Generally speaking, the chances of contracting mouth cancer or any type of cancer in the oral cavity are relatively slim. There are approximately 34,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer in
the United States annually. Assuming a population of 300 million, that is approximately 1/10th of 1% of the population. However, smokers and those using smokeless tobacco products, face an increased likelihood of encountering some type of oral cancer. Others at risk include heavy alcohol drinkers and those with very poor dental hygiene. Research indicates the most effective way to prevent oral cancer is by receiving annual screenings from your dentist. These screenings will include a thorough review of your face, neck, lips, mouth, and under the jaw area.