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Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

You don’t have to be a smoker to be at risk for oral cancer. In fact, some people develop oral cancer without having any risk factors at all. However, there are certainly some things that may predispose you to the deadly disease without you even knowing it. As your dental care provider, Back Bay Dental Care is committed to preventive dentistry and bettering your overall health. Here are just a few of the reasons why each one of our patients receives an oral cancer screening:

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Tobacco Use

Smokeless tobacco as well as cigars and cigarettes can cause an alteration of healthy tissues inside of your mouth. These precancerous changes change the cellular makeup of your tissue and also impact your oral hygiene. Identifying abnormal lesions in their earliest stages is very important.

Viruses

Believe it or not, some viruses have been shown to cause cancer. HPV is one example. You may never know that you have the virus, but it is linked to oral cancer as well as cervical cancers.

Sun Exposure

The lower lip is one of the most predominant areas of oral cancers caused by sun exposure. Having a job or lifestyle that keeps you outdoors in the sun means that you should take preventive measures such as shade protection and wearing sunscreen seriously.

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Medical History

If you or someone in your family has had a previous case of cancer, you may be more at risk to developing another case yourself. Preventive screenings should be performed on a regular basis.

Oral cancer can be very scary. Catching it as early as possible is the best way to assure minimally invasive and effective treatment. Back Bay Dental Care can help put your mind at ease and keep you as healthy as possible. Our dental care team provides a thorough oral cancer screening on all patients, regardless of what your risk factors are. See us twice each year to catch oral cancer early, and keep your dental care needs to a minimum.

Do you have concerns you are doing everything you can to prevent oral cancer? Contact our office at (617) 401-0480 to learn more.

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