Anyone can develop oral cancer. However, it is most common in patients over the age of 45. It’s also more common in men than in women. In addition to age and sex, certain lifestyle factors can also increase your risk of oral cancer. People who smoke tobacco, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, or who have generally poor nutrition should get screened for oral cancer. People with a history of UV light exposure should also get screened. This light exposure can be from tanning beds, working outdoors, or simply spending large amounts of time outside.
Other procedures can be used to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. Surgical extrusion may be used to change the appearance of a single tooth. Jaw Surgery can also assist in correcting excessive gummy smile. A gingivectomy, or removal of gum tissue, is another popular solution as well. Using botox to minimize muscle pull of a hyperactive lip that exposes excess amount of gum. Talk to your oral surgeon about the best choice for you.