An important part of your regular dental exams is screening for oral cancer. Over 37,000 Americans will develop oral cancer this year alone, and many won’t catch it until it’s further along. Some of the signs of oral cancer are similar to that of other oral conditions, so if you go too long between dental appointments, you might not even notice the early symptoms of this disease.
Oral cancer can be deadly, but it has a great survival rate if it’s caught early on. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist twice a year as recommended by the ADA.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
While anyone can develop oral cancer, there are a few factors that might increase your risk, such as:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Exposure to sunlight
- Old age
How Do You Check for Oral Cancer?
At Prestigious Smiles, we use the most advanced techniques and equipment to be sure we’re checking you thoroughly for any signs of oral cancer. During your appointment, your dentist will feel the inside of your mouth to check for any lumps or other abnormalities. We also use an ultraviolet light to see spots that the naked eye can’t detect.
If you’d like to make an appointment for an oral cancer screening or a regular dental exam, give our office a call today!