irving oral cancer screeningWe would like to see you for an oral cancer screening, which we offer as part of your dental checkup visit. A routine screening is essential for an early diagnosis and an increased chance for recovery. In today’s blog, your Irving, TX, dentist will discuss the importance of a routine oral cancer screening, and how to recognize possible warning signs.

The Oral ID Process

Our team will not just conduct a simple visual exam. We will also employ the Oral ID screening system, which uses a special light to highlight areas that are possibly cancerous or precancerous, so we can make examinations with precision and accuracy. If we find areas of concern, we can refer you for a biopsy to continue the diagnostic process. We recommend a dental screening at least once every year. Doing so helps improve your chances of a full recovery!

The Factors Behind Oral Cancer

Oral cancer impacts smiles of all ages, but adults are at a higher risk. Factors behind it can include excessive alcohol consumption, UV exposure, or the use of tobacco products. But even if you don’t drink or smoke, you should still undergo a screening, because even people without these risk factors could develop the disease. According to studies from the Oral Cancer Foundation, of the estimated 53,000 who will be diagnosed this year, half will succumb to the disease in only five years. The main reason? It’s rarely found in the early stages. The earlier the diagnosis, the greater the hope for a full recovery.

Symptoms to Watch For

People with the disease may encounter a sore throat or hoarseness that doesn’t subside after a few days, or lesions, rough patches, or areas of red and white splotches in the mouth that last two weeks or longer. Sudden weight loss, changes in your voice, ear pain, or pain when swallowing could be symptoms as well. When you experience sudden pain or sore throat doesn’t heal, let us know right away. We will conduct an examination to see if you have the disease and need to seek treatment.

Healthy Habits

You can help lower your risk with healthy changes to your daily routine. If you’re going to be in the sun, wear sunscreen. Drink alcohol in moderation, and avoid tobacco products completely, even smokeless tobacco. These changes protect your smile as well, and limit your risk for multiple forms of cancer. If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an oral cancer screening, then contact our team today.

Talk To Your Irving, TX Dentist About Scheduling Your Next Visit

We’re ready to help you enjoy optimal oral health and protect your smile. To find out more about our detailed dental examinations, then please reach out to Defining Smiles in Irving, TX today at 972-717-0860.