Your twice-annual dental cleaning and checkup consists of several different phases. This includes cleaning your teeth and polishing surface stains, while also inspecting your mouth for issues like tooth decay and gum disease. At the conclusion of the checkup, your dentist will also perform a basic cancer screening. Detecting oral cancer early will greatly improve your chances for a quick and successful treatment.
At the start of the screening, you should tell your dentist about any risk factors you have. This includes a family history of oral cancer, past cancer diagnosis or lifestyle habits such as regular alcohol and tobacco use.
According to the American Dental Association 1 in 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer at some point in their life. The average age of detection is 62. Statistically men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. Factors like regular alcohol and tobacco use increase the chances of developing oral cancer earlier in life.
The cancer screening, only takes a few moments and includes your dentist inspecting your tongue, throat, face, head and neck for any signs of infection, swelling or cancer.
If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you are overdue for your regular dental checkup please call us at 816-525-5414 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain good oral health!