Did you know that men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women? Oral cancer is found in 40,000 people a year. Adult men are less likely to visit a dentist regularly, so oral cancer may not be caught until its later stages. Bay City, MI dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke wants you to know the signs and risk factors for oral cancer so you can catch it early and treat it effectively.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
- Risk Factor: Gender. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with oral cancer.
What I Can Do: Go to the dentist at least twice a year. Everyone should get screened for oral cancer at regularly scheduled dentist office visits. Men and women should visit the dentist at least twice a year for oral health exams. The earlier you are diagnosed, the better treatment options may be available.
- Risk Factor: Age. Risk for oral cancer greatly increases after age 44. The median age of diagnosis is dropping due to HPV related oral cancers being found in men in their 20s.
What I Can Do: Many adults stop going to the dentist as they age. It is important to continue being proactive in your oral health. Make sure you maintain a healthy diet and your regular oral hygiene routine and visit our Bay City dentist office twice a year . You can also perform at home oral checks of your own tongue, gums and cheeks. If you notice a sore, rough patch, or discoloration that persists, schedule your appointment with Dr. Mahnke.
- Risk Factor: Smoking. Chewing. Vaping. Any form of tobacco use increases your risk of developing oral cancer.
What I Can Do: The best thing you can do if you smoke is to quit. Tobacco consumption will increase your risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, gum disease, and cardiovascular disease. Do not put yourself and those around you at further risk, quit smoking, vaping or chewing so you may enjoy your optimal oral health.
Schedule An Oral Cancer Exam Bay City
Every visit to our Bay City dentist office includes an extensive and thorough oral health exam. Dr. Mahnke screens not only for cavities and plaque build up, but looks beyond the teeth to examine your entire mouth for signs of oral cancer and gum disease. Gum disease and oral cancer are best treated if caught early. Visiting the dentist twice a year can help Dr. Mahnke catch these serious dental health concerns early for conservative dental treatments.