More than 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and this diagnosis often comes from your dentist. Fortunately, early detection usually means a better prognosis.
Your dentist in Jensen Beach, FL, Dr. Christopher Wigley, provides a comprehensive oral cancer screening at every dental checkup.
Prevention and Early Detection
Most dentists, including Dr. Wigley, recommend two dental checkups and teeth cleanings per year. However, if you have an oral health issue like gingivitis or gum disease, we may further customize your schedule.
You receive a comprehensive checkup, oral cancer screening, x-rays as needed, and professional teeth cleaning at each dental visit. Because you’re seeing the dentist every six months, catching oral cancer in its earliest stage is much easier.
Checkups and teeth cleanings also lower your risks for other conditions, including tooth decay and gum disease.
Risk factors for oral cancer include but are not limited to:
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol consumption
- HPV virus
- Poor nutrition
By quitting smoking and taking other measures to improve your health, you may also lower your risks for many complications, including oral cancer.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Signs of oral cancer can be subtle and appear anywhere in the mouth, throat, or lips.
Symptoms may include:
- Sores on the lip or tongue
- Sores or discolored patches inside the mouth
- Loose or mobile teeth
- Bleeding from the gums or other oral tissues
- Difficulty swallowing or painful chewing
Of course, many of these symptoms mimic oral infections and gum disease. So, having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have oral cancer. However, it is always best to stay current on your dental exams and contact us if you notice oral health changes.
Is It Time for Your Oral Cancer Screening and Dental Checkup?
Your health is our top priority, so we always provide an oral cancer screening in Jensen Beach, FL.
To schedule your next dental checkup or learn more, give us a call today.