Oral Cancer Risk Factors | George Loftus DDS

Oral Cancer Risk Factors | George Loftus DDS

At Loftus Family Dental, we prioritize comprehensive dental care, which includes vigilant screening for oral cancer during your regular check-ups. Detecting oral cancer early is crucial for successful treatment, and our team is dedicated to identifying any signs or symptoms that may indicate the presence of this disease.

While oral cancer can affect anyone, certain factors can increase the risk. Here are the top seven risk factors that our team considers during oral cancer screenings:

  1. Age:
    Individuals in their mid-40s and older are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. Regular screenings become increasingly important as you age to catch any potential issues early on.
  2. Gender:
    Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer compared to women. However, both men and women should undergo regular oral health examinations to ensure early detection.
  3. Tobacco:
    Smoking or chewing tobacco significantly increases the risk of oral cancer. Even non-smokers are susceptible, so it’s essential for everyone to receive regular screenings.
  4. Alcohol:
    Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of oral cancer. Our team encourages moderation and regular screenings for those who consume alcohol.
  5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV):
    HPV-related oral cancers are becoming more common, particularly among younger individuals. Regular dental visits are crucial for early detection and prevention.
  6. Sunlight:
    Prolonged exposure to sunlight, especially for individuals who work outdoors, can increase the risk of lip cancer. UV protection is essential, and additional screenings may be recommended for those with increased sun exposure.
  7. Diet:
    Poor nutrition, particularly diets low in fruits and vegetables, can elevate the risk of oral cancer. Regardless of dietary habits, regular oral examinations are essential for early detection and prevention.

At Loftus Family Dental, we believe that oral cancer does not discriminate based on age, gender, or lifestyle. That’s why we emphasize the importance of regular dental examinations for everyone. Our team is committed to providing thorough screenings to ensure the early detection of oral cancer and promote optimal oral health for all our patients.

If you have any concerns about oral cancer or would like to schedule a comprehensive oral examination with Dr. George Loftus DDS, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Your oral health and well-being are our top priorities.

Loftus Family Dental of Coeur D’ Alene
Phone: (208) 765-3301
2615 N Fruitland Ln
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

Loftus Family Dental