Oral Cancer Screening
Early detection of cancer is key to the success of your treatment and prevention. Your physician checks your body for cancer signs when you come in for your checkups, and you need your dentist to perform the same screenings on your mouth to notice any early warning signs of trouble. Oral cancer affects close to fifty thousand people each year and has a five-year survival rate of just barely 60%. Getting regular oral cancer screenings is one of the best things you can do for your health and can be performed during your regular cleaning and exam appointment.
Everyone is at risk for oral cancer, but there are a few things that can raise your chances of developing oral cancer. If you are over 40 years old or have regular moderate to heavy smoking or drinking practices, you are at a higher risk for oral cancer. Even if you don’t fall into either of these categories, oral cancer screenings are essential for everyone concerned about their total body health and wellness.
During your oral cancer screening your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, tongue, mouth, face, and lips for any warning signs. The screening is easy and can be incorporated into your regular checkup, so you don’t have to make an extra appointment. It’s important to remember that oral cancer screenings must be routine so dentists can observe any changes or abnormalities. The simple oral cancer screening procedure could one day save your life, call us today to discuss your oral cancer concerns and schedule a consultation with our office for your oral cancer screening.