One American dies every hour of every day from Oral Cancer. And yet, Oral Cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer, if caught early. Oral Cancer risks are often associated with lifestyle choices such as smoking or tobacco use, but today - we know there are many more factors involved. The death rate of oral cancer is now higher than skin cancer, breast cancer and Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Oral cancer screenings - one of the most important life-saving diagnostic evaluations you can have!
This is why, at Cloudland Dental, you receive an oral cancer screening at each of your preventative appointments. The screening is done in one of two ways:
- Visual - which is a close examination of your tongue, cheeks, and oral tissues by our dentist and hygienists. Any abnormalities are carefully reviewed and depending on our findings, you may be referred to an oral surgeon or other specialist for additional follow-up.
- Oral ID Screening Tool - this technology allows us to see potential abnormalities long before they would be visible to the human eye. Because it is extremely important to catch any potential issues early, we highly recommend you be screened utilizing the Oral ID at least once per year.
Remember - early detection is the key to surviving and treating Oral Cancer. Having oral cancer screenings as part of your dental health care routine could actually save your life!