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Schedule Your First Oral Cancer Screening Of 2024



Have you made any resolutions for 2024? Amid your goals of getting in shape or taking on new hobbies, don’t forget about your smile. Now is a great time to schedule your 2024 oral cancer screening. In today’s blog, your Columbia, TN, dentist talks about the importance of an exam and screening for your smile.


 


The Risks of Oral Cancer

According to studies from The Oral Cancer Foundation, over 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone. Of that number, half will succumb to the disease in just five years. One major reason for the high mortality rate, despite the issue being treatable, is that people rarely uncover it in the early and more treatable stages. Which is why we’re so insistent on a screening at least once a year. The earlier this is diagnosed, the more like a recovery is, which is why we recommend this for adults each year as part of the checkup process.


The Examination Process

The screening process involves visually examining the smile and also using advanced technology to uncover areas that are paternally cancerous or precancerous. We can then recommend a biopsy to see if you have oral cancer, and talk about specialist referrals so you can begin treatment. The process takes only a few minutes and is part of your checkup process. Which is yet another reason to undergo an exam and cleaning every six months. In addition to screening for oral cancer, we also look for signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease, along with other issues that could threaten your oral health and smile beauty. We also remove all plaque and tartar, which fights bad breath, brightens your teeth, and protects you from gum disease.


Warning Signs to Watch For

Your risk of developing the disease increases with excessive UV exposure and the use of tobacco products, or the excessive consumption of alcohol. But even if these factors don’t apply to you, cancer could still occur. You should always see us for an examination, especially if you notice changes to your smile. Lesions and sores that don’t heal after two weeks, changes to your voice and persistent hoarseness, and hard patches or areas with red and white splotches are all common indicators of the disease, as well as sudden weight loss.


If you have any questions about how we conduct a screening for your smile, or if you’re ready to schedule a checkup and cleaning visit, then contact our team today to learn more.


Talk To Creekside Family Dentistry About Your Next Visit

We want to help you protect your oral health during 2024. Give us a call at Creekside Family Dentistry in Columbia, TN at (931) 388-3384 for more information or to schedule an appointment!

 

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