Oral Cancer Screenings and Prevention
Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers today. If it is not treated in time, it can spread to other facial and neck tissues, leading to disfigurement and pain. Our team of qualified experts will check for any and all signs of the disease, and review precautionary measures you can take to help prevent it.
keeping you safe
Check Thoroughly, Check Often
Frequent Screenings for Oral Cancer
Due to the progressive nature of the disease, it is recommended that patients over 20 years old be screened every 3 years, and for patients over 40 to be screened annually. As is the case with any form of cancer, early detection is essential in combating it.
In general, early signs of oral cancer usually occur in the form of lumps, patchy areas and lesions, or breaks, in the tissues of the mouth. In many cases, these abnormalities are not painful in the early stages, making even self-diagnosis difficult.
Prevention is the key to staving off oral cancer. One of the biggest culprits is tobacco and alcohol use. Certain kinds of foods and even overexposure to the sun have also been linked to oral cancer. Some experts believe certain oral cancer risk factors are also hereditary.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best defenses against oral cancer. Maintaining good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups, are highly recommended.
Family Dental Care
Karls Family Dentistry is happy to provide comprehensive dental services for your family. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning.