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Oral cancer awareness month

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Cancer. One word, six simple letters.  And something no one wants to hear. At Comprehensive Dentistry, your well-being is our priority.  April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and we understand cancer can be a scary topic.  However, the good news is with early detection, oral cancer has a very high success rate for treatment.  That’s why we include a comprehensive oral cancer screening into every dental checkup. We want to empower you with knowledge and catch any potential issues early on.

Cancer: The Facts

Oral cancer, which encompasses caners of the mouth and throat, affects thousands of people each year. In the United States and estimated 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. That’s roughly 145 new cases every day. The good news is that when caught in its early stages, the five-year survival rate for oral cancer jumps significantly. This is why regular dental checkups, which include oral cancer screenings, are so important.

In the past, oral cancer was typically diagnosed in patients over 55 who had a history of tobacco use or heavy alcohol consumption. However, the rise of HPV-related oral cancers is a growing concern, particularly among younger adults. While HPV vaccines provide a measure of protection, it’s still important to have regular oral cancer screenings.

The Importance of Early Detection - Oral Cancer Screening at Your Dental Checkup

During your regular dental checkup, your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral cancer screening. If anything concerning is found, they can recommend further tests and discuss treatment options. This quick and painless exam typically involves:

Visual examination: Your dentist will look for any abnormalities in the soft tissues of your mouth and throat, such as sores, white patches, or changes in color.

Palpation: Your dentist will feel your neck and mouth for lumps or changes in texture.

Taking Control of Your Oral Health

In addition to regular dental checkups with screenings, there are steps you can take to promote good oral health and potentially reduce your risk of oral cancer:

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Limit tobacco use and alcohol consumption and eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

Practice good oral hygiene: Brush twice a day and floss daily.

Self-awareness: Know yourself! Be aware of any changes in your mouth, such as sores that don’t heal, white patches, or persistent bleeding.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. Schedule your next dental checkup with us at Comprehensive Dentistry and let’s work together to keep your smile healthy. Early detection is our best weapon against oral cancer. Click here to schedule your appointment today.