Here’s Why Your Routine Oral Cancer Screening Matters! [BLOG]
Do you know how to protect yourself from oral cancer?
You may think it’s enough to brush and floss everyday, but actually, keeping your mouth safe from cancer and other serious problems takes more than that.
One of the main reasons is that you can’t detect dental problems on your own. There are plenty of threats that can develop affecting your teeth and gums that the naked eye can’t spot.
And if you wait until you’re in pain to visit the dentist, by that point, whatever oral health problem you’re facing has already advanced.
The best thing to do to protect your mouth from oral cancer is to be routinely screened as part of your comprehensive dental care.
As we close out Oral Cancer Awareness Month, our team at Perfect Smiles wants you to know why periodic screenings are so valuable!
The Importance Of Oral Cancer Screenings
Early detection is key to maximizing your chances for successful treatment, which is why oral cancer screenings are a routine part of your dental checkups at Perfect Smiles.
We use the latest technology and our years of training and experience to examine your mouth for any warning signs of cancer. We’ll also talk to you about your individual risk for developing oral cancer based on your lifestyle habits, as well as your family and individual medical history.
If you fall into the high risk category, we may recommend screening you more often so that you have the best chance to overcome oral cancer if it develops. The goal is to stay ahead of it as much as possible, as well as give you the tools to prevent it. You can better your chances for avoiding oral cancer by:
- Quitting smoking
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Avoiding too much sun exposure
- Wearing SPF lipbalm
- Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Brushing and flossing every single day
Here’s something to keep in mind – the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer patients who catch the disease before it has a chance to spread is nearly 83%!
It’s an inspiring statistic and a great motivator to not only live your healthiest life, but to rely on our advanced early detection technology during your routine dental appointments!
Schedule Your Next Appointment!
Keeping your mouth healthy takes commitment, not just to your daily oral hygiene routine, but also to your diet, lifestyle, and your routine dental cleanings and exams at Perfect Smiles!
Every six months, we’ll remove any harmful plaque and tartar buildup, use the latest methods in early detection to thoroughly examine your mouth, and give you the peace of mind that you’re protecting your oral and overall health.
Now that you know why your routine oral cancer screenings are so valuable to your overall dental care, it’s time to pay us a visit!