Your smile’s health is important to us, which is why we offer oral cancer screenings at R&R Dentistry! These are important because they determine how at-risk you are for developing the disease and can detect it early on. The quicker you know, the better you can prevent it from progressing.
Oral cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells in the mouth that causes damage to the surrounding tissue. It appears as a sore in your mouth that doesn’t go away. People can get oral cancer on the lips, tongue, cheeks, sinuses, throat, the roof of the mouth, and under the tongue. If it isn’t treated in time, this can be life-threatening.
According to the Mouth Cancer Foundation, oral cancer screenings can take as little as two minutes. That’s about as quick as brushing your teeth! During this comprehensive screening, your dentist will perform a visual and physical exam on you. They will look out for swelling or abnormalities on all significant areas of your face and neck. Your dentist will also feel your face, mouth, and neck for unusual masses.
The more you know about oral cancer, the better you can learn how to reduce your risk of developing it. Below, we’ve listed some quick facts and statistics about this disease.
Don’t wait to get your oral cancer screening at R&R Dentistry. Prevention and early detection are key to reducing oral health concerns down the road. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!