How Important are Frequent Oral Cancer Screenings?

We all know that regular hygiene appointments can help keep our oral health at an Optimum level, but did you know we also take this time to provide a Thorough oral cancer screening?  Dr. Guido and your hygienist will look for signs and symptoms of mouth and throat cancer such as:

 

  • Sores that won’t go away

  • Red or white patches

  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips

  • Lumps, thickening, rough spots, crust, or small eroded areas

  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or speaking

  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw

  • Change in how your teeth fit together

 

Over the next year more than 37,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and much research has been conducted to identify major risk factors for cancer development.  These include:

  • Smokers and heavy drinkers over 50

  • A history of the human papilloma virus (HPV) infection

  • Men are two times more likely

  • Patients over the age of 62

We take all of these factors into consideration through a Detailed Health History and Careful Monitoring of any changes in your lips, gums, jaw, and neck. 

 

The most effective way to catch oral cancer Early is through regular hygiene appointments and communication with Dr. Guido and your hygienist about any changes you have noticed.  If you have any concerns about your own oral health please give us a call at 765-448-4242.

 

For more information, please visit the ADA, Oral Cancer Foundation, or Cancer.com.

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