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By Rochester Dental
July 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Cancer  

Oral cancer screenings lower your risk of developing more serious problems.

Your dental checkups have probably been fairly routine, with a cleaning, x-rays and evaluation for signs of decay. A newer screening Oral Cancer Screeninghas been added to that regimen during your visits to Rochester Dental in Troy, Michigan, one that could possibly save your life. Oral cancer screenings are quick and painless, but highly important to your overall wellness.

Why do I need an oral cancer screening?

As with many other cancers, early detection is part of successful treatment. By including these screenings in your checkups, Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey can detect any changes in your mouth; they can be then diagnosed and treated accordingly before they advance and require more invasive methods of treatment.

What are some risk factors for oral cancer?

Most cases of oral cancer have at least one of these elements associated with their development:

  • Age – Adults aged 40 and up are more prone to oral cancer.
  • Gender – Men develop oral cancer more than women do.
  • Tobacco use – The use of cigarettes and other tobacco products greatly increases the risk of a variety of health complications, including oral cancer.
  • Drinking alcohol to excess
  • A diet that is high in fats and added sugars
  • Long-term exposure to UV rays – People who frequent tanning beds or have spent a lot of time outdoors unprotected from the sun have an increased risk for many skin cancers, including on the tissues inside the mouth.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) – This sexually transmitted infection may not have any immediate signs or symptoms.

How will my dentist check for oral cancer?

The dentists at Rochester Dental know that your visits to their Troy dental office can be nerve-wracking. Thankfully, oral cancer screening only takes approximately five minutes and is totally painless. It typically involves your Troy dentists inspecting inside and around the mouth for lesions, growths or masses. He or she may feel around the outside of the jaw and neck areas. If there is a questionable area, your Troy dentisst may take a small sample of cells to be sent to a laboratory for testing. You may also be referred to a specialist who can further evaluate you. Once again, early diagnosis of cancer puts you at a much higher chance of total recovery.

At your next appointment at Rochester Dental, be sure to disclose your health history. You can also discuss when you should start receiving oral cancer screenings.