Adults (36-64 years)
Take care of yourself even when you're busy taking care of others. Take steps now to ensure your mouth and teeth stay healthy as you age.
Be aware of your oral cancer risk and get regular screenings.
- The number of people suffering from oral cancer increases after the age of 35.
- Oral cancer affects twice as many men as women.
- Overall, 60 percent of people with oral cancer survive five years. Diagnosing oral cancer at an early stage significantly increases the five-year survival rate.
- Smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than nonsmokers - which is just one of the many reasons to never start. All forms of tobacco (cigarettes, e-cigarettes (vaping), cigars and smokeless) are associated with general health risks, including oral health. Read more.
- Excessive alcohol consumption increases risk for oral cancer.
- Lots of sun exposure, especially if a lip balm containing SPF is not used, places people at higher risk for lip cancer.
- A history of human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain HPV viruses have been linked to some oral cancers. Currently, 20-30 percent of all oral cancer is associated with an HPV infection.
Know that gum disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and dementia.
- Lifestyle choices such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and smoking can increase the risk of many diseases, including gum disease. Learn more.
- Extra calcium is needed to keep your teeth and bones strong.
- Second only to adolescents, women ages 51 and older need the most calcium - 1,200 mg per day.
- Be extra aware of oral health changes during pregnancy and menopause.
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy, approaching and in menopause can affect a woman's oral health. Learn more.
- Continue to care for your smile and overall health, in general. Read more.