Oral Cancer Risk Factors | Caitlyn Poupart DDS

At Texas Smile Co., under the expert care of Caitlyn Poupart DDS, we prioritize comprehensive dental examinations, including screening for signs of oral cancer. Early detection is crucial, as most forms of oral cancer are treatable when caught early. Our dedicated dental team is well-trained and educated to identify oral cancer, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients.

While everyone is susceptible to oral cancer, certain groups are at a higher risk. Here are the top seven risk factors to be aware of:

Age:
Individuals in their mid-40s and older face an increased risk of developing oral cancer. While the majority of diagnosed cases occur around the age of 62, recent trends show a rise in HPV-related cases among those aged 52 to 56. Regardless of age, regular oral cancer screenings are essential.

Gender:
Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer compared to women, partly due to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco consumption. However, recent generations have seen an increase in women using these substances, narrowing the gender gap. Both men and women should prioritize regular oral health examinations.

Tobacco:
Smoking or chewing tobacco significantly increases the risk of oral cancer, affecting various parts of the mouth and throat. Even non-smokers are susceptible, emphasizing the importance of dental check-ups for everyone.

Alcohol:
Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with approximately 70% of oral cancer cases. Those who drink heavily are more than twice as likely to develop oral cancers. However, oral cancer can also affect non-drinkers, highlighting the need for regular dental examinations.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV):
HPV-related oral cancers are on the rise, particularly among younger individuals who are less likely to smoke or drink. Despite a lower risk of death or recurrence, regular dental visits are crucial for early detection and proactive management.

Sunlight:
Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer. UV protection, such as lip balms with SPF, is essential for those who work outdoors. Additional oral examinations are recommended for individuals with frequent sun exposure.

Diet:
Poor nutrition, particularly diets low in fruits and vegetables, is linked to a higher risk of oral cancer. However, oral cancer can affect anyone, regardless of their diet. Regular oral examinations are vital for early detection and optimal oral health.

At Texas Smile Co., we believe oral cancer screenings are an integral part of dental care. Regardless of age, gender, or lifestyle factors, regular dental examinations are essential for early detection and effective management of oral cancer. Contact Caitlyn Poupart DDS to schedule a comprehensive oral examination and prioritize your oral health today.

Texas Smile Co. of Frisco
Phone: 972-798-2404
Url: https://www.texassmilecofrisco.com/
13355 Dallas Pkwy Suite 400
Frisco, TX 75033

Texas Smile Co.