Our last blog was a reminder to undergo a routine checkup and cleaning, using your dental insurance benefits before they expire in December. We would like to take this opportunity to continue this discussion, reminding our adult patients why seeing their Brighton, MA, dentists for an oral cancer screening at least once a year is so vital for their oral health. Find out why you should schedule your’s now, before the year ends!

The Screening Process

During your screening, we will perform a detailed exam of your smile, and often employing advanced technology in the process. We’re going to look for any signs of cancerous and precancerous areas. If we find any, we can refer you for a biopsy. From there you can find out if treatment is necessary to address oral cancer. Of the over 53,000 people diagnosed each year, nearly half will die within five years. The high mortality rate is often due to the fact that the disease is rarely caught in the early stages. The earlier we can identify the problem, the sooner you can undergo treatment and the greater your chances are of making a full recovery. You should see us at least once a year for a screening, and we offer them as part of our regular checkup and cleaning visits.

The Benefits of a Checkup and Cleaning

Your exams, cleanings, and screenings are often covered as part of your dental insurance coverage. When you see us every six months for a visit, we can not only perform your annual screening during one of these sittings, but we take this opportunity to examine your smile carefully and watch for other signs of trouble, such as the warning signs of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, teeth grinding, and more! Our cleaning also removes plaque buildup, not only offering a brighter smile and fresher breath, but a reduced risk of cavities and other oral health concerns.

Possible Indicators of Trouble

What are the common indicators of oral cancer? People may encounter soreness, hoarseness, or lesions and sore areas that don’t heal after two weeks. Changes in your voice, sudden unexplained weight loss, and patches of red and white splotches in your mouth could also be indicators. If you notice any pain or changes to your gums, cheeks, and oral structures, please let us know right away. To reduce your risk, be sure you avoid smoking cigarettes or using tobacco products, avoid unprotected UV exposure, and cut back on excessive alcohol consumption. These simple changes to your routine could help keep you safe! If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then please contact our team today.

Ready for a Screening?

At Brighton Family Dental Group, we understand that the earlier a serious concerned is identified, the sooner treatment can be administered. 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, and all neighboring communities.