Did you know that oral cancer is one of the most commonly occurring cancers in America today? In fact, a number of otherwise healthy patients can easily acquire oral cancer due to a number of varied risk factors. If not detected early, oral cancer claims the lives of almost half of its patients. However, with early detection that number is greatly reduced and 8 of 10 patients will survive the disease.
During your regular visits to the dentist’s office it is important that your dentist provide a comprehensive oral cancer screening. Each time you visit Diamond Spring Dental you will receive a visual screening for potential oral cancer as well as a tactile examination of your mouth’s tissues to identify any masses below the surface. However, once a year it is also a good idea to receive a light-activated, professional cancer screening. Unfortunately, once you or your dentist can see your oral cancer – it is often too late.
Advances in dental technology now allow your dentist to screen your mouth for abnormal and cancerous cell development long before you could ever see the tissue. This involves you rinsing your mouth with a special wash, and then having your dentist shine a special light into your mouth. This light will identify any areas of concern for further testing.
Diamond Spring Dental recommends this advanced level of oral cancer screening for all of our adult patients, especially those who are over forty or have a history of oral cancer in their family. Additional risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to the HPV virus and excessive sun exposure.
Don’t let the fear of oral cancer prevent you from properly screening your mouth and gums. Contact Diamond Spring Dental today to learn more about oral cancer and to receive your next professional screening.