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Oral Cancer Risk Factors | Dr. Josh Barkhordar


Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health, including early detection of oral cancer. At Silverlake Dental Group, Dr. Josh Barkhordar and our team are dedicated to identifying signs of oral cancer during comprehensive dental examinations.

Oral cancer can affect anyone, but certain groups are at a higher risk. Here are the top seven risk factors for oral cancer:

  1. Age: The risk of oral cancer increases with age, with a noticeable rise in people in their 40s and older. However, cases are also increasingly diagnosed in younger individuals, emphasizing the importance of regular screenings.
  2. Gender: Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women, although the gender difference is decreasing due to increased tobacco and alcohol use among women.
  3. Tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco significantly increases the risk of oral cancer, affecting various parts of the mouth and throat. Even non-smokers should undergo regular examinations.
  4. Alcohol: Heavy drinking can more than double the risk of developing oral cancer. However, oral cancer can still occur in non-drinkers, emphasizing the importance of screenings for all.
  5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV-related oral cancers are becoming increasingly common, particularly among younger individuals who are unlikely to smoke or drink heavily.
  6. Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases the risk of lip cancer. Using UV protection, such as lip balms with UV filters, is essential for those who work outdoors.
  7. Diet: Poor nutrition, especially diets low in fruits and vegetables, can increase the risk of oral cancer. However, even individuals with a healthy diet should undergo regular screenings.

Oral cancer screenings are essential for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or lifestyle. Regular dental examinations enable early detection, which is crucial for successful treatment. Contact Silverlake Dental Group to schedule a comprehensive oral examination with Dr. Josh Barkhordar. Your oral health is our priority, and we are here to help you maintain a healthy smile.

Silverlake Dental Group
Phone: (323) 922-6016
2390 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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