Dentists can do more than just beautify your smile! Oral cancer screenings catch early signs of mouth cancer and determine how at risk you are of developing it. The sooner you know about it, the sooner you can treat it!
Oral cancer can develop in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, cheeks, lips, gums, or the roof of your mouth. It appears as a sore that won’t go away and can also cause pain in the mouth or ear. These factors can increase your chances of getting oral cancer.
Oral cancer screenings are important because they help determine if you’re at a higher risk of developing the condition. They can also help detect it early on so it can successfully be treated quicker. In fact, approximately 84% of oral cancer cases can be identified early by a dental health professional. Knowing sooner can also prevent the cancer from progressing into a more severe form.
During an oral cancer screening, your dentist will ask you about your oral health. Make sure to be honest and let your dentist know if you smoke or have poor oral hygiene. They’ll find out one way or another, so be upfront about it from the beginning!
Next, you will undergo a thorough physical and visual exam. Your dentist will feel your face, neck, head, and oral cavities to check for any lumps. Your dentist will also look inside of your mouth and check for abnormalities.
When you’re ready to schedule an oral cancer screening, we’ll be ready to assist. We at Midtown Dental Studio are dedicated to your health and wellbeing. Give us a call now if you have any questions!
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