Oral Cancer Screenings Are Important
Oral cancer screenings are included in all New You Dental Center regular check-ups.
Oral cancer screenings include a careful and complete exam of your mouth and tongue for any abnormalities or precancerous conditions. Early detection of cancer will give you most treatment options.
An estimated 1 in 92 adults will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Dental Association.
If you are experiencing difficulty chewing or swallowing, or difficulty moving your jaw or tongue, numbness in your throat or a change in your voice not associated with a cold or flu, make an appointment for an oral cancer screening. Signs and symptoms include a lump or thickening of the oral soft tissues, or swelling that affects the fit and comfort of dentures.
VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening System
The certified dental professionals at New You Dental Center utilize the most advanced technology available to give our patients the most thorough screenings possible.
This device can detect abnormalities beyond what the eye can see, meaning it can catch what might even be missed during routine dental exams. We always have you and your health in mind, which is why we love that it's backed by more clinical trials than other technology of its kind, and that it allows us to provide you with accurate results quickly and without dyes.
The non-invasive, pain-free examinations can be completed during your lunch break or even between errands, taking as little as 2 minutes in the right conditions. Watch the short video to learn more!
Risk factors for oral cancer include:
- Tobacco use; smoking or chewing
- Alcohol use
- Heavy use of alcohol and tobacco together
- HPV infection
- Age: risks increase after age 44
- Gender: men are more likely than women
- Prolonged exposure to UV light (sunlight) is a factor in lip cancer
The best prevention for oral or oropharyngeal cancer is to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, refrain from smoking, and visit your dentist regularly. If detected early, there is an 80-90% survival rate.
If oral cancer screening is not part of your dentist’s routine exam, call us. We provide total and comprehensive oral care, including oral cancer screening, for your entire family. Your oral health is important to us!