13. Tobacco Use
Whether they choose to smoke it or chew it, people who use tobacco have a higher risk for oral cancer. Almost 80 percent of people who are diagnosed with oral cancer are regular users of tobacco products. Smokers are 10 times more likely to develop oral cancers than nonsmokers. Because the smoke and tobacco toxins have direct contact with the mouth area, tobacco smoking can cause oral cancer. However, chewing tobacco users have a higher risk of coming down with lip, cheek, and gum cancers.
12. Bad Breath
Bad breath might indicate something as familiar as tooth decay or gum disease. But in some cases, bad breath can be a sign of oral cancer. When a tumor in the mouth develops into an ulcer, it can harbor bacteria. This bacteria can emit a foul odor that doesn’t go away when you brush your teeth. Instead, it remains even after careful brushing and flossing. Typically, swallowing flushes out bacteria and food bits, which keep the mouth clean. Pain from oral cancer can also make swallowing uncomfortable, allowing food items and foreign particles to accumulate, leading to bad breath.
11. Loose Teeth
Most times, loose teeth can be attributed to dental issues rather than oral cancer. However, if oral cancer develops in the gum area, it can impact how teeth stay seated in the mouth. Oral cancer can dislodge one or two teeth, allowing them to wiggle and loosen. A dentist or physician might recommend a biopsy of the area to determine if a tumor or gum tissue is benign or malignant.