Routine Oral Exams and Oral Cancer Screenings
Keeping up with your regular, twice-a-year dental exams, which include screenings for oral cancer, is one of the most important things you can do for your health and the health of your family. Not only can regular oral exams and professional cleanings help prevent problems before they begin, they can also help detect problems early enough for the most effective treatment plans. Believe it or not, studies have shown that oral health is tied closely to overall health and taking the health of your mouth as seriously as you do the health of your body can make a big difference in your life!
Many people think the health of your teeth is more about appearances than anything serious. However, infections and disease that start in the mouth can affect other parts of the body, as well. Regular oral exams can help prevent this or detect and diagnose any problems early in their development.
Expertly trained dentists can often detect the first signs or oral cancer with a visual exam of the mouth and tongue. Sores, white patches and areas of discoloration can sometimes be signs of a bigger issue, especially if they don’t go away on their own. Suspicious tissue can then be removed for further testing.
Treating oral cancer all depends on the stage at which the cancer was detected. This is why it’s extremely important to stay up to date with regular cleanings and exams from a trained professional who knows exactly what to look for. Some common treatment protocols include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.