How Oral Cancer Screenings Can Save Your Smile
Oral cancer screenings can save your smile and your life! The incidence of this quickly spreading cancer increases every year in the United States, says the Oral Cancer Foundation, but through early detection, cure rates can increase. Your Danbury, CT, dentist, Dr. George Landress, screens his older teen and adults patients for this harmful malady as part of routine exams and cleanings.
Fast, easy, and effective
That describes oral cancer screenings with Dr. Landress. They take just a few minutes. First, your dentist will look into your mouth, inspecting the tongue and under the tongue, the roof of your mouth, inside the cheeks, at the back of the throat, and more. He'll palpate, or feel, the sides of your throat and then that's it. You're done.
Signs and symptoms of oral cancer
What is Dr. Landress looking for? Frankly, he looks for things that may not be noticeable to you. In reality, they may indicate the squamous cell carcinoma that comprises most cancerous lesions at the back of the throat, on the tongue and lips and on the salivary glands. These lesions may be white or red in color and do not heal quickly as a cold sore does.
Additionally, patients with oral cancer often have:
- Pain when eating
- Difficulty swallowing
- A change in the fit of a denture or in dental bite
Its origin and how to avoid it
The Oral Cancer Foundation cites many causes for this kind of cancer. They include:
- Too much sun exposure
- Alcohol abuse
- Chewing tobacco
- Exposure to HPV, the Human Papilloma Virus (which is sexually transmitted)
While oral cancer seems to cross age, gender, and racial lines, men suffer from it more than women do. However, the National Cancer Institute indicates that incidence among young women has risen sharply over the past few years.
Because of the deadly results of this cancer, Dr. Landress urges his patients to live a healthy lifestyle. A diet high in fibrous fruits and vegetables seems to help. Stop all tobacco use, and limit your sun exposure, particularly deliberate tanning. Look into your mouth and at your lips regularly, and see your dentist in Danbury every six months for your routine screening.
It's your life
Preserve it with easy oral cancer screening. Please call Dr. George Landress in Danbury, CT, today to arrange your six-month cleaning and check-up, and get some peace of mind at (203) 743-7608.