When we talk about routine exams, we often discuss the dangers and warning signs of issues like tooth decay and gum disease. But what about oral cancer? A very serious disease, and one that over 53,000 people will be diagnosed with this year alone, this issue is best treated following an early identification with a routine screening. When should you see your Brighton, MA, dentists for one?
When Do I Need A Screening?
For adults we suggest one every year and we offer them as part of your routine checkup and cleaning visits. The procedure involves carefully examining your smile for warning signs of cancerous and precancerous areas. If we discover them, you can undergo a biopsy with a specialist to see if you need further treatment. The disease claims half of those diagnosed within five years, and this high mortality rate is linked to the fact that the disease is rarely caught in the early stages. However, by attending routine visits, we’re more likely to identify this in the earliest possible stages, increasing your chances of a full recovery.
What are the Warning Signs of Oral Cancer?
When should you see us in between your routine visits? Well, if you notice changes to your voice, a persistent hoarseness, or a sore throat that doesn’t seem to pass after a week or two, then you should let us know. Other warning signs could include sores and lesions that don’t heal after two weeks, and rough patches and areas of red and white splotches in the mouth. If you notice any pain or discomfort that doesn’t seem to pass, then please see our team right away to undergo a diagnosis.
Improving Your Oral Health
While the disease could impact people of all ages and genders, you can reduce your risk by taking certain precautions. First, try to avoid excessive alcohol consumption, and keep away from cigarettes and other tobacco products. Also, wear sun protection to avoid harmful UV rays. Be sure you attend your routine visits every six months, so we can perform a screening once a year. If you have any questions about identifying oral cancer, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then please contact our team today to learn more. We would love to help you and your loved ones enjoy optimal oral health in 2021!
Does Your Smile Need a Screening?
We would like to ensure you enjoy your healthiest possible smile this year with a preventive screening. To learn more about our preventive treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Cambridge, Brookline, and all surrounding communities.