Oral Cancer Screening
Cancer is a deadly disease that can attack the body almost anywhere, including your mouth. Oral cancers are serious, causing the death of over 9,000 people every year in the U.S. Like all cancer, early detection is the most effective weapon to treat oral cancer. At Taylor Dental & Implant Center, we care about your health and wellness. We offer oral cancer screenings as part of our general dentistry services to help you protect your health.
Oral cancer affects both genders and all ethnic groups. Risk factors include smoking or tobacco use, high alcohol consumption and HPV. While most oral cancer is found in those over forty, it can occur at any age and has begun affecting younger people, even those who do not use tobacco.
The reason oral cancer is so deadly is that it is often not found until its later stages when it is the hardest to treat. It is not that it cannot be detected, but instead, that most people do not undergo regular oral cancer screenings. Changes in the tissues in the mouth or lumps in the throat or jaw can be identified through screenings and investigated further for possible cancer.
Identify Mouth Cancer Early
Reducing risk factors like tobacco and heavy alcohol use can help protect you against oral cancer, but you should add oral cancer screenings to your wellness routine. At Taylor Dental & Implant Center, we can perform a screening with your regular dental exam. It only takes a few minutes and is not invasive. Our dentist will carefully inspect the tissues in your mouth using specialized equipment that can detect tiny changes that could be signs of oral cancer. This quick scan could save your life, detecting oral cancer in the earliest stages when it is the easiest to treat successfully.
During your next dental exam, ask to have an oral cancer screening performed. It is just one more service we offer to help protect your health at Taylor Dental & Implant Center. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.