According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 49, 750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone. Nearly 10,000 of those diagnosed will succumb to the disease. However, recovery rates increase the earlier the issue is diagnosed. For that reason, we always urge our Brighton, MA, patients to start the year with an oral cancer screening.

The Screening Process

We will perform a thorough exam of your smile, looking at the soft tissues in your mouth for possibly signs of cancerous and precancerous areas. If we discover anything, we will let you know right away. We then discuss the best ways to help you move forward with the diagnostic and treatment process. Since nearly half of those diagnosed die within five years, the earlier we can identify the presence of oral cancer the better. The high mortality rate is mainly due to the fact that people often don’t uncover the presence of the disease until the later stages occur.

Possible Warning Signs

What warning signs should you be aware of? Watch for any lesions or sores that don’t heal after two weeks. Rough patches, persistent hoarseness, or changes in your voice could also potentially indicate trouble. Areas with red and white splotches should also receive attention. If you experience one or more of these possible symptoms, then please let us know right away.

Other Benefits of a Checkup

Your screening will also include a dental checkup. The checkup helps us uncover decay and gum disease in the early stages, treating these issues before they impact your oral health and require more extensive solutions. A routine visit also includes a dental cleaning, which brightens your teeth, freshens your breath, and reduces the risk of gingivitis and gum disease.

Schedule Your Screening Today

At Brighton Family Dental Group, we want to make sure you enjoy optimal oral health throughout the year. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.