Every year, more than 53,000 Americans are diagnosed with some form of oral cancer. This is a serious condition that requires an early diagnosis to treat effectively and increase your chances or recovery. Humphries Dental encourages all our patients to come in for an oral cancer screening if you suspect any symptoms. During the entire month of April, when you come into our practice for a routine hygiene appointment, you are also eligible to receive a Free Oral Cancer screening!
Oral cancer is caused by abnormal cells dividing uncontrollably in the tissues of the mouth causing lesions and open sores to develop. Oral cancer can appear in any part of the mouth including:
There are several factors associated with an increased risk of developing oral cancer. Tobacco use (be it smoking or chewing) can put you at risk as well as excessive alcohol consumption or certain transmissible viruses like HPV.
An oral cancer screening is a thorough examination of the oral cavity for any visible signs of lesions or sores which might be indicative of the presence of cancer. The goal of a screening is to diagnose the presence of cancer early enough to maximize the effects of treatment.
OralID is an innovative new technology that allows dentists to diagnose several conditions much quicker than in years past. The OralID device uses a fluorescent light that can highlight abnormal tissue in the oral cavity. Using OralID, we can detect the early signs of oral cancer before it has a chance to spread because the light can help us see irregularities that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Common symptoms of oral cancer include open sores in the mouth that don’t seem to heal, white or red patches inside of the mouth, chronic pain, and even loose teeth. If you suspect that you might be dealing with the symptoms of oral cancer, don’t wait, all Humphries Dental today!
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