You know you are supposed to visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but did you know there is another reason why these appointments are necessary? Routine visits allow you to have an oral cancer screening in Frisco. It is estimated 50,000 adults are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Unfortunately, the 5-year survival rate is only about 50% due to late diagnosis. We can help to detect cancerous and precancerous cells early by examining your lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, and throat for any signs of the disease. If we find anything concerning, Stonebriar Smile Design works with a well-known dental oncology expert who can advise you how to best handle the situation.
Oral cancer is classified as those that affect the head and neck; however, brain cancer is in a separate category. It is often found in the tongue, cheeks, lips, and throat. Although anyone can develop it, tobacco use and the human papillomavirus (HPV) significantly increases the risk.
Among the leading risk factors for oral cancer involve:
Oral cancer is not widely discussed. As a result, many people are not aware they can benefit from a screening from their dentist in Frisco. This often causes the cancer to go undetected until it has reached advanced stages or metastasized to other areas of the body. This contributes to the low long-term survival rate.
By detecting the cancer early, quick intervention is taken to stop it from progressing. Routine screenings play an invaluable role as 80% of new cases could be diagnosed early by a dentist.
Your dentist discusses your oral and overall health while performing a visual examination to look for abnormalities, such as:
It is best to have an oral cancer screening at least once a year. It can be performed quickly during a routine cleaning and checkup. If you notice any changes to your oral health or signs of the disease, it is best to schedule a screening immediately.
If it has been longer than 1 year since your last oral cancer screening or if you have any questions, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.