Oral Cancer Risk Factors | Bonness Family Dentistry


At Bonness Dentistry, our comprehensive dental examinations go beyond your teeth and gums; we also prioritize the early detection of oral cancer, a critical aspect of maintaining optimal oral health.

Top Seven Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

  1. Age:
    While oral cancer can affect individuals of any age, the risk increases with age, particularly in individuals over 40. Regular screenings are essential at any age to catch potential issues early.
  2. Gender:
    Men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer compared to women, though this gap is narrowing due to changing lifestyle habits. Everyone should undergo regular screenings regardless of gender.
  3. Tobacco:
    Smoking and chewing tobacco significantly elevate the risk of oral cancer, affecting various parts of the mouth and throat. Even non-smokers should prioritize screenings.
  4. Alcohol:
    Heavy alcohol consumption is strongly linked to oral cancer development. Regular screenings are crucial for heavy drinkers and non-drinkers alike.
  5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV):
    HPV-related oral cancers, often seen in younger individuals, necessitate proactive screening measures, even in those who don’t smoke or drink.
  6. Sunlight:
    Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer. UV protection is essential, especially for those who work outdoors extensively.
  7. Diet:
    Poor nutrition, particularly diets low in fruits and vegetables, can heighten the risk of oral cancer. However, oral examinations remain vital for individuals with all dietary habits.

Regular Screenings for Early Detection

Oral cancer doesn’t discriminate, making regular screenings imperative for everyone. Early detection is key, and our team at Bonness Dentistry is committed to providing comprehensive oral examinations to catch any signs of oral cancer promptly.

Don’t wait until it’s too late—schedule your comprehensive oral examination with Bonness Dentistry today to prioritize your oral health and well-being.

White Willow Family Dental of Willow Street
Phone: 717-740-2200
212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive Suite 209
Willow Street, PA 17584

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