Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screenings are a crucial part of dental checkups that help detect early signs of oral cancer, a disease that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Oral cancer screenings are usually conducted by a dentist or a dental hygienist during a routine dental exam.
During an oral cancer screening, the dentist will examine the patient's mouth for any signs of abnormal tissue growth, red or white patches, sores or lumps in the mouth or on the lips, tongue or throat. The dentist will also check for any difficulty in swallowing, chewing or speaking, which can also be signs of oral cancer.
Oral cancer screenings are important because early detection can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment. In fact, the five-year survival rate for oral cancer is about 80% when it is caught early.
Some risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco use (both smoking and smokeless tobacco), heavy alcohol consumption, a history of oral cancer, and exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV).
It is recommended that patients receive an oral cancer screening at least once a year, especially if they are at high risk for oral cancer. The screening is a painless and quick process, taking only a few minutes to complete. If the dentist finds any suspicious areas, they may recommend a biopsy or refer the patient to a specialist for further evaluation.
Overall, oral cancer screenings are an important part of maintaining good oral health and can help ensure that any potential issues are caught early and treated promptly. Patients should discuss any concerns or questions they have about oral cancer screenings with their dentist or dental hygienist.
Find a reputable dentist, consult with the doctor, and discuss your treatment plan and all associated costs. A benefit of choosing 1st Choice Dental Centers for dental healthcare is that we offer most, if not all, of the services needed to achieve your ideal smile under one roof!
If you're interested in an oral cancer screening, please give us a call at 678-293-8773 to discuss your options today!
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