Three Reasons to Get an Oral Cancer Screening

Chester VA Oral Cancer ScreeningHave you ever received an oral cancer screening? As experts in oral anatomy, your dental team is the best place to start. Chester Road Family Dental recommends performing these screenings as a part of every patient exam, regardless of your age and background.

Here are three reasons why:

Oral Cancer Doesn’t Just Happen to People Who Use Tobacco Products
Think that oral cancer is only caused by smoking cigarettes, using snuff, or puffing on a cigar now and then? Think again! Risk factors from sun exposure to viruses can trigger pathological growth. That’s why our Chester dental team believes it’s important to screen every patient, regardless of age, for oral pathology.

It’s Hard to Find it Yourself
One of the most unfortunate things about oral cancer is that most people never even realize there is something wrong until it is too late. Oral cancer is an extremely dangerous disease. By the point it’s causing uncomfortable soreness or obvious growths, it is likely to be very advanced.

The Earlier You Diagnose the Disease, The Better Chance of Recovery
Catching oral cancer in the earliest stages means you can start treating it sooner. Experts warn that because of how dangerous oral cancer is, early diagnosis is the key factor in whether or not you may successfully recover from it.

So, what should you look for? If you notice ulcers that aren’t healing, a sore in your mouth that won’t go away after a couple of weeks, or white/red patches that don’t match other parts of your mouth, let Chester Road Family Dental know right away. We’ll monitor the area and if necessary, order a biopsy just to be sure! Contact us today for more information.

Posted on behalf of Chester Road Family Dental