral cancer risks, you’ll be comforted to know that we give all our new patients a screening. We will follow up during your routine dental exams with us so that we can optimize your chances for successful treatments and lifelong health.

Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our specialists invest in the latest technology to enhance your dental experience with more comfortable care and faster healing.

We also provide comprehensive care that includes treatment options like massage therapy, smoking cessation, nutritional counseling, and acupuncture, just to name a few! You’re more than just a case number to us. You’re a complete person who deserves the highest quality of care available in modern dentistry, and that’s what you get at the LANAP & Implant Center!

Make An Appointment

We are true advocates for our patients at the LANAP & Implant Center. That’s because we don’t just treat symptoms, we treat the whole person.

Our holistic approach to dental care allows us to combine multiple strategies so you can achieve great oral and overall health.

From smoking cessation to state-of-the-art periodontal treatment and dental implant solutions, you can trust you’re in the most capable hands around.

Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our team are here for you! Call the LANAP & Implant Center today at 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our South Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.