Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it is detected early. Early detection of cancer or pre-cancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and even save your life.

Primary risk factors for oral cancer are:

* Tobacco and smoking.
* Heavy alcohol consumption.

* Viral infections such as HPV 16/18.
* History of white and red patches on the oral tissue.
* Long-term exposure to the sun (lip cancer).
* According to the American Dental Association (ADA), over 25% of oral cancers occur in the people who do not smoke and have no other risk factors.

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.Your dentist has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified, you may not be able to see small spot or sore yourself.If you see something that doesn’t look right or has not been there before, contact your dentist without delay.