About 2.9% of all cancers that are found in the United States are oral cancers.
Oral cancer can happen anywhere in the mouth and throat, but it is most often found on the tongue, tonsils, oropharynx, gums, floor of the mouth, lips, inside of the cheeks, or hard palate.
Oral cancer can happen to anyone, but men are twice as likely to get it as women. Men over 50 who smoke and drink alcohol are more likely to get oral cancer.
Other risk factors include:
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As part of a full checkup, the dentist will do a test to see if you have oral cancer. First, the dentist will look at the patient’s medical and dental history and ask if there have been any changes to his or her oral or overall health. The dentist will then carefully check the mouth, as well as the head and neck, for any signs or symptoms that could mean there is a problem.
We know that many people may feel anxious about coming to the dentist, so it is our goal to make your visit with us as pain and anxiety free as possible.
We try to make it easy for our patients to schedule their appointments online. You don’t have to pick up the phone ask about availability – just check your calendar against ours and choose the best time for you.