According to the Centers for Disease Control, oral cancer claims about 8,000 lives each year.
FOX 2 spoke with Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics Dentist Dr. Robin Bethell, about how to care for your mouth.
Dentists examine the gums, tongue and inside the cheeks for unusual growths and other symps.
Many of the risk factors for oral cancer are behaviors that can be avoided, such as smoking or heavy alcohol consumption.
Rodeo Dental recommends children and adults visit a dentist once every six months to maintain proper dental hygiene.
Lyssa Hansen, Health Matters