Do I Need an Oral Cancer Screening?

Closeup of a woman receiving an oral cancer screening at a dental office

Maintaining good oral health habits isn’t just hygienic; it’s also impactful for your overall health. Every hour, a person dies from oral cancer—but it doesn’t have to be this way. Getting an oral cancer screening during your next dentist visit can give you peace of mind in just minutes. Here’s what you need to know about oral cancer and whether or not a screening is right for you.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

Like all cancer, oral cancer can be caused by a variety of factors, most commonly due to excessive alcohol or tobacco consumption and poor dental hygiene. A family history of cancer, excessive sun exposure, and previous personal history of cancer are also contributing factors.

Oral Cancer Screening Process

An oral cancer screening is a quick and simple process. Your dentist will examine your mouth and tongue and may also do a quick scan of your face, neck, and lips. They may also feel your lymph nodes to check for any abnormalities there such as discoloration or lumps. If your dentist suspects any signs of oral cancer, they’ll let you know if you require any further testing beyond your screening.

Don’t be nervous about having an oral cancer screening. When it comes to oral cancer, early detection means early treatment, and thus a higher possible chance of survival!

Tips to Help Prevent Oral Cancer

To help prevent oral cancer, quit smoking, avoid all other tobacco products, and limit your consumption of alcohol. Additionally, brush and floss your teeth every day, drink plenty of water, maintain a balanced and healthy diet, and limit your consumption of sugary and acidic foods and beverages.

Your Health Is Our Priority!

At True Dental, we are committed to our patients’ health and are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about oral cancer screenings. Contact our friendly team today.

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