Your gums, teeth and your entire mouth can be a reflection of your lifestyle. If you smoke, drink heavily or even participate in unprotected oral sex with multiple partners, you’re creating the conditions that will perhaps cause you to suffer or even die from oral or pharyngeal cancer.
According to the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36,500 new cases of oral cancer will be discovered this year, and the 5-year survival rate for these cancers is at 50 percent.
Of course early detection of oral lesions increases the survival rate. Yet, more than 7,800 people die of these diseases each year, which is why frequent trips to the dentist can be vital to early detection.