All of us have to worry about tooth decay, but after the age of
40, the risk for an even more serious condition increases dramatically:
Ten thousand people die from oral cancer each year, with 95% of
them over the age of 40.
Cancer can strike any part of the mouth, including the lips and
tongue. If the cancer is not detected early, tumors can grow deep
into local tissues and spread to lymph glands in the neck. The risk
for oral cancer increases with age and alcohol and tobacco use.
By having regular visits, your dentist can detect oral cancer at
a stage when it can be more successfully treated.
You can help, too. When brushing and flossing, check for red or
white patches in your mouth. Look for tender or numb areas, sores
that don't heal, and lumps or rough spots.
If you detect any of these signs or symptoms, call us at once.