Alcohol and Oral Cancer

Alcohol, like everything else, should be enjoyed in moderation. Too much of anything is not good for overall health and alcohol is no different.

Some experts consider alcohol abuse to be the second biggest risk factor for oral cancers. Alcohol dehydrates the mouth and makes tissue more susceptible to carcinogens and toxins. Long-term overindulgence in alcohol can increase the risk of getting cancers of the:

– Mouth

– Tongue

– Throat

Taking good care of teeth and gums is vital for prevention and the good news is that “many oral cancers have a high survival rate”. Your dentist can screen for oral cancer if you have any concerns and more information can be found at