April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The leading cause of oral cancer is tobacco use. Combined with alcohol consumption, tobacco increases the risk of developing oral cancer. Tobacco usage also causes an increase risk of periodontal disease. It appears that tobacco causes suppression of the body's ability to fight infection. Tobacco can stimulate tissue destructive enzymes that break tissue down. So if dentists are seeing these effects in the mouth, what is going on inside your body that you cannot see on a daily basis. Smokers tend to develop vertical lines above their upper lip. Is this also happening on your internal organs? Something to think about.
Oral Cancer Month