You are probably aware of the main reasons for maintaining routine dental exams. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy will ensure that you get to enjoy your natural teeth for your entire life. Keeping gum disease at bay is another important aspect of routine dental appointments. However, a dental exam could also be a life-saving experience. Maintaining six-month cleanings and exams in the best way to protect yourself from the risk of oral cancer.
We traditionally think of oral cancer as a risk for tobacco users. While they are the most common patients for oral cancer, there is a growing number of oral cancer patients whose diagnosis is linked to HPV, which is a sexually transmitted disease. Regardless of a cause, oral cancer is an extremely serious situation. About 80% of patients survive past 5 years if the cancer is caught early.
Oral Cancer Checks
While we do checks in the office, you can also take a look for yourself. Be on the lookout for unusual bumps around your cheeks, gums, tongue, and lips. You should also check for wounds that won’t heal, crusty scabs that won’t go away, and any discolored areas. Areas that are tender or numb can also be signs that there is a problem. If you notice any problems that you are unsure of, don’t hesitate to have your mouth looked at.
Dental appointments are extremely important for all aspects of your oral health. Not only will we make sure you can maintain your natural teeth, but we will make sure that you are around to enjoy them! Contact us today to set up an appointment for your next exam and cleaning. We’ll take a look at anything concerning you and let you know when to act on unusual findings.